Lower Elementary Project 2018-2019
Asian Fans with Japanese Cherry Blossoms
In East Asia, the hand fan can be dated all the way back to the 2nd century BCE in China. These fans were typically made of woven bamboo with a flat surface. The Japanese invented the folding fans during approximately the 6th to 9th century CE, which most resemble the types of fans we have displayed here. They were made by using thread to tie together thin strips of Japanese cypress. The intended owner’s social rank determined the number of strips of wood that would be used. On the surface of the fan, we have created our interpretation of Japanese cherry blossoms. The blossoms resemble clouds, which are ephemeral. In Japanese culture, they are used as a metaphor for natural life, and how it is fragile and therefore must be seen as precious. The Lower Elementary students are participating in the study of different cultures in each continent, different biomes, countries, and flags of Asia in the 2018-2019 school year.
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