No, I'm not referring to this sort of fan, though I am that kind of fangirl.
Nor am I talking about this type of fan. Although you can't beat it for white noise while you're trying to sleep.
I'm referring to this fan--
In karate we're studying fans. Mine has metal blades and black silk decorated with dragons. You'd think holding a fan would make a girl look naturally graceful, but that's not the case for me. They're hard to hold, they're very LOUD when you snap them open, and people are constantly cutting themselves on the sharp edges. It's probably the most dangerous weapon we've taken up--who would've guessed, right? Apparently the fans were used by samurai and geisha--they conceal other weapons, they conceal intentions of warriors, the blades were like daggers and sometimes people stuffed needles or explosives inside the fans to release them--almost like ancient pepper spray or scattershot. Crazy. It's a very complicated weapon.
So, now I'm a fangirl. Fantastic.
Mr. O offered extra credit if we wear a kimono doing the form. Mr. D was in Japan years ago and brought one home for me--no kidding. Challenge accepted. I shall do the fan form wearing an authentic kimono. The toughest part will probably be tying the obi because it's like 8 feet long and incredibly bulky.
Spill it, reader. What challenge have you accepted lately?