Furin

Back in the days before God blessed humanity with air-conditioning, the Japanese hung wind chimes during the hot, humid summer months to try to aurally capture the feeling of a refreshing breeze.  Wind chimes were also considered good luck and capable of making wishes come true.  Hanging wind chimes in summer is a tradition that continues today, and you can hear their tinkling outside shops, from apartment balconies and even in the trashy hole-in-the-wall bars in Roppongi.  Summer is mostly gone from Tokyo, but an exhibit of beautiful handmade wind chimes was on display recently near my house.

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