(click on the following link, and turn up the volume to hear the birds in the background)
Oldest Temple Bell in Japan http://www.opendrive.com/files/6594056_AX7pQ/bell%201.mp3
Japan's oldest temple bell ringing four times for today's Yankee Independence July 4th celebration. The suspended soft wooden shuro-no-ki log gently strikes the cast bronze bell of Kanzeon Temple. The bell was first rung in 698 A.D., and after 1,312 years still tolls ... Wow.