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Pretty, Funky and Cute Japanese Umbrella

Updated on April 5, 2014

Japanese Umbrella

Japanese umbrella is one of the most beautiful, unique, stylish and elegant umbrella in the world.

Japanese national going to Philippines for business or work know that the most requested homecoming gift token is the traditional Japanese umbrella. Filipinos going to Japan are also fond of buying umbrella to take home as a souvenir or to give as a gift to their relatives.

Traditional Japanese umbrella are called wagasa. It has wide variety of designs and color showing fashion and tradition of Japanese. If you go to the boutique selling Japanese umbrella I will bet that you will really find it very difficult to choose the prettiest one; all are stunning and beautiful.

Traditional Japanese umbrella are made of bamboo and Japanese paper called "washi", "wa" meaning Japanese and "shi" paper. Because it was made from paper many people think that all Japanese umbrella are unsuitable to use under the rain, but you will be surprise that there are many Japanese umbrella made from their special paper that can be use as rain umbrella.

Traditional Japanese Umbrella are very beautiful, no wonder its a great souvenir from japan or a wonderful gift for someone. Try giving this to your friend and see how happy she will be.

Japanese Chinese Umbrella Parasol 32in White 156-15

Bamboo Frame Floral Red Nylon Foldable Japanese Parasol Umbrella

Asian Japanese Chinese Umbrella Parasol 32in Pink 156-1

It's the most beautiful umbrella I ever had

I have japanese umbrella given by my friend. I was really surprised by its beauty. It was so lovely that everybody was looking and starring around me. I feel very feminine and beautiful carrying this umbrella. It was one of my happiest memory.

The Frame and The Paper Stretching Master

Unlike regular umbrella a handmade traditional Japanese umbrella is created by highly trained and skilled artisans, it cannot be done just by anyone or simple copying, no wonder it was not imitated successfully. There are two master category for making Japanese Umbrella. Both of these masters spent many years of making and constantly improving the creation of Japanese umbrella. One is a frame master. This are the one that creates the frame of umbrella which is made of bamboo. The another one is a Paper Stretching Master, these are the one who stretches fittedly the Japanese paper over the bamboo frame. The moment you saw a finished handmade Japanese umbrella you'll know that they really, really master the creation of japanese umbrella to its near perfection. It's awesomely beautiful.

Very cute hand made parasol Made from bamboo, wood and Nylon It measure 32 inches in diameter and have a length of 21.5 inches. This is 32 inches in diameter when open and you may find it very small for you. Actually if you look at the picture of geisha carrying a Japanese umbrella, it seems that it should be for small or young girls, but the truth is, you can have it for yourself too.

Art of Japanese Umbrella

Based on history it is said that Japanese umbrellas originally came from China long time ago. This is the primary reason why the art use for the design of Japanese umbrella are similar to the art and culture of china. One of the oldest and most common art and design for Japanese umbrella are flowers like the famous and very beautiful cherry blossom, colorful and lovely birds, geisha women, and Japanese calligraphy.

Japanese are using silk umbrella which came form china until Japanese umbrellas made of paper became popular all over Japan. Japanese made elegant parasol to cover shade from the sun. They put oil to Japanese umbrella so they can used it under the rain. The traditional Japanese umbrella are widely popular until the beginning of 1960's when low-cost and more convenient western umbrellas was introduce on the market. Because Japanese umbrella cost higher than a normal silk umbrella, the demand for traditional Japanese umbrella was lessen. The production also decline because the masters of Japanese umbrella are getting old and it would require many years to train new master to maintain the quality of handmade umbrella.

Bougainvillea Flower Petal 32 Inch Paper Parasol

Designs of Traditional Japanese Umbrella

Kozo, Mitsumata and Gampi

Like you, I am also wondering where did they get the Japanese paper they use for producing the Japanese umbrella. It must be very thick and strong because they can stretch it over the bamboo frame and the paper can protect both from sun and rain. They can also paint and draw different design on the paper without washing away.

  1. Kozo (Broussonetia papyrifera, Paper Mulberry tree) is the fibre which is most widely used in making Japanese umbrellas because of thick, long, strong and lasting quality of color.
  2. Mitsumata (Edgeworthia chrysantha) is made from indigenous crop in Japan which are quite expensive that's why very few japanese umbrella are made from this.
  3. Gampi (Diplomorpha sikokiana) which is one of the earliest fibre used for making Japanese umbrellas, are the most common paper for Japanese umbrella because you can write or paint on without bleeding the ink.

Handle with Care

Japanese umbrella are made carefully by hand. Take care of it and you'll be surprise by its' awesome quality.

Japanese umbrella are very special

Traditional hand made Japanese Umbrella are crafted by highly skilled artisans to near perfection.

Antique Japanese Umbrella

Making traditional Japanese umbrella is not easy. Aside from this is a handmade product, the process required to create a Japanese style umbrella are very complicated and involve many steps. The primary nine major steps and other steps that can be a total of over 100 steps. The Japanese umbrella are made from only natural materials and it takes several months for each process and steps to finished the umbrella.

Japanese Umbrella for outdoor decoration

Aside from weather protection, Traditional Japanese Umbrella are also being use for outdoor decoration. Japanese umbrella is a great add on for everything. Its a perfect decoration for events or occasions.

Japanese fan

This is one of the best gift i have ever receive. The Japanese fan, they called it Sensu, is very beautiful. It is easy to use. You can open and close the fan with a little help of your fingers. Unlike other handheld fan that can easily look grimmy, japanese fan looks always clean even after many times of use.

Do you like Japanese Umbrella?

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      6 years ago

      I own one and it is a beautiful decoration in my home. I love all the pictures on here, they are beautiful.

      Li Li

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      ayng29 lm 

      6 years ago

      Yes. They're really pretty!

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      Sher Ritchie 

      6 years ago

      Love it! The ones on your lens are amazing, and very beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      WOW! I would love to own such beautiful umbrellas!


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