gift from Japan--
porcelain wind chime
twists in the wind
ringing a knell for souls or
simply singing of summer?
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
It is thought that hearing the wind bells is cooling during hot weather, or, if nothing else, is a distraction from the heat!
Fūrin is a kigo (seasonal word), used by writers of haiku, to denote summer without coming right out and saying "summer." In Kawasaki, there is a wind chimes festival held each July. I can only imagine how musically colorful it must be! And inspirational for a writer of haiku! Maybe one day...
Wind chimes of bamboo, glass, and other materials are found all over Japan. You'll even find kūrin hanging in a train station! In 1996, in an effort to combat noise pollution, 100 notable sounds worthy of conservation were designated by the Ministry of Environment as "Soundscapes of Japan." The kūrin at Mizusawa train station in Ūshū is on the list. The video below will give you an idea of the station's sounds.
See you over at Carol's Corner for the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Happy summer, everyone!