fter reading about rain chains in a gardening magazine, I was real excited when I found one in an antique shop and could explain it to my children what it was and what they are used for. If I had the money at the time, I would have bought it and hope to get one sometime in the future. Not only is a rainchain decorative, it is also used to collect water. Wikipedia explains how they are an alternative to a downspout and are widely used in Japan:
“Their purpose is largely decorative, to make a water feature out of the transport of rainwater from the guttering downwards to a drain or to a storage container. (Rainwater is sometimes collected for household usage.) They 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.Rain water run-off gets distributed from a rooftop gutter downward through the rain chain.”
I especially like this pictured copper rain chains. I can picture it on the corner of my house near my bedroom where we have a gutter downspout and removing that and replacing it with this. I’ve heard that when it rains, these make a beautiful sound, first of the soft tinkling of little raindrops to the rush of water going through. These have been used for hundreds of years as a Japanese rain chain in Japan to collect water running down from their roof, into large barrels for household water usage. Japanese temples even use very ornate and large garden rain chains into their ornate designs.
It would be nice to have one of these near a garden to collect and save water to water flowerbeds and gardens. It would make a great gift!