Typical Water Fountains Seen in Japanese Landscapes

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. You will often find Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. c_109__08491.jpg The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically crafted of natural rocks, and water trickles out. In addition, it is essential to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a basic decoration.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. The idea 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.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Lots of people include a koi pond or a little stream as a final touch.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The impression of a creek with trickling water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

The Stupendous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The famed marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it hard to visit. It was said that there was very little to see in this area because it was abject and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medals with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

How to Introduce the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Yard

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

As far as the size of your yard goes, it is not particularly important when introducing feng shui design to it.

If you have a lush, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a smaller area works well with feng shui design.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. The initial step is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

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.

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to integrate it. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is perfect for that spot, as the rocks epitomize the Earth element.

A water element is a suitable add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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