Rihei Kawamura (1851-1923), President of the Naigai Cotton Company in Osaka, was deputed in 1889 by the spinning industry to import Indian cotton. He was the pioneer of Naigai's investment in China for establishing Japanese-owned mills in Shanghai. Kawamura practised calligraphy and was passionate about Chinese art. During his stay in Shanghai, he sponsored the establishment of the Water Moon School where his memorial statue was erected at the same time.
This selection of fan leaves is part of his collection which he gradually assembled while travelling between China and Japan.