Yurin is a new set of chimes designed by Rie Isono for Kyujo Orin, a chime-maker that has been around since 1907. It was announced yesterday that the line of chimes had been awarded the top prize at the Active Design & Craft Fair, part of the Tokyo Gift Show taking place this week.
Chimes have always been a significant part of the Japanese experience. Whether it is a wind chime activated by a warm summer breeze, quietly cooling you down, or a Shinto priest notifying the gods that a newly deceased will be joining them. Having been around since the Edo period, chimes have made their way into shops, cafes and homes across Japan.
And according to research conducted by the Acoustical Research Society of Japan, certain exquisite chimes have the effect of generating alpha waves in the brain, which are associated with relaxation and ease.