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Rain chains have been used in Japan for hundreds of years. They are hung from the corners of roofs to guide water gently to the ground. This is often referred to as an open waterflow system. The functionality is often lost to the intrinsic beauty as the rain chain majestically guides the water down. The functionality has been used for for those hundreds of years to catch rainwater and use it for the garden. You can accomplish this by putting a retrieval basin under your rain chain.