This lovely Japanese Antique Kasa 傘 or Umbrella of Rice Paper, is an antique according to the seller, I would, therefore, put it from about the beginning of the 20th century. But, it could be newer. Regardless of the two areas that need a little patch of the Japanese rice paper tape or washi tape, I just had to have it to brighten up the store, it is so beautiful. It reminded me of Abby on NCIS. It is a beautiful soft yellow color and reminds me of a sunny day. it has a black checkered border. This would be excellent to keep off the sun, or to decorate with. They are also used in the rain in Japan. The handle and wood is bamboo, the rest rice paper called washi or oil-paper. This appears to be the non-oiled type called 'higasa' such as those used at weddings. As one can see, it opens and closes well, it just needs a little patching if one so chooses. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We are careful to check incoming items for any unusual smells. Again please let us know if you have any questions. This is a purchase from a US collector.
Size: This is not a full-size umbrella but it is not a child size either, please inquire as I need to go pull it back out for measurements. Approximately 40 inches wide and length is where it would be held just below the breast area then laying across the shoulder. Please inquire as I just went and looked for it and it's late and I will also need to adjust for shipping.
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Japanese Kasa 傘 Umbrellas
The Japanese umbrella is made with Japanese paper Washi or silk cloth with bamboo bones. It has been uniquely refined as living necessities in the ancient capital of Kyoto where varieties of local specialties are gathered from around the country. It was widely used from the Heian and Kamakura Period 794 - 1333 until the Western style umbrella was introduced in Edo and Meiji Period 1603 - 1912. In recent years the Japanese umbrellas are fundamental in Kabuki, tea ceremony, Japanese dancing, traditional ceremonies and festivals in shrines and temples. They are also popularly used as interior accessories. There are three types of Wagasa: an umbrella Wagasa, a parasol for dancing Maigasa and a parasol Higasa. The Washi paper is greased and it can be used as an umbrella. It is a strong umbrella. The elegance and the beauty of the color of the Washi paper flatters Japanese style clothing.Recently, it is also popularly chosen as a memorial item for wedding, or a gift for cerebrately occasions. Maigasa is a parasol for dancing. It is used for Japanese dancing and folk songs, which is light and easy to use for dancing. The beautifully designed parasols are not just for dancing but are useful and make your life's various occasions rich and colorful. This parasol is not greased and has a vivid color. It adds color to the various life events like wedding ceremony and the seven-five-three festival. Other than its utility, oil-paper umbrellas appear quite often in Japanese culture, and are often associated with geisha, traditional dance, tea ceremony, and daily utility including wedding ceremony. Oil-paper umbrella shops in Gion have classified their customers into categories for different styles of oil-paper umbrella:
Geisha use purple Dancers use pink Middle aged clients like green or red Men and elderly use dark blue Actors tend to pick black or brown Different colors have different connotations and symbolism; in traditional weddings, brides are usually covered under a red oil-paper umbrella.
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