Types of names for rain chains


Rain chain is a type of rain spout born in Japan to enjoy when it rains. Many tourists visiting Japan were intrigued by it, and it gradually gained recognition across the world due to those bringing it back with them to their home countries. However, it appears to be called by various names. In places where English is spoken, the most common name is “Rain Chain” or “Rain Chains”.


In my country, Japan, it is called “Kusari doi”, “Kusari toi”, “Toi Kusari” or “Kesho Kusari”.  Because the country of origin is Japan, English speaking countries also use the same pronunciation and say “Kusari doi” or “Kusari toi”. Rain chains are for enjoying rain as a drain spout and I am certain that it will be embraced across the world by various names in the future.

The Osaka Castle Park

The Osaka Castle Park is a historical place located in the center of Osaka City of Japan, and in addition to housing the historical Tenshukaku Tower, visitors may enjoy various seasons throughout the year with over 300 Sakura trees in its garden and plum blossoms in an ume plum grove consisting over 1,200 ume plum trees.

A building with a big roof in this park is equipped with our Toh rain chain in size L.

Total of 4 rain chains of approximately 16ft in length hangs down from its eaves. Due to the tall height of the eaves, it would be difficult to drain rain water to the ground with conventional drain sprout, so the rain chain was installed.

For the ambience of a venerable Japanese garden, the rain chains are matched with the stone wall and beautifully selected pines for a place to enjoy a truly Japanese scenery.

Our rain chain, Migumo, has been installed in Philippines

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

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 Philippines, 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:



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.