The Sound of Buddha
Sahari, an alloy of tin and copper is often used to
make singing bowls often found in the Buddhist altar of Japanese homes. Very ancient examples of ware made from Sahari can be seen
in the Shosoin, a storehouse of ancient artifacts, although it gained
popularity in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1567-1605) for manufacture of items
used in tea ceremony.
Unusually, Kashiwagi Imono also uses a variant of
Sahari to hand cast the Goten Furin (Goten wind bell). Containing more than 20%
pure tin, this wind bell has a resonant, long lasting sound that can even help
to relax a tired mind.
The wind catcher is of the Hakone wood mosaic and its weight and length help give further depth to the sound.
The Goten Furin is suitable for use inside or outside the home, however, care
should be taken to avoid dropping it, as any fractures in the metal will deplete
the sound. Occasional cleaning with a dry cloth is recommended to retain the
luster of the metal.
Create an ambient atmosphere in your own home with the
sound of Goten Furin.
Japan's Best Wind Bell
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.