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Saturday April 19th 2014

Japanese Musical Clocks

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My house is full of musical clocks. On the hour, every hour we have different tunes being played in different rooms! It makes for a great atmosphere and over the years, it has really helped the kids tell the time.

Peter Rabbit plays Polly Put the Kettle on
Peter Rabbit plays Polly Put the Kettle on

Mind you when you are on the phone for business it can be embarrassing to have the clocks start a tuneful hourly rendition of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or even worse, Lion King’s, Can you feel the love tonight?

One of my favourite clocks because it is so tuneful
One of my favourite clocks because it is so tuneful

Did you know that the mechanical clock was introduced into Japan by the Jesuit missionaries or Dutch merchants in the sixteenth century.

My clocks are not as traditional as the lantern clocks of the 16th century but they still keep great time and have a Japanese flair!

Hello Kitty is a little faded but one of the originals in the family collection

This is one of my first musical clocks
This is one of my first musical clocks

This one also has a lovely tuneful voice!
This one also has a lovely tuneful voice!

Do you have a musical clock?

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