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Mashiko wind chime

A collaboration between ``Doso Towada Kiln'' and ``FUURO Paper'' has created ``Mashiko Furin,'' a way to enjoy summer in Japan.

Japanese summer and wind chimes

Even in modern times, wind chimes are hung under the eaves of houses as a traditional feature to help cool people down in the summer.

The ``Fuutaku'', which is said to be the origin of wind chimes, was brought along with Buddhist culture by envoys to China during the Nara period, and was used to ward off evil spirits in temples.

Around the Heian period, wind chimes began to be called wind chimes, and in the Edo period, glass was introduced from the West, and the shape approached the wind chime that we often see today.

Currently, various types of wind chimes are made, including glass, iron, brass, charcoal, and wood.

The Mashiko wind chime consists of a chock-shaped ``outer body'', a ``tongue'' (zetsu) that fluctuates with the wind and makes a sound by hitting the outer body, and a ``tanzaku'' that hangs from the tongue to catch the wind.

Doso Towada Kiln, a brand of Mashiko ware, produces the outer body and tongue, and FUURO Paper, which produces handmade Japanese paper, produces the strips.

[Exterior] Doso Towada kiln

Each piece is produced by a craftsman on a potter's wheel. We used red clay, which contains a lot of iron, and searched for a shape and size that would produce a high, clear sound.
Initially, the entire exterior was coated with traditional Mashiko glaze, which is the core of Doso Towada Kiln's manufacturing process, but the thickness of the glaze made the sound dull. After that, instead of applying glaze to the entire body, Mashiko clay mud was applied to the surface of the body and fired, creating a bright and fun tone.

[Tongue] Doso Towada Kiln

For the tongue, I stretched clay into a rod shape and made it into a triangular shape, aiming for a shape that would hit the outside of the body just the right amount without making the strip shake.

Since the outer body and the tongue are made of the same material, they go well together and the sound that they make when they touch each other is clear.

[Tanzaku] FUURO paper

Fascinated by the depth of handmade techniques, I create handmade items.

By modifying natural fibers and other materials and reconstructing them while facing the material, I feel that it has the potential to go beyond just "paper" for writing.

One of the interesting things about handmade washi is that it can be made with different thick materials, even though it is paper.

When I was thinking of making paper from other natural materials, not just plant-based ones, I came across a piece of unglazed pottery in Mashiko Town.

By turning unglazed pottery into powder and pouring it into paper, a new material that is neither paper nor clay was created. As a finishing touch, the paper is impregnated with beeswax to create a water-repellent strip of paper.

-FUURO paper-

Wind chimes make different sounds overlap in an irregular rhythm depending on the wind blowing, and the sound relaxes people and makes them feel comfortable.

``Mashiko wind chime'' produces a bright and fun tone from the soft and warm texture of Mashiko ware.

Each tone is different, and no two are the same.

We hope that the ``Mashiko Furin'' will help you feel the wind, be healed, and have fun surviving the intense heat.

[Mashiko Wind Chime] Doso Towada Kiln × FUURO paper

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