About the Anchoring Weight for Rain Chains

Amakage

 

New anchoring weight for rain chains are now available.

The new anchoring weight is made of black granite called kuro-nachi and carefully hand polished one piece at a time by our craftsmen. The stone literally means black-nachi stone and as the name suggests, the darkness becomes more vivid the more you polish it and is often used in Japanese gardens. The material comes from the Kumano City of Mie Prefecture.

The names of the new anchoring weights are “Amane L” and “Amakage” and these can be used for ALL of our rain chains.

Rain chains require the bottom to be stationary or else strong winds will cause it to sway and may damage the building or the rain chain itself, so an anchor is used to stabilize it.

 

Amane L

 

There are other means to stabilize the chain, such as literally anchoring it but when matched with a handsome weight, it further perfects the aesthetics and enhances the beauty of the rain chain.

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.