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“The Marble Machine is a handmade music box that powers a kick drum, bass, vibraphone and other instruments using a hand crank and 2,000 marbles. With dozens of beautifully carved wooden parts, tracks, pulleys and funnels for collecting and rerouting spent marbles, it’s a true work of art and though marble machines as an art form of their own have a long and complex history, Molin’s is one of the best.”
Large ken, like this one, were once used as weapons by yamabushi, religious hermits living in seclusion in the mountains. Provincial lords hired yamabushi as couriers of secret messages because they could travel undetected throughout Japan on mountain routes known only to them. Yamabushi also fought alongside samurai in battle. Some became professional spies, known as ninja.
For years, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, sought recognition for a new category of cloud called the “undulatus asperatus.” People around the world had been sending him pictures cloud formations, but they had no official name. Nine years later, the World Meteorological Organization finally recognized the clouds in the updated version of the International Cloud Atlas, the first new addition in over half a century.