Learn How to Make an Edo Wind Chime in Tokyo

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“Furins” a.k.a. wind chimes originated in the “heian period”(794-1185) in Japan. It is said in literature that in the “Kamakura”period (1185-1333), the nobility hung wind chimes in their porches to keep misfortune out of their houses. Today, wind chimes are considered a summer tradition. They are hung in porches for the clear high pitched sound that is produced when the wind rattles the small bell in the wind chime. The sound reminds people that there’s a cool breeze outside – almost getting people to feel like they’re in that breeze. In this activity you will learn how to make an “Edo Furin”. You will... •Watch the host make an “Edo Furin” •Hear an explanation of the host’s everyday work followed by time for questions. •Inflate glass by blowing into it with a hollow metal rod (The host will help, no worries!) •Paint on the inflated glass after it has cooled down (This will take around 15min) •Attach string and bell after you finish painting. •The wind chime will then be put into a box for you to take back! You will feel the very spirit of Japan from the wind chimes that each makes a different sound. Take back traditional Japanese craftwork as a souvenir!

“Furins” a.k.a. wind chimes originated in the “heian period”(794-1185) in Japan. It is said in literature that in the “Kamakura”period (1185-1333), the nobility hung wind chimes in their porches to keep misfortune out of their houses. Today, wind chimes are considered a summer tradition. They are hung in porches for the clear high pitched sound that is produced when the wind rattles the small bell in the wind chime. The sound reminds people that there’s a cool breeze outside – almost getting people to feel like they’re in that breeze. In this activity you will learn how to make an “Edo Furin”. You will... •Watch the host make an “Edo Furin” •Hear an explanation of the host’s everyday work followed by time for questions. •Inflate glass by blowing into it with a hollow metal rod (The host will help, no worries!) •Paint on the inflated glass after it has cooled down (This will take around 15min) •Attach string and bell after you finish painting. •The wind chime will then be put into a box for you to take back! You will feel the very spirit of Japan from the wind chimes that each makes a different sound. Take back traditional Japanese craftwork as a souvenir!

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