Another Japanese Love….Rain Chains

Ohaiyou Gozaimasu (Good Morning…hehe)
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Rain chains are an alternative way for the rain water to travel from your gutter to the ground. By replacing your standard downspout with a RAIN CHAIN, you can create an effective, beautiful ‘waterfall’ . The rain trickles down in such a pleasing manner with a zen-like sound…ok it makes me go to the bathroom but I love the sound. A great alternative to a standard rain downspout…will be doing this summer!
K, here’s some det’s on rain chains that I thought was cool.

History
Rain chains (‘kusari doi’ in Japanese) in concept are not a new idea. For hundreds of years, the Japanese have used the roof of their homes to collect water, transporting it downward with chains and finally depositing the rain water into large barrels for household water usage. Japanese temples often incorporate quite ornate and large rain chains into their design. Rain chains have been spotted in South America, where chain is easier to obtain that machined downspouts.

At the Bottom
The Japanese often put a ceramic or stoneware pot beneath the chain which fills with water, so that when it rains, the water drips from the chain into the pot, creating a beautiful display.

You can make a square out of redwood or cedar beneath the chains and fill it with small pebbles. If it is damp regularly, moss will grow between the pebbles (love moss…will be adding this feature for sure). You can also place a single paver tile or a few medium size stones under the chain to break the fall of the water.

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Sayonara

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