Edo Wind-bell

The soft tinkling sound of traditional wind-bells was enjoyed in the houses of merchants and feudal lords in the Edo Period, and before long the same custom spread to the common people.

The sound evokes coolness, a refuge from the fierce summer heat, and is now an integral part of Japan's hottest season.

As the craftsman inscribes on the inside of the bell, and makes each one by hand, there are no two Edo wind-bells that have exactly the same shape or sound, Craftsmanship at its best.