How Singing Ring was born
Singing Ring®︎ Shikkoku's Story
When 9.11 terrorism occurred in New York, I was there with my family due to my husband’s business. By this tremendously shocking event, I got mentally and physically ill severely. Even after I finally got back to Japan, I just kept getting worse each day. Due to a chronic heart disease with a fever and pain combines, I ended up being diagnosed as Immunologic Deficiency Syndrome. I continued with the treatment, but I was severely affected by side effect of the medicine and I could hardly get up from the bed. I kept thinking that I was dying. One day I decided to stop taking medication and focus on restoring my life force itself. Not by medicine, but with my natural healing ability.
Fortunately, I started to feel that my vital force was being restored, and a half year later, I became able to go outside. Around that time, one of my friends invited me to an event. There was a booth where a Buddhist monk was giving people healing session by putting Buddhism implement “Tibetan Bowl” on their head. I decided to try it out. The monk put the bowl on my head like a hat and when he struck the bowl gently with a stick, a comfortable howling sound and vibration filled inside my head. It was something mysterious I had never experienced, but somehow very nostalgic. It was such a wonderful sound, I felt if my body and mind became one.
That night, I saw a mysterious dream and heard the soft, and shimmering, the similar sound I heard in the event was ringing. When I let go of myself in the calm and serene but pure and powerful beautiful sound and vibration, I was filled with immense joy that I had never felt. The joyous sensation kept coming out from within and started to fill the space, and then spread across world. The beautiful sound was tuning everything in the world and were resonating with each other. The instrument I saw in the dream was Singing Ring, and I received the blueprint of Singing Ring including its shape, size and other details in the dream.
That sound kept ringing inside me, and I collected a number of Tibetan bowls to find the right instrument. But I couldn’t find the one that produces that specific sound. I looked for too long and started to think “If I can’t find it, I’m just going to create it myself!” I asked a Tibetan Bowl maker in Nepal to create the bowl with a precise blueprint and gave some detailed instruction for it. However, due to the technical difficulties, we couldn’t make the bowl that produces the same sound.
One day my friend casually said "Why not make it in Japan?" This gave me a breakthrough and I immediately went to some Orin, Japanese Buddhism instrument factories.
At the factories, I found that there was no technology currently available to create the sound I wanted. However, one of factories director and craftsman said, "If we try using our special alloy, according to your blueprint, we might be able to create the sound you want to achieve.” and then they started to create Singing Ring!
Thanks to the perseverance of the skilled craftsmen, the bowl had finally started taking shape. And with many encounters combining many skills and technologies, my first singing bowl arrived at my office on 10th of December 2004. I would never forget about this day. I named this bowl "Singing Ring®", meaning "singing Orin."
I believe it wasn’t only for me but with some greater power, I was able to create Singing RingⓇ. I knew for sure that "THE sound" could definitely be reproduced using materials on the earth. And the sound would heal the people and bring harmony to the world… I had been driven by this vision, and finally, it was completed.
My health condition has improved and now I am the healthiest in my life. I think this is due to immersing myself to the sound of Singing RingⓇ every day.
Many specialists of sound and medical practitioners were interested in the effects of Singing Ring’s sound and we have done various scientific research together. We also established the new sound therapy modality to heal our body and mind.
THE sound I heard in my dream one day… with this musical instrument born in Japan, I am confident that it will heal many people's body, mind, and soul. I wish to the sounds of Singing RingⓇ would tune everything on this planet, and by every living thing will resonate with each other.
I look forward to that would bring happiness to the earth.
The creator of Singing Ring®︎
Singing Ring®︎ Luli's Story
Blue has always been a fascinating colour to me since I was a child.
I have been trying to find out if I could make a bright blue Singing Ring ® in the development stage. However, in 2004, the development of lacquer coating was a challenge, so I gave up on the possibility to create a brilliant blue. In 2015, when the recognition of Singing Ring increased, the number of Urushi lacquer craftsmen increased.
