Marugame Round Fans


This type of coated, ridged fan with a round gold seal on it was devised a something pilgrims going to the well-known temple of Konpira on the island of Shikoku could buy. During the 18th century, the Marugame clan made their production a part-time job for clan warriors and this became the foundation of today's craft. At present, almost 90% of all round fans made in Japan are produced in the area.

A special feature of these fans is the way that one piece of bamboo is fashioned into both ribs and a handle, which is sometimes left round or made flat.


The main feature of Marugame uchiwa is that the handle and the spokes are often made of a single bamboo. There are two types of handles, round and flat.

How to make

The spokes of the fans are made by whittling bamboos of the madake and hachiku varieties. Paper is then carefully pasted onto the spokes and, when color is applied, persimmon juice and natural lacquer are used.