Just like a folding fan (sensu), you can use this to personally cool yourself down with a steady stream of air.
There are uchiwa just like the one i the picture, where it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call it a work of art.
Though most fans are made of paper, there are some made so that you can soak them in water and they will cool you down even more. These are called “mizu uchiwa.”
The worst part about summer are the mosquitos. Itching from their bite and turning red is also pretty awful.
Plus, hearing their wings buzz around your ears when you try to go to bed happens frequently.
From time immemorial, these mosquito coils (katorisenkou) have been used to exterminate these bugs.
It’s made from pyrethrum. Though the name sounds dangerous, its flowers are very beautiful.
Since the raw ingredients are a natural insecticide, there are many people who love them.
Kaya (mosquito net)
These aren’t limited to just Japan but are used in every area afflicted by mosquitoes.
In the past, even Cleopatra used them.
Japanese mosquito nets are made with linen that matches with nature.
Recently, thanks to their effectiveness in areas without electricity, they’ve become popular again.
It is also used in homes where they cannot use air conditioners as a way to feel the direct breeze coming from outside.
Uchimizu (sprinkling water)
This is one method to pass the summer using vaporization heat.
Don’t use tap water.
Use leftover water from the bath or rainwater collected from your yard or garden, because that’s more economically friendly.
There are areas who have created events around this as the ecological movement has expanded.
If you sprinkle water on the hot earth where it’s humid, then in the mornings and evenings it will feel relatively cool.
Also, if you use it in shady areas where there’s wind, the effects will be even stronger.
Of course, this uchimizu is linked to hospitality customs like the tea ceremony. You’re not just demanding coolness, but you’re also cleaning the area so customers don’t dirty their feet or their kimono. The look of a clean area is also a wonderful added effect.
You can experience a sense of coolness through your hearing.
While most of them are made of glass, there will definitely be a strip of paper attached at the bottom.
This is so that when the wind blows, a gentle chime will ring.
Because you can hear which way the wind is blowing, you can also sense how the weather will change.
Whether it’s going to rain, if you should bring in the laundry…you’ll be able to tell this sort of thing.
Use your five senses to fully enjoy the Japanese seasons.