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鎖樋, kusari doi

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Rain chains (Japanese: 鎖樋, kusari doi, literally “chain-gutter”) are alternatives to a downspout. They 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.   (“Rain chain,” 2011)

 

Rain chain. (2011). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 4, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rain_chain

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One response

  1. Lorna

    Great!

    4 March 2011 at 5:10 pm

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