Wind chimes are a feature of the Japanese summer.
The quiet tone of the bell combines with the movement of the strip of paper hanging below, allowing us to experience the breeze through sight and sound.
They have long been loved for creating an impression of coolness.
If you visit the wind chime market at the beginning of summer, you will see large numbers of chimes, all producing sounds, but the Japanese do not find this noisy, rather we feel it is charming.
The origins of wind chimes lie in the large, bell-like chimes that hang from the eaves at the four corners a temple roof.
It is said that evil cannot come within hearing of these bells and it is their role to protect the temple.
In addition to offering an impression of relief from the heat of summer, wind chimes, which are derived from the temple chimes, can also be said to keep away evil spirits.
A wind chime has a pleasant sound that always remains in the memory, and perhaps this comes from the special power they possess.
They can be made of glass, ceramic, or metal, the quality and duration of their tone varying according to the material used.