The Truth About Water Features in Japanese Landscapes

A water element is an essential part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. 150791_8902__38494.jpg It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains since the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Bamboo is a common material to use for spouts and therefore often added into water fountains. The bamboo spout is placed over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. As you can perhaps surmise, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

An alternate possibility is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The point is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not need to be an addition in a Japanese water fountain. It is appropriate to use representations of water instead of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. You can also assemble flat stones and position them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Choosing the Ideal Wind Bells and Windchimes for Your Taste

Basic wind chimes work better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. This way they will mix in perfectly anywhere they are installed. When it comes to wind chimes, the tone is more important than the look. Consider a simpler aluminum sort of wind chime over a more ornamental set since these typically make a more beautiful sound quality. When designing your wind chime garden, consider them at different heights. For example, place a set of wind chimes up on a deck, one in a smaller tree line and another among your flowers. The blowing breeze will produce a sound that will emanate around your whole yard.

If the aesthetic aspect to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to hang them in your line of vision. so you can delight in the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens fit in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.

The Tallest Water Displays Across the World

Known as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. It propels water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above 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.

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

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the sky.

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 which made its debut in 2009 is located next to highest building worldwide, the famous Burj Khalifa. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets 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.

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).


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