Our rain chain, Migumo, has been installed in Singapore

To our delight, our Migumo rain chain is being used in Singapore.

In comparison to other products in our product line, Migumo rain chain has a pure Japanese style particularly for traditional Japanese style homes and buildings.

However, the matching between the exterior stone wall and metal rain chain creates a unique feel, resulting in a wonderful residential home.

 

From the looks, the rain chain is for draining the small roof of the front door and certainly it is functionally effective but also in terms of residential design, the rain chain’s presence is serving as an effective accent as well.

 

Rain chain was borne in Japan as a drainage system to enjoy and appreciate the rain so when using it in Singapore, I believe that the true benefits will be felt.

 

Thank you Eloisa for the great picture! Your home looks fantastic!

 

Let me introduce the rain chain used in the picture. Here is the link:

http://rainchainsjp.com/products/migumo/

 

Migumo is principally made of copper, but the line connecting chains for strengthening purposes and the cup to collect the water from the chain are made of stainless steel.

 

Rain is said to be slightly acidic by absorbing oxides from the air originally dispersed by cars and factories, so it appears that if the middle part of the rain chain where rain passes through the most is pure copper, it will erode and breakdown in some occasions. Therefore, we used stainless steel in the middle portion with the most frequent water flow to strengthen its durability, enabling you to use the rain chain for decades and decades to come.

Rain chain called “Tama” made by SEO Inc. is installed on a home with Japanese garden in Canada.

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Tama rain chain is being used at a couple’s home in Vancouver, the city that hosted winter Olympics in 2010.

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As with many, this home has also installed the rain chain in sync with its Japanese garden. Tama hangs next to the main entrance of the home after passing the grounded stone lanterns to the side.

 

The garden has a special selection of plants and stones, perhaps the owner of the home imported them from Japan. In Vancouver, a Japanese garden (UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research), known even in Japan, was built in memory of Inazou Nitobe on the campus of the University of British Columbia. This garden is greatly praised and is one of the highly rated gardens in North America.

 

We are more than pleased to have our rain chain be part of a home that is built on a land with such deep connection with Japanese gardens like no other in North America. Thank you Lila!

 

 

A home in Tahiti

Tahiti is located in the Southern Pacific Ocean and this Polynesian Island is one of the favorite resort destination in the region and known as the place where the famed artist Paul Gauguin had lived. A vacation home on this Island installed one of our rain chain.

 

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As the married couple visited Japan, they were delighted to discover Japanese rain chains and we received an order straight from their hotel room.

In the picture shown, our rain chain named Migumo can be seen attached to the pool side of the house in Tahiti. The rain chain with Eastern taste provides a contrast to the Western style building, adding vividness to the scenery.

 

In recent years, Japan has gained a reputation for owning its own unique culture not found in the West, and has been attracting many tourists from across the globe.

 

Traditionally, rain chains have been created to enjoy Japan’s four seasons, including the rainy season, evening shower or autumn rain as well. So, upon visiting Japan, please enjoy each characteristic of rain fall in variety of seasons with the exquisiteness of rain chains that are attached to buildings when you have a chance.

Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

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Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

There is a museum that exhibits carpentry tools surrounded by nature in the outskirts of the bustling city.

On the roof of the building that integrates Japanese taste, smoked Ibushi tiles are laid out and our own Hamon product is installed as its rain chain to drain rain water. Brass is carefully bent one piece at a time by a craftsman and the rings are linked together by welding. On rainy days, you will be able to observe rain water trickle down the linked rings.

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The old buildings in Japan are made of wood, and many tools, which is the essence of the architectural craftsmanship, and wooden frameworks are exhibited here.
These wooden frameworks are the unique features of traditional Japanese buildings, which do not use nails but instead intricately fits wood pieces together with precise shapes to strengthen durability. There are many variations of wooden framework methods, and Shrines and Buddhist temples that use many wooden frameworks have their own carpenters who specializes in temple and shrine works.
There are many highly specialized craftsmanship embedded in shrines and Buddhist temples that are historical buildings. Also, from wooden buildings, we are able to learn how the people lived in the past. Woods breathe and stabilizes humidity so it is an indispensable material for people to live comfortably. How to tame the wood that flips and warps, the carpenters’ experience and wisdom is succeeded in today’s buildings.

Residence in the Czech Republic

 

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Today’s rain chain that I would like to introduce to you is installed to a residence in the Czech Republic. This home has a Migumo rain chain installed in a Japanese style back yard. The customer adores Japan and had purchased the rain chain when visiting Japan this past spring.

 

 

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The rain chain extends down from the eaves and a saucer made of stone, which acts as a water tray, is placed at the bottom. In the back, stone lantern and stepping stones are intricately placed to form a wonderful Japanese garden. Their Pointers, Nora and Garl, seem intrigued by the new rain chain born in Japan as they look on.

 

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As you can see, we are seeing an increased number of consumers from abroad incorporating rain chain in their back yards as an accent.

SEO Inc. not only manufacture superior-quality Japan-made rain chains for the Japanese market, but directly ship overseas to the US, EU, and Asian countries as well.

Eichler Home Renovation

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We were treated to a video of Ta-ke rain chain performing as it should during rain, so I would like to share it with you today. It is a footage from one of the works we display as an example titled “Eichler Home Renovation” in the Works tab on our website.

 

 

It is a fine home in California, USA, built on an elevated ground with a grand view, designed with a refined simplicity, having lawns and wooden decks outside.

 

This home was designed by Joseph Eichler in the 60’s, exhibiting American mid-century modern style, and later an architect renovated it to what we see today.

 

The house installed the stainless steel Ta-ke rain chain, which has a simple yet modern form, and it blends in splendidly with the designer home that combines wood and concreate.

 

Temple in Tera-machi

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In our Migumo L  rain chain, designs of flower pedals are used as its motif. In addition to Japan’s four distinct seasons, a rainy period between spring and summer exists, called the Tsuyu season. You may appreciate the vicissitudes of rain and the fading season while visually capturing the flow of water.

 

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This Jouanji temple with rain chains is located in Kanazawa City and it represents the Jodo sect of Buddhism in Japan, built in 1575 by Toshiie Maeda, a distinguished military commander first to be granted the Kaga Domain, a.k.a. Kanazawa Domain. In the Edo period, Kanazawa City prospered as a castle town of the 1 million-koku-domain, the largest agricultural yields in its time, and today the city still attracts many visitors wanting to take in the ancient ambience that still lingers.

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In Kanazawa, home of many old temples, countless traditional buildings can still be found. One of the main tourist attraction in Kanazawa, the Tera-machi Temple area was built as a counter measure against the Buddhist uprising, gathering temples in this area. There are about 70 temples wit h many unique characteristics.

Tera-machi temple’s bell is selected as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan by the Ministry of the Environment, and you could enjoy its graceful sound here.