Kotoko Hirata

Komorebi Uchiwa (asagao)


Komorebi (木漏れ日) is one of those uniquely untranslatable Japanese words. It means "sunlight filtering through the tree leaves" and embodies a poetic appreciation for nature and its changing seasons.

Capturing that aesthetic, and embedding it into a beautiful handheld fan (uchiwa), is the Komorebi Uchiwa. Escape the summer heat with this beautiful handheld fan made from Echizen Washi paper, a traditional Japanese craft with a 1500-year history. Artisans steeped in the tradition create leaf patterns within the paper by hand so when sunlight hits the fan a silhouette of tree leaves appear. 

The paper is then transported to Kyoto where fan makers create the radial wooden skeleton of the fan and merge it with the paper. The result is a wonderful collaboration of craftsmanship and nature.


  • Designer: Kotoko Hirata
  • Style: asagao morning glories
  • Size: 14 " x 8.6 " (365 x 220 mm)
  • Materials: mulberry bark, pulp, bamboo, Japanese hemlock
  • Includes gift box
  • Handmade in Japan