The Importance of Water Fountains in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself. b-033__22864.jpg

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very common. Underneath the bamboo spout is generally a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. People usually make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can perhaps surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

For something a bit more one-of-a-kind, start with a bed of gravel, add a stone fountain, and then embellish it artistically with live bamboo and other natural elements. After some years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Lots of people include a koi pond or a tiny stream as a final touch.

There are alternative alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to produce the illusion of running water.

Visit the World’s Biggest Water Displays

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. Attaining incredible heights above the Red Sea, this fountain propels water 260 meters (853 feet) in the air.

Reaching water levels 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.

Located next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is 3rd placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which shoots 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 pushing water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are operating.

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Built in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

The First Water Fountains recorded in Human History.

The water from rivers and other sources was initially delivered to the citizens of nearby communities and municipalities by way of water fountains, whose purpose was primarily practical, not artistic. A source of water higher in elevation than the fountain was necessary to pressurize the flow and send water spraying from the fountain's nozzle, a system without equal until the later part of the nineteenth century. Inspirational and spectacular, big water fountains have been crafted as memorials in many civilizations. When you enjoy a fountain nowadays, that is definitely not what the very first water fountains looked like. Crafted for drinking water and ceremonial reasons, the first fountains were very simple carved stone basins. 2000 B.C. is when the earliest known stone fountain basins were used. The force of gravity was the power source that controlled the initial water fountains. Drinking water was delivered by public fountains, long before fountains became elaborate public statues, as attractive as they are functional. Fountains with ornate decoration started to appear in Rome in approximately 6 B.C., normally gods and animals, made with natural stone or bronze. A well-engineered system of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public fountains supplied with fresh water.


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