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 celebrately 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.