Water Elements: Fundamental in any Japanese Gardens

You will rarely see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical cleaning, so it is typically placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. p-507__37223.jpg Since water is the most important element of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

You will also find many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. The water flows through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin below. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. As you can likely guess, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

An alternative is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The idea 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.

More substantial water features can be designed if there is enough open land. Lots of people put in a koi pond or a small stream as a final touch.

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

Enrich Your Garden with the Aid of Feng Shui

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

When introducing feng shui design into your yard, even a very small area is adequate. 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.

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 important to figure out your home’s first.

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

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. This could be the optimal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these 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.

Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Features

Referred to as the King Fahd Fountain (1985) located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it is the highest continuously functioning fountain in the world. 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).

Located near the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is third placed Gateway Geyser (1995). It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the United States.

Next is Port Fountain (2006) in Karachi, Pakistan, where the water shoots 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 function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain made its first appearance in 2009 next to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. The fountain shoots 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 at number 8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).


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