Together with cicadas, wind chimes are part of the soundtrack to the Japanese summer. According to folk beliefs, their high-pitched sound helps fight the summer heat. Surprisingly enough they do, probably because their ring means there's also some breeze at work. If you want to bring a touch of Japan to your summer nights, a wind chime is a must, and among the best you can find are these Sahari Wind Chimes.
What makes these chimes special is that they are created by a special alloy of copper, tin, zinc, lead and silver ("sahari" is the name of the alloy). They are made by one of Japan's top metal craftsmen, Kosai Sano, from Toyama Prefecture's Takaoka. Sahari has been used for over 1,000 years for making gongs and temple bells because it creates a deep sound when struck, so these two Sahari Wind Chimes (you can choose either dragonfly or firefly motifs, both characteristic Japanese summer icons) will be literally music to your ears!
The Sahari Wind Chimes features:
- Two designs: Dragonfly (tonbo) or Firefly (hotaru)
- Made in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture by master craftsman Kosai Sano
- Size: Dragonfly 4.5 x 5.6 x 5.6cm (1.7 x 2.2 x 2.2"), Firefly 6 x 6.2 x 6.2cm (2.3 x 2.4 x 2.4")
- Weight: Dragonfly 135g (4.7 oz), Firefly 160g (5.6 oz)
- Include long strip of paper for writing a poem (tanzaku), and a storage case