Rain Chains by Good Directions: Rain Chains are an old method introduced by the Japanese as a way to control the water flowing off the roof. In today's garden design the Rain Chain is a cheerful alternative to the downspout. Capturing water as it flows from the roof to each little decorative cup, making a dull rainy day into one of sensory magic. Our Rain Chains are available in serval fun styles and designs, from the Tulip and Bluebell Cups to the Linked Chains, Fish, and Pineapple. Rain Chains are offered in two metals, Cooper and Blue Verde, perfect options for all homes.