The Reason for Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

A water feature is an absolutely vital part of any Japanese garden. Since Japanese water fountains are viewed as emblematic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself. ft_272__50547.jpg

You will also find many fountains that have spouts crafted of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin below. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. As you can probably surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than just decorative.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive space to work with can, of course, out in a much larger water feature. Think about adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

There are different alternatives if you do not want to put water in your Japanese fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. You can also collect flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Choose from all Types of Outdoor Water Features

Is it possible for you to transform your garden into a haven of serenity?

You can benefit from a water feature by incorporating an outdoor fountain to your backyard and creating a place of serenity.

Sending a stream of water shooting into the air, spouting fountains leave a dazzling impression. Large, existing ponds can have one of these incorporated without much trouble. These types of fountains are often seen in parks or historical manor homes.

Outdoor water features come in varied forms, one of which is a fancy wall fountain. Even with a small backyard, it is feasible to put in one of these water features. Wall fountains make an understated impression, contrary to the big effect created by spouting fountains. It is straightforward undertaking wherein a small jet of water pours outwards in front of a beautifully textured wall and then flows down only to be pumped up again.

Themed fountains are ideal when the design of your yard allows for them. In a rustic themed cottage or garden, a classical styled statue for your fountain could include cherubs holding the spout. On the other hand, a more modern yard can include more of a bold design. Just permit your creativity to run loose.

The main quality of a multi-tiered fountain is that water flows from a number of different levels. Due to the water moving down its various levels, these are also called cascading fountains.

Since outdoor fountains occupy ample space, consider putting in a wall fountain or a pondless fountain. These types of water features are ideal for an area with limited space because their reservoirs are hidden underground.

Tranquility and well-being are some of the main sensations imparted by Japanese fountains. The water passes through bamboo sticks in this type of water feature. The cycle of water falling into a rustic-styled bucket or a shaped stone repeats itself again and again.

Another sort of fountain is made of glass. A more vintage look is provided by trellis-style fountains which feature shaped metalwork. However, this type of water feature is better suited to gardens with many sharp corners as well as modern-day forms and design. The water produces a spectacular effect when it runs down the outside of the glass. In some cases, the water is colored by LED lights as it flows over the glass sheets. The jagged surface of rock waterfall fountain makes for an interesting façade as the water gently flows downwards.

A large rock drilled with openings which then has tubes inserted into it is what distinguishes a bubbling rock fountain. The gurgles and bubbles at the top are the product of the low pressure used to trigger the water upwards. Flowing towards the base of the fountain, the water comes back as a slow drizzle down the sides of the rock. This is yet another option for gardens with restricted space. To guarantee that water is not sprayed around if it starts to get windy, this kind of fountain is the best choice since it only uses low pressure to move water.

Solar driven fountains have become more popular recently because they run on sunlight. The advantages of using this type of solar powered fountain is the lack of cables, lowered difficulty in installing them, the decrease in electric bills, and the beneficial effects they have on our environment. The wide-ranging designs in outdoor solar-run fountains signifies you will not have to compromise on style.

Where are the World’s Tallest Fountains?

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain worldwide. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Coming in second is the World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002) with water blasting 202 meters (663 feet).

The Gateway Geyser (1995) situated next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri is number three on the list. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

Next is the fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

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

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 close to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and propels water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

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.


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