July 24, 2008

Japanese Wind Chimes Made for Summer

clipped from mdn.mainichi.jp
One of my favorite traditions in Japan is the hanging of a "furin" during the start of summer. These wind chimes are typically made of glass or sometimes metal with a dark green patina. You are suppose to hang them once the rains end and summer really begins.

This is so that the slight breeze the paper picks up, and the light clinking the hanging stem makes, should give you a pleasant coolness. A chill. Like cubes of ice in a tall glass of Suntory whiskey. I do miss seeing that part about living in Japan. I also miss these kinds of crazy funny moments. I think Bill Murray used this for his method acting, don't you?

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