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Production of the Nagoya sensu, or folding fan, began around the middle of the eighteenth century in the city surrounding Nagoya Castle, although the sensu itself dates from around the ninth century. The advent of air conditioning has cut into the sales of these devices for cooling off, but they are still an essential item during traditional events like weddings and the tea ceremony.
(Photo by Masatsugu Yokoyama; story on page 1)
Aichi Prefecture is located roughly in the middle of the Japanese archipelago and is the nation's top industrial prefecture, being the home of Toyota Motor Corp. and other leading-edge manufacturers. It also has a rich history and cultural tradition that continue to enrich the lives of residents today. A number of large-scale projects are planned to lead the prefecture into the twenty-first century, including the 2005 World Exposition and a new international airport.

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