Edo Wind chimes | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station 

[Edo Wind chimes]

A sound which lets you feel the coolness of a downtown area which people have been creating since the Edo period

Edo wind chimes are still made by real craftsmen, who use a technique called "chubuki", where glass is blown in the open air rather than shaped in a mold. What makes these wind chimes so attractive is the delicate sound they produce because they are made from glass. They were given then name "Edo wind chimes" ("Edo furin" in Japanese) by the second-generation owner of the shop Shinohara Furin Honpo during the Showa period, on account of the fact that people had been making them in Edo (Tokyo) since the Edo period. The wind chimes make a pleasantly cool sound in the hot summer weather. Visitors can watch the production process (reservation required), and also have a go at making their own wind chime (reservation and additional fee required).
Posted photos Main Left Scene of glass blowing, upper right Edo wind chime (image), lower right Shinohara Furin Honpo entrance
Two photos Upper Edo wind chimes (sunflower, goldfish and watermelon), lower Shinohara Furin Honpo (workshop interior)
 

Places to go to see and experience making Edo wind chimes

● Shinohara Furin Honpo
Address 4-22-5 Minami-Shinozaki-machi, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Phone +81-3-3670-2512 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Sunday and holidays
* Visitors are not able to watch or try wind chime making during the busy season (July to the beginning of September).
Price Edo wind chime (sunflower, goldfish and watermelon) 1,836 yen
● Watching / trying wind chime making
(Reservations required in all cases, from the end of September to the end of the following June, Monday to Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Last admission at 4:00 p.m.), approx. 60 minutes)
Painting 1,500 yen, Glassblowing 2,000 yen, Just watching is free
* Please check the website for details.
Access Take the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 3 minutes, alight at "Awajicho Station". Walk a short distance to "Ogawamachi Station" and take the Toei Shinjuku Line for approx. 23 minutes, alight at "Mizue Station" and walk for approx. 12 minutes.
URL http://www.edofurin.com/

updated on Sep 29, 2017

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