Interest Vagabond Manga Inspires US$66 Folding Paper Fans
posted on 2012-05-22 03:10 EDT by Egan Loo
The traditional Japanese artisans at Kyukyodo began selling two folding paper fans inspired by Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond manga on Monday. Both 5,250-yen (about US$66) fans reproduce illustrations that Inoue painted with a Japanese paintbrush (as opposed to a modern pen).
One fan (pictured above) features Inoue's drawing of the manga's lead character Musashi on Japanese white paper with tropical wood blades. The other fan (pictured left) features Inoue's drawing of Kojirō on pale yellow paper with unfinished wood blades.
The fans are made by hand one-by-one. Kyukyodo is only producing 1,000 fans initially, but it may continue making and selling more.
Kyukyodo was founded in 1663, and it is making the Vagabond fans in conjunction with the opening of its branch in the new Tokyo Solamachi shopping area.