July: 風鈴 (Fuu-rin)

This month’s word is Fuu-rin.

Fuu-rin are wind-chimes that are hung outdoors and are traditionally hung during the summer. Although originally crafted from bronze, they have come to most commonly be made out of glass. They are usually small glass bells with a paper, called a tanzaku, hanging off its clapper. When the wind blows, the paper moves the paper into the sides of the bell, making a チリ〜ン、チリ (chirin chirin/ring ring) sound. These dainty wind chimes are often associated with the sounds of summer.