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We received a pleasant picture from our rain chain enthusiast in Canada and I would like to share it with all of you

capturing the fascinating transformational characteristic of rain chains

Can you recognize the icicle on the right of the picture? The cold temperature up North had turned the trickling water into ice thus icicle that hangs down from the eaves.

Lila, who we introduced in our past blog, as pasted below, sent us the wonderful picture, capturing the fascinating transformational characteristic of rain chains.



The house is situated in Vancouver, Canada, and Lila shared with me that although the Western Canada is usually not as cold as the East coast, the especially cold winter this year had frozen the rain chain. Lila mentions that the icicle formed on the rain chain looked stunning and holding up well despite the added weight from the snow.


Toyama Prefecture, where I live in Japan, is also known for severe winters and snow piles high like the scene in the picture. Indeed, when it gets really cold the rain chain freezes and at times it becomes an icicle just like the one in Lila’s picture. The actual ice pillar directly seen with our eyes look absolutely gorgeous with sunlight causing it to sparkle.


This transformational aspect while offering variety of expressions in every seasons is one of rain chain’s great intrigue.  


As shown in the picture, rain chains may freeze in extremely cold conditions, but it will not be damaged. It just needs enough structural strength to withstand the weight caused by the formation of ice on it.