Listening To This Xylophone In A Forest In Hokkaido Will Get You To A State Of Zen [Video]

A video of the famous Xylophone of the Forest, located on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, is making its rounds on the internet, bringing many who listen to it into a peaceful state of zen.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, just like how nature provided the sound for this Xylophone in the Forest, nature has also provided other unique instruments and structures too such as treehouses. Though most people probably view treehouses as the flimsy shacks made by boys in which they pretend they are defending a fort, if one of those people saw these ten beautiful treehouses, they would surely consider moving to a forest just to live in them.

As for the Xylophone in the Forest, it is a xylophone made from natural wood, designed to play a unique song when each key is hit. Its design is actually like a staircase as it goes at a decline. Each step has one single key that plays one single note. The center of the xylophone lengthwise goes in like a valley. The reason for this design is so a ball that is placed on the first key rolling down to the end of the xylophone does not fall. Jennifer Murray recorded a video of the Xylophone in a Forest in action just to give viewers an idea what it is all about.

As shown from the video, it is a simple instrument and contraption yet one that will surely bring zen to those who enjoy it. Apparently, it has brought a lot of joy to many others for it is making its rounds on the internet, becoming a viral video. As of now, it has almost 100,000 views. The ratio of people who like it to dislike it is quite favorable too. Finally, the video has attained so much attention, it is currently listed as one of the top 100 videos in the #PopularOnYouTube list.

Though most people will simply be satisfied with the video of the Xylophone in the Forest, there are those who may want to know more about it. Where is it located? What is it made of? Fortunately, the Xylophone in the Forest is featured on a Japanese website highlighting Japan’s forests. The following is the information they provide on the Xylophone in the Forest.

  • An art made of material fir and maple grown in Hokkaido. Roll a ball from the top of the xylophone and enjoy the tone.
  • You can find a vending machine placed at the top the xylophone and purchase a ball cost you 300 JPY for one. Play with the ball as many times you want and bring it back home as a souvenir. Don’t forget the ball next time you come back to play with xylophone.
  • The keyboard is simply placed and set on the pedestal to make the sound better. In case the keyboard comes off or fall down, please return it to the original position in consideration for the next users.
  • This service takes a rest for xylophone protection on a rainy day.

One time, the keys on the Xylophone in the Forest were switched out with timber from Kamikawa to play the tone of Daisetsu which is apparently a unique phone.

[Image via Xylophone of the Forest]