Commonplace Water Fountains Found in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is finished without a water feature. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are considered representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. angel cherub__67925.original.jpg It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water flows through the bamboo spout and collects in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be crafted to appear as if it has been outside for a long time. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

An alternative is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss slowly covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Bigger water features can be designed 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.

However, water does not have to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Pretty rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. In addition, flat rocks can be laid out close enough together to create the illusion of a babbling brook.

Improve Your Garden with the Use of Feng Shui

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help spread its energy into your home and your life.

Do not worry if your yard is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a big area is ideal if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to incorporate feng shui design into your living space can be used in the garden. Your yard's bagua, or energy map, is an off-shoot of your house's bagua, so it is essential to determine your home’s first.

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

An example of this is that Earth is the feng shui element you should have in the northeast part of your garden because that section of your garden connects to the energy of personal growth and self-cultivation. This could be the ideal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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

Where are the World’s Tallest Water Elements?

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain in the world. It propels 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).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which comes in third place. Considered the highest fountain in the United States, it propels water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky.

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

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 running, 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. 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.

Number 7 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, completed in 1970, propelling water 147 meters (482 feet) high.

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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