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‘Fūrin’ wind chimes, an iconic symbol of summers in Japan



2021.07.22 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

The weather is getting warmer as the rainy season comes to an end. When the warm summer arrives in Japan, we often see small bells with rectangular pieces of paper hanging from them under the eaves of houses and near windows. These are called ‘fūrin’ (wind chimes), an iconic symbol of summers in Japan. Not only do they look as if they can lower the surrounding temperature by a few notches, but they make a captivating sound in the natural breeze as well.

There are many different kinds of wind chimes, including those made of glass, metal, and porcelain. One noteworthy kind of glass wind chimes crafted with glass processing techniques that have been handed down from the Edo period is known as the "Edo Fūrin." "Shinohara Maruyoshi Fuurin," a shop located in Asakusa of Taito City, is one of the few wind chime stores in Japan that have inherited this special production technique for crafting the Edo-style wind chimes. At this store, you can buy Edo-style wind chimes that have been individually handcrafted by craftsmen, as well as accessories that have been made with the glass processing techniques used to produce these wind chimes. You can even try your hand at painting wind chimes and blowing glass. In order to allow customers to enjoy the hands-on experience of making wind chimes with peace of mind amid the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the store is also offering a "remote painting experience" where customers can paint wind chimes in the comfort of their own home while listening to the explanations of craftsmen delivered via Zoom.

Visit the website below for more information on "Shinohara Maruyoshi Fuurin"!

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