Edo Wind Chimes (江戸風鈴 Edo-Furin)


 

Edo wind chimes

Wind chimes is originally a tool that was used by the Chinese fortune-telling called “Senpooh-Taku (Fortune Wind Bell)”, had been imported into Japan as “Fuh-Taku(Wind Bronze Bell)”with Buddhism. Initially, it was used as good luck charm that was hanged on the four corners of the temple roof eaves, it was said that misfortune does not occur to the residents of the range in which the bell sound can be heard. Although the time of the wind chimes were mainly made of bronze, in the Kyoho period of Edo era (around a.c.1700) the glass made wind chime appeared. Glass wind chime at that time was very expensive and common people were not affordable to own but only the wealthy people such as feudal lords and wealthy merchants could buy and decollated their houses. In modern Japan, wind chimes became rites of summer, but it is said that because the price of glass has become cheaper in Meiji period. However, wind chimes can be seen in Ukiyoe (Japanese historical color printings) of middle the Edo era, with the beauties who are cooling off on the veranda wearing a yukata (Japanese kimono).
If you hear the wind chimes sound, you should feel the heart will be healed. This has been verified scientifically because the human being is comfortable with the wind chime sound as the “rhythm of fluctuation” tone. “Edo wind chime” was registered as the brand, taking over the history of the glass wind chime from Edo era by Mr. Shinohara Yohshiharu of wind chimes craftsmen in 1965. Only Shinohara wind chimes Honpo (Shop) with a history of 100 years, and Shinohara Maruyoshi Honpo can be branded as Edo wind chimes.
 


 

 

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