When wind chimes catch summer breezes, they make cool sounds all together. Here is Ofusa Kannon Temple in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture.
On this day, a blue sky was high, and a mercury in the thermometer got higher and higher exceeding 36 degree Celsius!!
You can see where the winds are passing.
To overcome a notorious summer of Japan, we have exercised our wisdom to the maximum and created many ways to produce that "cooler feeling" since olden days. To hang wind chimes is one of them. The wind chimes make winds visible and audible.
According to a legend, a young lady named Ofusa found Kannon, Buddhist deity of mercy and compassion, riding on a white turtle in a pond in 1650. She built a small hall to enshrine this Kannon by the pond. This is the origin of this temple and the reason why this temple was named Ofusa Kannon Temple.
I do not know when "Wind Chime Festival" started in the temple. Every summer in July and August, the temple precincts are decorated with 2500 wind chimes.
The bells swing and make crystal sounds in the wind.
Can you see and hear cool breezes?
The sounds made by swinging wind bells drive away evil. In Yakushi-ji Temple.
In ancient days, what were people afraid of the most in summer? It was to get sick of rotten food or water. Nowadays we do not need so much to worry about bad food or water during summer thanks to refrigerators, freezers, tap water and so on. But, still summer is the worst season when it comes to food poisoning.
Don't you think it is a good idea to decorate the temple with a number of wind chimes during midsummer to drive away diseases and also make people feel cool?
Wind chimes please the eye and ear.
For me they look dancing.
The neighboring area is lined with traditional Japanese townhouses.
I love Japanese traditional houses made of wood, paper and earth.
How lovely and charming they are!! They remind me of Naramachi Town.
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