Shishi odoshi

Shishi_odoshi

Shishi odoshi (ししおどし, 鹿威し, Shishi odoshi?) literally means "deer scarer" in
Japanese. It is a water fountain used in Japanese gardens. Usually made of
bamboo, it contains one or more uprights with a hollow pivoting arm attached
into which water pours from a tube or pipe above it. When the arm gets full, the
weight of the water causes it to tip over and empty, making a sharp sound when
it hits a hard surface below it. This noise is intended to startle any deer
which may be grazing on the plants in the garden. The empty arm is then free to
swing back up into position and refill. The rhythmic clacking sound reminds
visitors to the garden of the passage of time. Although simple in design, it is
highly effective, and safer than most modern deer repellers. Some people collect
them as antiques.

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8 thoughts on “Shishi odoshi

  1. I remember a great HyperCard stack I had on my Mac some fifteen years ago. The topic was Japanese Gardens and it had a slide about the shishi odoshi with an animation and sound. It was a beautifully designed stack that I loved flipping through. Thanks for bringing back a nice memory.

  2. There’s one used to good dramatic effect in Kill Bill Vol. 1’s fight between The Bride and Lucy Lui.

  3. in reply to ladygoat, i had a watch through the Last Samurai but i didnt see any, but definately in kill bill. i really want one for my own garden, its hard to find them here so it may need to be a D.I.Y job

  4. Hello, I would like to download the shishi odoshi sound, but the link to the sound file is no longer available. Could you please post a link to a new sound file or send me a link?

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