Types of War Fans
- Gunsen: folding fans used by the average warriors to cool themselves off. Made of wood, bronze, brass or a similar metal for the inner spokes. Often used thin iron or other metals for the outer spokes or cover, making them lightweight but strong. Warriors hung their fans from the belt or the breastplate.
- Tessen: folding fans with outer spokes made of heavy plates of iron and designed to look like normal, harmless folding fans. Another version came as solid clubs shaped to look like a closed fan. Samurai took them to places where other weapons were not allowed. Also used to fend off arrows and darts.
- Gunbai: large solid open fans made from solid iron, metal with wooden core, or solid wood. Carried by high-ranking samurai officers who used them to ward off arrows, as a sunshade, and to signal to troops.
Statue of Kato Kiyomasa
at Nagoya Castle grounds
in Nagoya, Japan on the Island of Honshu
YouTube Video: Pendragon Tessen fan kata
Article Source: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_fan>
Photograph of Kato Kiyomasa source: <http://www.flickr.com/photos/rekishinotabi/3557084910/>
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