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OKEIKO 3 The fan
They say that the folding fan („sensu” or „oogi”) evolved in Japan based on the ”uchiwa” (round, fixed fan), which originated from China. The fan, which is designed to create a breeze (by fanning) is an essential prop in Nihon Buyo. In accordance with its importance/Being such an important tool, Nihon Buyo dancers add the honorific prefix “o-„ before the word „oogi” and call it „o-oogi”.
(Mitsuko T. Sakurai)