Bronze Wind Chime KOKYO-NO-KAZE Miniature of Buddhist Temple Bell SHIAWASE-NO-KANE Process to make Buddhist Temple Bell Process to make Buddhist Temple Bell Letter Carving Polishing Old Bronze Statue Maintain Bars of Buddhist Temple Bells

WHAT IS 'BONSHO'? - A SOUL SOUND OF JAPAN -

"The sound of the bell of Gion-shoja, rings with the transience of all things."
...Opening lines of 'Heike Monogatari' (one of the most famous Japanese tale, written in over 700 years ago).

'Yuyake Koyake', a popular Japanese children's song, also saids like this:
"As the sun goes down with Yuyake (a red sunset sky) and Koyake (an after sunset orange sky), the bell of a temple on a mountain rings."

Over the generations, we Japanese have heard the sound of 'BONSHO' (the bell of a Buddhist temple) every moning and evening, with a feeling of appreciation.
Althogh many Japanese of nowadays do not believe in any religion, the sound of BONSHO still reminds every Japanese of pure religious spirit.

The oldest bonsho existing in Japan, called 'Ojikicho no Kane' (see the right picture), is in Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto.
According to its inscription, it was manufactured in 698.

BONSHO has been manufactured in many areas of Japan at least since seventh century.
BONSHO is a copper alloy casting that are cast with traditional techniques.
It is considered that the technique was delivered by foreign settlers from ancient Korea.

'NIHON SHOKI' (the Chronicles of Japan) also has some records about BONSHO.
It says that some BONSHO was brought back to Japan from ancient Korea in 562, and BONSHO had been used such as a signal bell of the officials going home (636) and a time signal of a water clock (671).

After that, BONSHO has become indispensable to the Japanese temples, as a time signal for Buddhist priests and to inform the start of the memorial services.

Then, Japanese citizens have started to believe that the BONSHO's beautiful heavy sound and long reverberation purifies the air, and people who listen to it can get the blessing and spiritual awakening.

In spite of these spiritual culture and historical value of Japanese BONSHO, most of them was lost during the world war II, given to the government as metalic material for the weapons.

After the war, most BONSHO was remanufactured.
But nowadays, as the faith to Buddhism of Japanese people has become weak, the sound of BONSHO can be rarely heard at most temples.
Even though, the sound of BONSHO certainly has a special healing effect for the soul of Japanese.

ABOUT US - A COPPER FOUNDRY FOR SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS TRADITION -

In Shiga prefecture, quite a few ruins of foundries were found, and their reminders are still existing as the place names.

The ancestors of KINJUDO (our company) is known as 'Osamura-no-imoji' (founders in Osa Village).
The oldest existing BONSHO knowned to be manufactured by Osamura-no-imoji is in Tohzanji Temple in Shiga prefecture. That is manufactured in 1379.

We KINJUDO is the only one company which has inherited the tradition of Osamura-no-imoji, therefore we still keep founding BONSHO with their traditional techniques.

And we also manufacture small bells (miniture of BONSHO), named 'KOKYO-NO-KANE' and 'SHIAWASE-NO-KANE', in order to let as many people as possible to hear the exquisite sound of BONSHO.

PRODUCTS - SOUND HEALING ITEMS -

'KOKYO-NO-KAZE' (Wind of Hometown)

This product, named 'KOKYO-NO-KAZE', is a Japanese traditional wind chime, which is designed as a miniature of Japanese temple bells.

To use this product, hang it outdoor not exposed to rain, such as under the eaves. So that whenever the wind blows, the wind chime makes a nice gentle sound, and you can heal your mind or relieve summer heat.

Since this product is made of copper alloys containing silicon, the sound quality is superior to iron product.



'SHIAWASE-NO-KANE' (Bell of Happiness)

This product, named 'SHIAWASE-NO-KANE', is designed as a miniature of the BONSHO (Japanese temple bells).

We KINJUDO have continued to produce genuine BONSHO for over 700 years with traditional style and technique.

Therefore, the sound quality of SHIAWASE-NO-KANE is as superb as genuine BONSHO.

To use this product, pat the center of the bell (where the chrysanthemum pattern is formed) with the wood hummer. It makes a nice gentle sound, and you can purify and heal your mind.



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