Since Urushi lacquer itself is brown sap, it is difficult to produce a beautiful colour. First of all, I tried to mix the lacquer with a crushed lapis lazuli pigment, but received mediocre results. Then, I came up with the idea to include a gold superalloy pigment to use as a tint for the coating to create a beautiful opal-like finish. Before the painting, a mottled pattern and acid was added to the surface of the golden Singing Ring. Furthermore, a pearl powder and lapis lazuli pigment was mixed into the lacquer to be baked and painted on. As a result, the combination of these techniques create an exquisite gradient that transitions from green to indigo.
When it comes to production, this order of creation takes a long time to perfect and achieve the best results. Therefore, there were many experiments and failures before the final design was reached. However, after many challenges, the craftsman's skills have been mastered.
Singing Ring Luli was released with a special version in 2020. We ended up creating 108 of these special sets where each Uchu and Daichi were given special markings and names. Due to temperature and humidity changes throughout the creation process, the appearance of each Singing Ring Luli are subtly different.
After the success of Singing Ring Luli, we asked the craftsman if it was possible to produce Luli again. At first, he was hesitant due to the difficulty of creating the instrument, however, he has now agreed to produce sales again as long the appropriate time is allocated when creating.
There is only one craftsman in the world who can create the Luli lacquer, therefore, manufacturing takes time.
Luli has a matte finish due to the mixture of the pearl powder, unlike the glossy Shikkoku. Therefore, please refrain from attaching a suction cup.
My Luli was manufactured about a year ago, and I am full of joy and gratitude every day. I put it in a special carrying bag and enjoy playing it in many spaces.
In response to many requests, you can purchase it as a single item or you can have Shikkoku and Luli as a set.
Let's play together to create a healthy future with a healing sound that resonates around the world with a smile.
With gratitude and a lot of love.
The creator of Singing Ring®
Likes: The sound of laughter, singing voices, places where everyone gets together.
Dislikes: Humidity, direct sunlight, dusty places.
Ability: Makes food or drinks tastier, cheers everyone up, makes good friends with anyone.
It will appear anywhere when Singing Ring is played.
More secrets of Ring will be revealed. We will keep you posted!
Singing Ring®︎ mascot
The Spirit of Sound "Ring"
Purpose of Singing Ring®︎ Development
We are all individual instruments that play our own tunes. Originally, all the cells in our body are vibrating are in tune with each other and creating harmony. Although, when we have illness or stress and we lose this healthy balance, those vibrations will be lost, and it will start creating dissonance.
In order to live your life filled with wealth and health, keeping the harmony between body, mind, and spirit is crucial.
We can say that when you are immersed and resonate with the harmonic overtones and vibration of Singing RingⓇ, the dissonance of your body and mind will be tuned into their original state and bring back this balance.
In the case of a symphony orchestra, everyone tunes their instrument in the sound of the concertmaster. Even if there is a talented skilful solo performer, if they are not tuned with others, we cannot create a beautiful harmony. If we can tune well, the sounds resonate with one another and we can perform wonderful Symphony together.
Singing RingⓇ was born into this world on the 10th of December, 2004. Anyone can play this healing instrument anytime, anywhere.
By using sophisticated craftsmanship to make the exact same shape in the same quality, the Singing RingⓇ creates the same frequency band and they resonate with each other (sound resonance phenomenon).
Singing RingⓇ first bridges your own body and mind, then it starts resonating with the people around you. And when this synchronization will be passed on forward, the circle of harmony will grow bigger and bigger.
I believe that when a bliss you find within yourself spreads to the people around you, the beautiful Gaia symphony filled with love and peace will be played across the world.
Singing Ring®︎ appeared in the movie “Gaia Symphony” directed by Mr. Jin Tatsumura.
I believe that everyone is constantly growing. Singing Ring was created to help us reduce our stress and resonate with the rhythm coming from the inner universe. By connecting that divine rhythm, we appreciate the present moment and make ourselves and our loved ones happier.
