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Japanese fans fight bacteria, virus and foul odors

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By Ben K, grape Japan

Some Japanese women hide their mouths when they laugh as a matter of etiquette or a mannerism corresponding to a certain traditional feminine ideal. It tends to be women of a certain generation who do this regularly but even some young women still do it today. For those who exhibit this kind of mannerism, they do it with their hand, but if they're holding a fan, they may use it instead, like this:

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Mannerisms aside, hiding your mouth with a fan when you laugh or talk could have practical applications as well, and not just for women.

But there's one important catch. It should be a special fan, one like the new line proposed by Miyawaki Baisenan Co Ltd 株式会社宮脇賣扇庵, a long-established store of Kyoto-style folding fans.

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What's so special about them? By applying a coat of plaster to both sides, the fan apparently takes on antiviral, antibacterial, and deodorant properties.

Antiviral / antibacterial mechanism

Stucco with antiviral and antibacterial functions forms a "porous" layer. Viruses and bacteria enter the coating, where strong alkaline components decompose the proteins of viruses and bacteria, thereby rendering them inactive.

Effective against pet odors and daily odors

Due to the same mechanism, the coating also has a deodorizing effect that adsorbs and decomposes acidic daily odors such as sweat, cigarette odors, and pet odors. It also adsorbs and detoxifies harmful substances such as formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has imposed new lifestyles requiring people to be vigilant by wearing masks and practicing social distance. Miyawaki Baisenan proposes using their fans to hide your mouth during conversations as an additional protective measure or using them to decorate your home in such locations as the entrance or on your desk.

七宝(紳士用・婦人用)Cloisonne (gentlemen's, ladies')

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ヒイラギ(紳士用・婦人用)Holly (gentlemen's, ladies')

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迷彩(紳士用・婦人用)Camouflage (gentlemen's, ladies')

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Product Information Stucco Fan

Price: 4,400 yen (including tax)

Content: Folding fan + vanity case

Format: 25 ribs, shiratake (white bamboo)

Sizes: Gentlemen's 22.5 cm, Ladies' 19.5 cm

Material: Bamboo, washi, celluloid

Coating: Injket print, stucco

Made in Japan

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Everything now has to be antiviral and antibacterial, or say it is although it has no evidence. Whatever makes people buy, and what is the point of detoxifying Xylene and Toluene? not many people are ever exposed to those, and the people that are will get no benefit from anything less than a proper mask.

(Formaldehyde I understand, I have had conversations with people that seemingly like to gargle the stuff or something that smells as bad)

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Because they used to eat uncooked meat, if we eat like that, teeth will come front, its shows very bad, while smiling,.... this is the reason..not an etiquette or mannerism...

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