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Creating Japanese Gardens. Japanese rain chains are what traditional Japanese houses use instead of drain pipes, and they're a lot more attractive.

Creating Japanese Gardens

You'll never go back! Rain chains are suspended from the rain gutter at the corner of your roof, and the rain water trickles down the chain to the ground, to a basin, or a barrel. The rain water makes a wonderful soothing sound as it trickles down the chain. Japanese rain chains are absolutely beautiful. They're usually made of copper, which over time grows a lovely green patina. They're also hugely practical, and a great way to add a Japanese touch to your house and garden without taking up any valuable space. Here are some different styles of Japanese rain chain. Tsukubai: stone basin arrangements. Tsukubai are found in Japanese gardens of all types and sizes.

Tsukubai: stone basin arrangements

A tsukubai is an arrangement of a stone water basin and stones, often with a bamboo spout pouring water. A tsukubai is an arrangement found in very many Japanese gardens involving a stone water basin and four surrounding stones. A tsukubai provides a very Japanese touch for your garden. 'Tsukubai' literally means 'stooping basin' or 'crouching basin'; the stone basin (chozubachi) is placed on the ground, near the entrance to a garden or tea ceremony room, and guests stoop or crouch to wash their hands and rinse their mouths at the tsukubai before entering.

Often tsukubai have bamboo ladles placed across the top of the stone basin, and water pouring into the basin from a bamboo pipe (kakei). The area between the stones is called the 'sea', and is usually covered with pebbles or coarse sand/gravel. How to make a Japanese water feature. Making a Japanese water feature doesn't have to be difficult or expensive.

How to make a Japanese water feature

Here's how I made mine. These are step by step instructions to build your own Japanese water feature. They describe the method I used for the tsukubai water feature in my own Japanese garden, but you could adapt them for any kind of Japanese water feature; for example, to make a shishi odoshi, you can just use a shishi odoshi and some pebbles instead of the stone basin.

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