Rain, Rain, Don't Go Away, I Want a Pretty Rain Chain

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Posted by Dina N

It's a wet and rainy Valentine's Day around here. We have barely seen a snowflake this year, although temps were in the 20s over the past few days. Today, it's in the high 30s and the weather service is forecasting rain, rain, and more rain over the next few days.

We certainly need the rain but I can't help feeling a tad melancholic when it's raining. It's not the thunder and lightning storm that puts me in a pensive mood. It's the slow, constant, steady drip drip drip from the sky. Sometimes it rains harder and I like to watch the water rushing through the downspouts. It makes me think of a beautiful rain chain I saw in a magazine recently.

When I first heard of rain chains, I vaguely thought it was something like snow chains - except for rain. I looked it up online and discovered I could not have been more wrong. Rain chains hail from Japan where they call them kusari doi, literally "chain-gutter". Their purpose is mostly decorative. According to Wikipedia, the Japanese rain chain transports rainwater from the gutters downwards to a drain or a storage container. Sometimes the industrious Japanese collect rainwater for household usage. Rain chains can be found on temples.

Rain chains are typically either a series of metal cups, chained together with a hole in the bottom of each, or chain links that span vertically. My favorite ones are made of copper and look like a string of metal tulips. So pretty! Our downspouts do the job well but are quite ordinary. I would love to replace them with these beautiful copper flowers. Then I'll sit by the window on rainy days and just watch the rainwater trickle down from one flower to the next. Maybe into a barrel to use for watering later. That's one gorgeous green idea.

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10 comments:

  1. Pricilla said...

    Very cool. I had never heard of them 'til now.

  2. holdenj said...

    I hadn't heard of these until now either. What a great idea, especially in the summer, for collecting extra water for the garden!

  3. Patricia said...

    These are new to me!

  4. Jules said...

    I've never heard of these either, but what fantastic idea! I'll definitely have to make one of these. Thanks for posting on this!

  5. SueZH said...

    I love rain chains. I didn't realize that they had their start in Japan.

  6. royalegacy said...

    I love rain chains, but unfortunately, I live in a desert where it hardly ever rains. Not much sense for me to get one.
    Danielle
    royalegacy at gmail

  7. Kelli said...

    My neighbor has a beautiful rain chain, but I'd never even heard of them before we moved into our current town home.

  8. mou05 said...

    This is a wonderful rain chains site.

    Rain Chains
    Rain Gutters

  9. Char W said...

    I had never heard of it before! The idea is appealing however, it would not make much sense for me as we live in the desert and do not get much rain. We don't even have gutters on the roofs. I imagine it would seem quite nice when it was raining though, similar to a fountain.

  10. jamie braun said...

    these are so unique and beautiful! i never knew they were Japanese!

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