Excerpts from FUNDAMENTALS OF PROPS:THE FAN.

The following segment on the Fan is followed by 26 pages devoted to various ways of handling the fan and the rich vocabulary of fan movements, all illustrated with photographs or drawings.

  1. Heaven (Ten): Top of fan at center of Jigami
  2. Earth (Chi): Bottom of fan, under Kaname where ribs are joined.
  3. Point (Saki) Tip of Main Rib.
  4. Root (Moto): Same as Chi
  5. Ribs (Hone): Bamboo supports of fan paper
    5a@Main Ribs (Oyabone): Thick bamboo at edge of fan.
    5b@Small Ribs (Kobone): Eight small ribs between Oyabone
    5c@Middle Rib (Nakabone): Fifth rib from right Oyabone
  6. Paper (Jigami): Paper surface of the fan.
  7. Space (Ken): Openings between ribs at base of fan.
  8. Pivot Pin (Kaname): Center where ribs are joined by a pin

ABOUT Kaname (Pivot, the pin that holds the fan together)

The fan's Kaname is also called Kanime and Kanome. It is called Kanime, written with characters meaning gcrab's eyeh, because the rounded end with the pin in it looks like a crab's eye. Also called ōgime and Meōgi.

ABOUT THE Hone (Ribs)

The ribs of the fan are made of white bamboo(kijibone), dark banmboo(Susudake), black lacquer, Tame lacquer, Tamagozome, open-work carved wood, ivory or iron. In dance, the lacquered ribs are used mainly for women. In white bamboo, the shiny surface is used for the front of the fan, and the dull surface for the back.

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    • BEGINNING
    • UPPER BODY
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    • MOVEMENT
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