The Prevalence of Water Elements in Japanese Backyards

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not have a water feature. You will often notice Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are thought to be symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. p-455__97322.jpg Since water is the most essential component of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Moreover, water fountains with built-in bamboo spouts are very popular. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. In addition, it is important to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they put plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain decorated with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Eventually moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Give some thought to adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a rippling brook.

The World’s Biggest Fountains

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has the highest continuously- running fountain known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985). The water reaches the fantastic height of 260 meters (853 feet) over 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 2nd highest worldwide.

Occupying third place is the Gateway Geyser (1995), located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this water fountain is the tallest in the United States.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water jets 190 meters (620 feet) high.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps operate at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain which made its debut in 2009 is situated next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. Once every 1/2 hour, this fountain begins dancing to pre-recorded songs while shooting water 73 meters (240 feet) high. It also has extreme shooters, rarely used, which go as high as 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 number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

How Feng Shui Turn Your Garden into a Haven

When applied to your yard, feng shui design will introduce its healthful energy into your home as well.

When incorporating feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space is adequate. If you have a lavish, eye-catching one, that is great, but even a small area works well with feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your house’s bagua, you will need to start by understanding the bagua of the house.

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.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. A perfect addition to the northeast corner of your yard might be a peaceful Zen garden decorated with natural stone, as they represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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


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