Participants in this programme will visit Shinohara Furin Honpo, a family-owned glass studio established in Tokyo in 1915, where you will make your very own furin wind chime by blowing the glass and painting the bell. A drink and snack and a personalised furin made by the shop are included.
Dating back to the introduction of glassmaking techniques from abroad in the late 17th century, furin wind chimes made of hand-blown glass were once rare items in Japan, but by the late 19th century they had become a common summer decoration and today they continue to be a popular Tokyo souvenir. Brightly painted with colourful motifs of the season such as morning glories, hydrangeas, sunflowers, goldfish, dragonflies, turtles, frogs, fireworks and more, they are hung from porch eaves or in windows, where their clear, light tones draw attention to cooling breezes.
Like the bronze bells introduced to Japan from China and commonly hung in temples, glass bells too were once believed to keep evil spirits at bay with their clear-toned sounds. By the late 19th century, these tiny glass chimes were a popular decorative item in Tokyo. The craft lives on today in the Shinohara Furin Honpo workshop in Edogawa Ward, where a father-and-son duo lead their family in keeping this traditional craft alive, making some 200 to 300 furin each day.
JPY 25,000 for one person
JPY 32,000 for two persons
JPY 40,000 for three persons
Prices include tax.
- The programme duration is 2 hours between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and is only available on weekdays.
- Advance reservation of two business days is required.
- The maximum number of persons is three.
- Minimum 6 years of age.
- This programme is subject to availability