Glass Wind Bells

Glass Wind Bells

Glass wind bells, traditionally called Edo Furin, are hand-crafted glass wind chimes from Japan. These one-of-a-kind pieces of art are blown and hand-painted from the inside by master craftsmen. Each chime is unique, producing a slightly different sound, beautifully reminiscent of a twinkle as the breeze blows.
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Glass Wind Bells, handcrafted in Japan

Edo Furin are made by one of Tokyo’s last glass chime craftsmen Yutaka Shinohara with the help of his wife Emi. The Edo period was characterised by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, perpetual peace and popular enjoyment of arts and culture, colloquially referred to as Oedo “Great Edo”.

Edo Furin were made as far back as 1600 and are thought to have been brought to Japan from China. Furin was originally hung in bamboo forests to ward off evil spirits who were thought to dwell there. Over time Edo Furin have become a summer fixture in Japan and the Japanese have a fondness for the unique and peaceful sounds that the glass wind chimes emit as they sway gently in the breeze.

All you need to know about glass wind bells

How are glass wind bells made?
All aspects of the Edo Furin glass wind bells are hand-crafted. From melting glass and hand blowing, the glass bells to the art itself of hand painting them from the inside – these distinct and beautiful creations are individual and unique, creating their own different tranquil sounds.

Where do our glass wind bells come from?
Our glass wind bells are sourced from Shinohara Furin Honpo, a small workshop that uses techniques from the Edo period. The Shinohara company has been using the Edo Furin handcrafting approach passed through the same family for generations.

How do I play my glass wind chime?
Simply hang your glass wind chime in a breezy spot. Allow the wind’s touch to create a twinkling sound as the internal glass bead bounces off the glass bell. Note: Please do not touch the open edge or mouth of the Edo Furin as they are intentionally left with a jagged edge for a better ringing sound.

How do I care for my glass wind chime?
Hang your chime in a protected area, under a pergola or on your balcony, for example. Bring it inside during harsh weather. Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away dirt or dust.

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