This was a gift to me from someone who I am now friends with. At the time, I was living in LA and missed all the little subtle things about Japan. So, the friends who were visiting from Japan brought me back this wind chime. It is something that you put out, in the summertime. People enjoy the sound of the breeze in the humid summer days.
This handmade "fu-rin" has a sound that is not too loud and cheerful. I later learned that the unique sound is made from the jagged edge of the rim.
I really like the watermelon design, too.
Very summery, and a very common motif for summer here.
Very green, black lines, and a perfect sphere.
Other summer things to look forward to are firework festivals, summer festivals in any city, people wearing yukata, shaved ice is something I want to eat now! .....
Yes, summer is really here!