A Fluid Exchange

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In the Morikami Garden near here there is a mesmerizing little bamboo water transfer device that works by gravity. Every 30 seconds or so a length of hinged bamboo is filled from a bamboo pipe coming from a unseen water source. When full, the hinged section pivots and dumps its load into a small shallow pool that has been partially filled by visitor’s coins.

To be honest the coins cast a somewhat discordant note on the beautiful simplicity of the device but one can see why a visitor might want to leave something  behind to bath in the watery magic.

2 Comments on “A Fluid Exchange

  1. I find myself, while sitting within the sound of these things, trying to anticipate when the container will tip over. Thinking about that takes my mind off other things and puts me oddly in the present.

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