The Japanese love their fans, and they are well used during the sweltering summer heat. The average temperature while I was traveling around was between 35 and 40 Celsius. Definitely, fan weather.
I was surprised to discover that fan making is very much a cottage industry. In Kyoto I visited several small shops where fans were being made at the back. I was also told that many people produce fans in their homes.
This shot was taken in a fan shop in Kyoto. All of the fans were produced in a small area at the back of the shop. Budget travelers looking to bring souvenirs home will find fans to be a great option. Even the least expensive are well made.