Kawasaki Daishi temple is best known for the infamous fertility festival (Kanamara Matsuri) at the shrine within its grounds, but every July a wind bell festival (Furin-ichi) is also held for 5 days. There are 30,000 wind bells from all over Japan made of all kinds of materials. Each material makes a different sound. The chiming is supposed to distract you from the heat and humidity and make you feel cooler, among other things.
|Living moss and plant wind bells|
|Woven basket wind bells from Kyoto|
|Shopping street leading up to the temple|
|Lots of daruma for sale|
|Making deliveries via bicycle|
|Making and selling traditional candy|
Our cast iron wind bell is from a company named Shuzendo located in Awate Prefecture in northern Japan. It weighs over 2 lb.!