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Shinohara Furin Honpo

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Shinohara Furin Honpo — Home to Traditional Edo Furin

Shinohara Furin Honpo is a family owned furin trade in Edogawa, Tokyo.

The traditional Edo Furin (Edo is the previous name of Tokyo) is made of glass.

It is said that the predecessor of the store named it Edo Furin himself in the Showa period. It is a traditional craft that requires an extensive training.

Make Your Own Edo Furin!

At Shinohara Furin Honpo you can book a class which teaches you how to make your extremely own glass furin. The material is the same glass that is used for windows.

Can you imagine this pile of glass turning into a beautiful wind bell?

The Edge Creates the Sound

Next, it needs to relax on sand in order to cool below. At this point, the glass is still about 800 degrees boiling and looks more love a glass pear than a wind bell.

About 20 minutes later, the artisan cuts the bottom part of the glass with a sharp stone.

The rock is used to create a rougher edge.

When a little stick inside hits a rough edge, it produces a more soothing sound.

You can never achieve the same helpful of edge twice if you cut glass with a rock, so the sound of each furin is slightly different.

Create the Perfect Circular Shape

If you book the full course then the first step will be blowing the glass body of the bell. You can also book an option that will just show you how to paint the wind bell. Even though the traditional glass furin is circular, nowadays you can discover them in numerous diverse shapes.

However, in this class, we will focus on the traditional circular furin.

The heat inside the furnace is about 1320 degrees. The glass is melted inside the furnace and the artisan winds a lump of glass around a endless iron pipe. Now you will own to attempt to make turn the heated glass into a little circular shape in order to blow air inside the glass. It is a lot more hard than it looks.

After you created the circular shape, you start putting some air inside the little ball of glass

Be careful! It blows up extremely easily. According to the artisan, it takes three years to create a perfectly circular shape.

If you desire to be a professional furin maker, you even need to train for about 11 years.

Don’t worry if your ball of glass doesn’t blow up perfectly the first couple of times, the artisan will help you.

Let’s attempt again.

Carefully blow the air inside the glass to create the shape. You’ll own to blow a little harder this time as the glass is slowly cooling down.

Turn the pipe will blowing up the glass so it creates an even circular shape.

Create Your Own Colors And Patterns

It is time to paint your wind bell. The design will be painted on the inside of the glass so the images won’t vanish to quickly due to wind and rain.

Be careful while painting.

The edge of the glass is sharp.

I painted a firework design inside my wind bell. When you are done, attach a strip of colorful paper and your original wind bell is done! The whole process will take about one to two hours. Now you can hang your furin in a window at your home and marvel at its beauty

You Own Piece of the Japanese Summer

The refreshing sound and vibrant glance of a furin are supposed to make you feel make you feel cooler during the boiling days of summer. Making one for yourself is definitely a special and unique experience! You can make your reservation per email and some of the staff even speaks English so why not taking home a unique, self-made souvenir from Japan?

Photos taken by Keita Sugano



If you are using a stick or wood for your base, drill a few little holes in it. (Kids will need supervision or assist from grown-ups here.)

2. Cut fishing line to desired length, make a knot at one finish, then string up a mixture of glass, wooden or metal beads, and every the other treasures you found. Note that fishing line is slippery, so grown-ups can tie the knots. But it is nice and stiff, so it’s simple for little hands to string beads on it.


To secure the line to the base, put the line through a hole in the base, add one bead, then put the line back through the same hole in the base. Then tie it off.

4. Repeat, making as numerous strings of beads and recycled objects as you own holes in your base.

5. After every the dangly strings are attached to your base, use wire or sting to make a handle for your wind chime.

6. Hang the finished creation on your porch where the sunlight will make it sparkle and the breeze will make magical sounds!

Amber Gauntlett is the owner of Smartypants kids’ art space in North Portland.

Witnessing the joy that kids discover in the art-making process brings out the kid in her. For more information visit



Amber Gauntlett

Owner at Smartypants

Amber Gauntlett is the owner of Smartypants kids’ art space in North Portland. She finds her joy in encouraging children to immerse themselves in the process and frolic of creating art.

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Furin is a Japanese wind chime Introduced from China by monks, used to know the direction of the wind and a charm against evil.

The soothing sound of these wind bells is known a symbol of summer in Japan. The tender, refreshing sound created by wind is said to relieve people from the heat and humid of Japan’s summer. Furin can be made from numerous diverse materials such as iron, glass, ceramic and even charcoal.

Today, we will introduce you to Shinohara Furin Honpo, a traditional furin maker in Tokyo where you can make your own glass wind bell.


A variety of “lost and found” objects, such as keys, springs, metal doo-dads, ancient costume jewelry, washers, nuts, silverware with holes, wooden beads and shells

Glass beads

A stick, piece of driftwood or some sort of metal base with holes in it from which to hang strings

Drill to make little holes (if using stick for base)

Fishing line

Wire or string


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