Japanese summer tradition . ” Wind bell “

The history of the wind bell

Japanese summer tradition . " Wind bell "

There is the wind-bell in Japan for a long time.
The wind-bell was transmitted from China. In the times much previous than Warring States Period.

Originally it was used as an appliance of fortune-telling and the talisman against evil.
The then wind-bell was bronze.
It was believed that a sound of the wind-bell refused an evil.
From manners and customs of that time, there is a wind-bell of the bronze in the temples now.


Wind-bell as the summer feature

The summer in Japan temperature is humid.
Therefore the illness is infectible, too. Therefore the wind-bell was used as a talisman against evil tool in summer.
From it, the wind-bell colonized as a thing to gradually use in summer in the Heian period and the Kamakura period.

The wind-bell of the glass like now came to (18c) from the Netherlands in the Edo period.
A glassworker of Nagasaki spread it in Edo.

Glass was very precious in those days. Therefore the wind-bell cost 160,000 dollars – 250,000 dollars with a current amount of money.
In the 19th century, a glasswork was commonly used. The common people became able to buy a wind-bell and were prevalent.

The cool tone and appearance are still popular in Japanese.

Festival of wind bell

In Japan , there is also a wind bell of the festival .
Now , Japan is summer .
From here and there is also this year , wind bell sound is heard .

Battle of Okehazama

Battle of Okehazama

The day when the man who was the nearest to unify a country lost. Nobunaga Oda VS Yoshimoto Imagawa
In a heavy rain, Nobunaga was waiting the opportunity of the surprise attack battle calmly.
He raise a voice.”Here we go!” He rushed for the Imagawa military with his army.
He aims at only Yoshimoto Imagawa of the commander-in-chief.

Nobunaga oda in Battle of Okehazama

In then Japan, Yoshimoto Imagawa is a great person daimyo of the noble families. Nobunaga on the other hand is a small and weak daimyo called the fools.
The soldier of the Imagawa military is approximately 20,000. The soldier of Nobunaga is only 2,000.
By all odds Nobunaga did not seem to have the winning chances.
However, the battle of the great reversal it followed! It was the result that everybody was not able to expect.
In the wonderful ingenuity, Nobunaga killed a neck of Yoshimoto Imagawa!
By this battle, the name of Nobunaga is well-known in the whole country. And Warring States Period when only a true strong man survived began.
it is the battle that is famous on the Japanese history and is a battle to symbolize talent of Nobunaga Oda.