The Importance of Water Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not include a water feature. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. Since water is meant to be the central point of a fountain, you will find that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. brk-303-1__85451.jpg The water moves through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin underneath. Even when new, it should be designed to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. It is important that the overall look of the fountain fits in with the natural surroundings, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. As you can likely guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you want to get a bit more artistic, try a stone fountain embellished 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 starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Bigger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Give some thought to adding a beautiful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Many people choose to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in real water. You can also collect flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Where are the Planet's Tallest Water Elements?

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water shooting up 202 meters (663 feet).

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

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

Number 4 is Water at Fountain Park (1970) situated in Fountain Hills, Arizona - it can reach up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are working, even though it typically only reaches up to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located next to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. 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).

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

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.

Ways to Introduce the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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

Do not worry if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design.

Feng shui techniques are identical whether you are working in your garden or your residence. The first part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting started, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast section of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some pretty natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

A water feature is a great addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).


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