Creator of Singing Ring®︎
Sion Kazu and Mr. Jin Tatsumura, director of the movie “Gaia Symphony”
Sion Kazu and Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, 2006
Mitchell Gaynor, MD, was Medical Director and Director of Medical Oncology at the Weill-Cornell Medical Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He was also the Founder and President of Gaynor Integrative Oncology (www.drgaynor.com) and Clinical Assistant, Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College, affiliated with Cornell University and New York Hospital. He held the position of Director of Medical Oncology at The Strang Cancer Prevention Centre.
He published numerous books, including The Healing Power of Sound: Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music.
Manufacturing Process of Singing Ring®︎
Singing Ring was created by combining many different skills of Japanese traditional craftsmen established after a long history.We never compromised in creating something of the highest quality, were completely particular about every detail, repeated many trials, and finally succeeded in creating our ideal instrument. Here I’m introducing the manufacturing process of Singing RingⓇ to you. Watch the video here
1.Melting the raw materials
First, we melt the main component copper and then add other types of metals and silicon in our original ratio to create a special alloy. This secret ratio which enables the highest durability had been passed down from generation to generation. This process holds the secret to the sound of Singing RingⓇ.
Next, the special alloy will be poured into a mould and slowly cooled down. In order to prevent air or gas bubbles from getting in, it’s poured in very carefully and the climate is delicately controlled. Unlike the normal manufacturing process, we take time making one mould for one bowl and break it each time. This moulding process “Namagata Izo” is qualified as a traditional Japanese craft making method.
3.Polishing, Tuning, and Shaping
After taking the bowl out of the mould, we now have a thicker Singing RingⓇ bowl compared to the finished product. Then the craftsman hand-carves the bowl one by one. As they grind them, they use a tuning meter to perfect the shape so that it creates. It takes up to a few weeks to grind, sand, and tuning. Up to this point is the method taken as traditional copperware making.
4.Oil coating for rust prevention
If you leave the copper exposed to the air, it will start rusting. In order to prevent corrosion, they coat it with oil and then deliver it to the craftsman who burns the Urushi lacquer coating on to the bowl. From this point forward, the process for lacquerware will be taken. They use a special method called “Urushi lacquer burn-on coating,” since it’s very difficult to lacquer coat on the surface of copper. We will explain further about this step later.
5.Grease and dust removal, and foundation application
First, they remove all the grease they applied to the bowl for rust prevention and dry the surface.
Then they dip the bowl in a special solution. This step is called “foundation” and it anchors Urushi easier on to the bowl.
6.Urushi lacquer burn-on coating
As I have explained earlier next step is to burn the coating on to the bowl. First, they wash off the solution applied at step 5, and fire the bowl with a burner. On the heated bowl, they carefully apply Urushi lacquer and burn it on, and coat it again and then fire it in the oven. The coating process is repeated over and over as it goes through the base, middle, and finishing. The same is done on the back of the bowl. This traditional method, to burn-on Urushi on to the metal, is called “Kintai-Urushi Method,” and is one of the finest craftsmanship. During the process, we have actually tried other coating such as paint but in order to keep the sound and resonance of the Singing Ring, Urushi coating which could allow thinness and the strong adhesion.
And then we polish the bowl with a natural beeswax and finish.
After all the coating is applied, Singing RingⓇ will be sent to Sion Inc. for a final check-up. Those bowls that have passed the test will be sent to the laser marking company. We don’t use chemical paint, but instead, we use the most advanced laser marketing technology. This high-level laser marking method is a non-contact process so it doesn’t damage the surface of the bowl. Also, the silicon that’s melted during this process will cover the logo and it will prevent the base metal from rusting and it keeps the bowl high-quality and durable. Singing RingⓇ original symbol which represents the beautiful harmony will be engraved on the front, and Sion Inc. company logo and serial number on the back.
As you can see, it takes 2~3 months to complete one bowl after all these careful processes.
Singing Ring®︎ is a beautiful art created with the perfect blueprint by wonderful Japanese craftsman. It would be truly amazing if the sound of Singing RingⓇ spread across the world. You can purchase Singing Ring®︎ only at Sion Inc. Online shop. Any other Singing Rings you see in other places are not official Singing Ring®︎s.