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©Masuhiro Machida
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Kazuya Nanjo

  • Bellfounder
  • Uji, Japan
  • Master Artisan
Kazuya Nanjo Bellfounder
Contact
Japanese
Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Phone:
+81 774222181
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Shaping sound

  • • Kazuya creates contemporary hand bells to fit the modern lifestyle
  • • Sahari produces extremely clear, beautiful, and soothing sounds
  • • Sahari bells were originally made for Buddhist and Shintoist rituals

Kazuya Nanjo's Sahari hand bells have a distinctive, crystal-clear sound like no other. An alloy of copper and tin, they have long been used to create bells for religious rituals. Kazuya uses a formula passed on for 190 years by the Nanjyo Atelier to create handmade bells. They are the only atelier in Japan that uses the traditional metal casting process of baking with firewood. With his modern sensibility, Kazuya started LinNe in 2019, an original collection of modern hand bells, designed for use in daily rituals such as meditation or yoga, or simply as a mind-clearing chime. Collaborating with sound artists and contemporary brands, Kazuya innovates tradition by expanding the concept of how to integrate the pure, relaxing sounds of the Sahari hand bells into modern life.

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Works

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Photo: ©Nanjo Kobo
Lotus gong

A type of gong used in temples. A work of art in which a mould is decorated with patterns that resemble lotus petals to represent a lotus flower.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 31 cm

Photo: ©Nanjo Kobo
Kanzaburo Bell

The Kanzaburo Bell created by fifth generation Kanzaburo is made of Sahari, an alloy that was used in the Shosoin Repository in ancient times. This is an exquisite piece with its depth, height, and thickness increased to maximize the characteristics of Sahari. The clear yet calm tone leaves a long reverberation that eventually fades away gently.

Height 5.2 cm
Diameter 9.1 cm

Photo: ©Nanjo Kobo
LinNe Chibi (tiny bells)

This is a very small bell with a diameter of less than 2 to 3 cm attached to a traditionally braided pure silk cord. When shaken gently, a clear sound resonates. This product was created so people would be able to enjoy the heartfelt sound of bells more casually on a daily basis.

Height 15 cm
Diameter 2 cm

Photo: ©Nanjo Kobo
LinNe Myo (hou)

This bell was carefully designed so that people can enjoy the heartfelt sound of bells more casually on a daily basis. The cylindrical shape of the bell suspended by a braided yellow silk cord is designed to produce a clearer tone and a beautiful reverberation. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2021 Kyomono Youth Competition.

Height 20 cm
Diameter 12 cm

Photo: ©Nanjo Kobo
LinNe Myo (sui)

This bell was carefully designed so that people can enjoy the heartfelt sound of bells more casually on a daily basis. The cone shaped bell suspended by a braided magenta silk cord is designed to produce a clearer tone and a beautiful reverberation. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2021 Kyomono Youth Competition.

Height 20 cm
Diameter 12 cm

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