Edo furin (wind bell) is a Japanese traditional artcraft which gives out a refreshing ring as the wind blows.
Shinohara Furin Honpo is one of the few wind bell factories left in Tokyo. As many as 300 - 400 pieces a day are hand made by skilled craftsmen.
The wind bells of Shinohara Furin Honpo are called "Edo Furin".
Nowadays, there are only three skilled craftsmen who can make this traditional craftwork.
Factory manager, Yoshiharu Shinohara was awarded as honorary citizen of Tokyo by the Tokyo Metropolitan Governer in 2004 for his accomplishments in making Edo Furin and his contribution to develop the skill of the craftsman of Edo.
One unique feature of Edo Furin is in its making process.
The craftsman blows the glass-ball in mid-air by using molten glass pipe, then cuts off the mouth and paints inside. The mouth is intentionally rugged for a better ringing sound which is also its characteristic feature.
The beautiful sound is produced when a strip of paper, which is suspended from the wind bell's clapper, catches the wind, making the clapper swing and rub against the rugged edge of glass.
Japanese summer symbols, such as fireworks and goldfish are hand-painted by artisans.
From ages ago, Japanese have endured the humid summer heat with the clear sound of wind bells. Turn off your air-conditioning and let's start enjoying an eco-friendly life with wind bells.