Korean Wind Chimes

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Japanese Wind Chimes

+ Wind chimes and Japanese culture

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Wind chimes and Japanese culture

In Japan a wind chime is not always a wind chime, somtimes it's a furin. Furin are small bells and wind chimes made from glass, metal or ceramics. They have long paper sails suspended from the clapper in the center of the bell. When giving furin as a gift, it is customary to write a small message on the paper sail. This delicate construction delivers a pleasant sound even in the slightest of breezes.

Furin are relatively small in size but come in a variety of shapes, and are often decorated with plant, animal and insect motifs, like turtles, fish and dragon flies, to create a stronger connection with the natural world. They are usually hung indoors near windows, or outside under the eaves.

Japanese Wind Chime History

Wind chimes have a rich history in Japan dating back many centuries. The direct predecessor of the Furin is thought to be a type of bells known as Futaku (hanging bells) used in Buddhism halls and towers in China and Japan during the Kamakura Period (1192 - 1333). The enjoyment of Furin became popular among the general public during the Muromachi Period (1336 - 1573). Hanging Furin under the eaves to provide a sense of cool during the summer months is a custom that dates from this time.

During the Edo Period (1603 - 1867), Furin were sold by peddlers carrying their wares on poles as they walked through the streets. The glass-made Furin of the Edo Period were decorated with paintings of flora and fauna, and are almost identical to the glass furin being produced in Japan today.

Japanese Wind Chime Festival

The fair is held around July 20th every year at the Kawasaki Daishi Temple is a suburb of Tokyo. In recent years the festival has brought together some 650 different types of furin collected from around Japan. The festival has become a popular cultural event and attracts crowds of about 200,000 for the four-day event.



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