Fans aren’t just beautiful decorations but practical items you can use in Japan and back home to fight the summer heat. For this reason, they are a stylish yet inexpensive souvenir you can pick up all over Nakamise Dori. In fact, you can find plenty for under ¥2,000 (about $20).
Fans, or sensu, are a traditional artform in Japan. These foldable fans were actually invented in Japan and are very representative of the country’s culture. To further this, you can find many with famous Japanese paintings or designs on them.
My advice? Get a couple. Go for a high-quality, expensive fan with a beautiful design to take home with you. For walking around Asakusa in the summer heat, buy a cheap one.