If you have ever been in Japan during the summer, there is no way you have not heard the beautiful, elegant and healing sounds of Japanese wind bells. Furin, literally meaning (Fu) Wind and (Rin) Bell, is one of Japan's most characteristic symbols of the Summer and hung outside many houses, shops and temples.
Japanese wind chimes originate from a Chinese fortune-telling tool called senfutaku. This instrument was used to predict your fortune based on its movement and sound created by the wind and got introduced in Japan along with Buddhism in the Heian era (794 - 1185). At first, the 'futaka' were hung out on the corners of temples and noble families as the rumbling noise was believed to protect those within hearing distance from misfortune scare of evil spirits. The sound was much different of the Furin and the material was so expensive that most people could not afford them.
During the Edo period, Dutch glass making techniques were to get introduced in Nagasaki and glass became very popular in Japan. Although at first very expensive, local craftsmen quickly mastered the art and started to create glass wind chimes that were now affordable for the common people. With this development, not only the material, but also the sound and design of the Furin changed and become much more gentle and elegant.
The beauty and sound of the Furin are not the only reason for its immense popularity in Japan. As the bells will only produce sound once the wind moves the paper attached to it, the sound is strongly associated with a nice summer breeze. Some research even claims the body feels cooler after listening to a wind bell! Furthermore, it is thought that the wind bells produce natural sounds that are relaxing and healing as they match the rhythm of life and nature.
Choose your ideal wind bell based on material, design, color and sound - and if you cannot find the perfect one, order a DIY glass or ceramic chime to paint yourself!
All of our wind bells are handmade by craftsmen with decades of experience and all carry a unique story, function and charm. Explore our Wind Bell shop to learn more.
For his movie "Red Beard", famous Japanese movie director Akira Kurosawa was on a quest to find the most beautiful-sounding Furin in Japan. He got enchanted by the Odawara casting wind chimes from Kashiwagi, which did not only make it to the movie, but are also used at the Japan National Diet and the Imperial Garden.
A must-have for any wind chime enthusiast!
Edo Furin is a family owned business with more than 65 years of experience. Edo was the name of the Japanese capital, now Tokyo, and during the 'Edo period' glass was first introduced into Japan by the Dutch, resulting in beautiful glass wind chimes. Choose your favorite hand-painted Furin from the list, or paint the inside yourself!
The six craftsmen from Miyabi Andon are well-known for their high quality designs and crafts. Their handmade products are made with unshaven, round splints of bamboo, rather than the flat, narrow strips of mass producers.
These beautiful, cast iron chimes have stylish, rather modern designs and come in different intense colors.
These cheerful chimes come with a stand that not only makes them suitable for desks and tables, but also allows for some storage or decoration.
Nousaku is run by the fourth generation of the family and is an expert in Takaoka casting techniques - an area famous for its tin and brass casting for over 400 years.
Nousaku combines sublime, high quality sound, with modern and exquisite design, creating an outstanding piece for any interior.