With temple bell
About bell hanging over bell towers of temple, it is usually made of copper. There are Korea and thing made in China to Japanese bell, but is almost made in Japan.
When Buddhism was transmitted, bell is said to have been handed down together, and it is estimated that the oldest thing was cast with bell of Kyoto-shi Myoshin-ji Temple and Kanzeon-ji Temple of Dazaifu-shi together in the same studio in Japan for (698 years) for Emperor Monmu two years.
Bell was used as signal of set of priest, but it will originally take duty to inform the time afterwards. It may be familiar as ringing bells on New Year's Eve in the present age.
In temple in Miyawaka-shi, many bells are left. It seemed that old thing was made in the Edo era, but they were crushed with metal delivery during World War II as materials of weaponry, and postwar, most of thing which there was now were made.
Temple bell of the east temple belonging to the Zen sect
Bell hanging over the main hall of a Buddhist temple of the east temple belonging to the Zen sect of Yubara (Wakamiya district) was made in the Kamakura era, and it is to designated cultural assets of Fukuoka. As for the height, about 1m, greatest dimension are about 56cm.
Inscription is had yo* of on the surface of bell. It turns out that it was made from this inscription in 1215 (Kenpo 3) by Sakata manager who was founder of Kogura, Buzen.
According to "Chikuzen country topographical record appendix sequel to" and "Chikuzen country topographical record lord in waiting sequel to", there was bell in the morning in town Hachiman shrine until end of the Edo era, but seems to have reached the east temple belonging to the Zen sect afterwards whether it was thing by *butsukoboreshaku (we hit yes we come aggravating) in the Meiji era. At that time, as a part of the contents dug by field in "Chikuzen country topographical record lord in waiting sequel to" just remained as legend, it was said that it was dug about transmission of this bell in the Meiji era by field of Nango-mura University ear (existing Munakata-shi) with it was information in 1933, and it was dug by field of Azemachi, Munakata-gun (existing Fukutsu-shi) with it was record of Board of Education in the 30, Showa generation, and it seems to have been that we purchased as hereditary treasure of east temple belonging to the Zen sect in around 1877.