Yamaguchi Kyujo is famous for tuning each item’s chime based on the environment and purpose of use.
Their sounds can be heard all over Japan, at schools, trains, station melodies and in music productions. The tunes are also played inside the Shinkansen trains and sometimes as the ‘hold’ tune on telephones.
Yamaguchi Kyujo, founded in 1907, is an expert in producing Buddhist object and altar fillings and specializes in beautiful Orin products. Having years of experience and knowledge on the traditional products, they have now incorporated modern designs in order to boost the products with the younger generation and international market. They aim to create Orin that will fit in any lifestyle as daily life item, beyond their original ritual function.
First the metal is molded; this requires a lot of strength and reaches very high temperatures. Next, the object is shaved in the desired form. Next, they are carefully polished and finally, engraved and/or hand decorated. Lastly, in case of the more complex designs, the sound object is assembled with the rest of the design. The entire process requires many steps and the know-how and careful consideration of highly trained craftsmen.
Yamaguchi Kyujo’s specialty, ‘Kyujo Orin’, combines those tremendous efforts to create a warm, relaxing sound that can last up to one minute, even when tinkled softly. Research has even suggested that the flow of alpha ways have a healing effect on the brain.
Through their contemporary offerings you can now enjoy their soft, beautiful tones at your own home! Their offerings are divided in categories based on the purpose of the sounds. From ‘Heart’, ‘Guardian’, ‘Sphere’, ‘Fun’ or ‘Buddha’, with sounds based on depth, distance, energy and elegance. Browse NIHON ICHIBAN for their offerings of vases, doorbells, keepsakes, incense holders and classic singing bowls.
Starting at: $200.95
Starting at: $100.47