“Furin” 風鈴 (Japanese Wind Bells)
“Furin” is the traditional Japanese wind bell.
Furin is a small wind bell, made of metal or glass which is often hung on the eaves of a house. There is a piece of paper underneath, so it catches the breeze and makes the bell tinkle. The sound is really cool so it brings on a feeling of coolness in the hot Japanese summer.
The origin of “Furin” is made of bronze. And the role of the “Furin” is to prevent from disease and evil. After a manufacturing method of clear glass came from the Netherlands, “Furin” has changed bronze to glass. Nowadays, it is familiar to a symbol of cool feelings. Nowadays Furin are popular accessories for the hot and humid Japanese summer as Japanese find the sound very refreshing. Some scientific research even suggests that the slight sound of the bells causes the body to lower its temperature.