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These wind chimes are only made in the northern part of Japan. Aomori, Akita and Twate Prefectures are famous for their high quality “Nambu Tetsu.” Tetsu in Japanese means iron, Nambu is the name of the place where iron is available. This iron is considered the most suitable for it’s quality of sound and tone.
It is said that wind chimes were originally used only by noblemen and aristocrats as far back as the 11th century. Our supplier says “they did not have any air conditioning like ours so they enjoyed listening to the subtle tones played by wind chimes in hot weather, feeling breezes—cool and calm.”
Each chime comes with a paper wind chaser that has a Japanese painting and/or poem on it.