Have any of y'all ever played Lunar 2: Eternal Blue? I always wondered that same thing about Jean. Strain's explanation makes sense. --- Gee, let me think about it. Yeah, I think we have time to find his lost jewelry. Hell, we could find him some matching earrings. ~Ryudo, Grandia II
There actually is type of Japanese fighting that primarily uses fans called tessenjutsu.
Well it seems there were a couple of different kinds of "war fan" made of iron or brass etc.
Gunsen were just a soldier's fan – for fanning.
Tessen were fans where each end (or possibly the entire thing) was made of iron so it could be folded and used as a club or alternatively a club disguised as a folded fan (apparently some samurai used them when they couldn't carry their swords as the name suggests this was the kind used for tessenjutsu)
And the gunbai/dansen uchiwa (possibly also gunbai/gunpai uchiwa) which I think I've seen as part of a samurai's regalia which were flat paddle-shaped fan (uchiwa) rather than a folding one made of metal that was used for fanning and signalling and carried by generals.
And then there's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harisen --- Nooooo, I'm fish *cook myself* -Leo4999