⟨ Object ⟩

Brass made wind chimes

Nousaku

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Ian Tsang

風鈴是亞洲國家常見的產物,而在日本,風鈴更被賦予闢邪作用,尋常家戶把風鈴繫於門窗處,化煞保宅之餘,在炎夏間聽著清脆的鈴聲,宛如是涼風吹送,心理上也有幾分消暑作用。

創辦於1916年,位於日本富山縣高岡市的能作(Nousaku)鑄造工房,起初以生產佛具、茶具和花器為主,工房擁有精良的工藝技術,近年來持續開發符合當今時代的設計商品,其出品的風鈴系列,以生活時尚為切入點,重新詮釋這項傳統器具。

風鈴由黃銅打造,表面有透明拉絲紋,設計各適其式,當中有較傳統的圓形、號角形、三角形等,也有各種幾何狀拼湊的樣式,而甚至有UFO形狀的風鈴。然而設計中最教人欣賞的,卻是風鈴本身的悅耳音色,帶來一種嫻靜、沁涼的感覺。

黃銅鑄造的商品以外,錫製器具也是能作的看家本領,其以100%錫材製作的「彎曲產品」只此一家,曾被縣政府推薦選定為富山縣品牌。對能作鑄造品感興趣的讀者,不妨登陸品牌的網站,瀏覽他們精彩的商品型錄。

Wind chimes are very common commodities in Asian countries. In Japan, it even serves the purpose of driving away evil spirits. By attaching wind chimes to the doors or windows, ordinary households can protect their homes from evil spirits. Furthermore, on sizzling summer days, it was as if the crisp chimes of the bells were sending out waves of cool breeze which somewhat blew away the summer heat in your mind.  

Established in 1916, Nousaku is a metal casting company based in Takaoka city of Toyama prefecture in Japan. It started out by mainly manufacturing Buddhist altar settings, and tea and flower ware. Boasting exceptional craftsmanship and skills, Nousaku has been designing products suitable for today’s society. Their wind chime series offers a new interpretation of this traditional product from the perspective of lifestyle fashion.

Made of brass, the wind chimes in the series boast transparent metal wire drawing patterns on their surface and come in a wide variety of designs, including some in round, horn or triangular shapes, and others combining various geometric shapes. There is even one shaped like a UFO. However, its most attractive feature is actually its own melodious sound which brings you tranquility and refreshing coolness.

Apart from brass products, Nousaku also excels in making tinware. Their purely tin-made “bendable products” were once selected as Toyama’s representative brand on the recommendation of the prefectural government. Readers interested in Nousaku’s products can visit their homepage for browsing their amazing lineup of products.