Martial arts of Japan

Thorough explanation of Wagasa’s history, types, and production process

What is Wagasa? It is not clear when it was introduced to Japan, but it began to be seen in the Heian period (794-1185), when paper manufacturing technology was improved and bamboo craftsmanship was introduced, and it is still being produced today. Although the structure to open and close the umbrella is the same as that of the Western style umbrellas that are now mainstream, the materials used are different, and there are also differences in the way they are used and managed. While Western-style umbrellas are made of cotton, silk, nylon, polyester, etc., Wagasa umbrellas are made of bamboo for the shaft and the bone, and oiled paper treated with persimmon tannin or linseed oil is used for the umbrella cloth to make it waterproof. Wagasa history Wagasa, invented in ancient China, was used by nobles to ward off […]