The Popularity of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water element. p_709__67707.jpg They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also get a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water passes through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. It should have a worn-down, weathered appearance as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. As you can probably guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The aim is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Popular water feature enhancements are a koi pond or any sort of little pool, or even a wandering brook.

Japanese fountains, though, do not actually need to have water in them. It is acceptable to use representations of water in place of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of running water.

Introduce the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your residence.

Size is not the most important factor when incorporating feng shui design to your yard. If you have a lavish, charming one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The main feng shui tools can be used for your interior decor as well as your garden design. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first need to understand your home’s bagua.

It is also crucial to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to make the most of its energy.

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the perfect place to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water element.

The Biggest Water Fountains Around the World

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located close to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. Considered the tallest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are functioning.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It performs every 1/2 hour to previously recorded music and propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) in height -it also has built in extreme shooters, though only used during special events, which reach 150 meters (490 feet) in height.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

The last impressive fountain to make the list is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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