Jaw. On. The. Floor.
This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean, it doesn’t blow my mind that something like this is possible, but seeing the incredible precision of dozens of tiny water nozzles squirting out water droplets to form shapes, letters, and numbers… It massages that spot in the brain where my inner geek lives.
This fountain is a fixture at the enormous Osaka Station, one of Japan’s busiest train and bus hubs for travelers and freight. I never knew water could do anything quite this mesmerizing. The video at the top is over four minutes long, but I don’t think I blinked once while watching it. I love when the two kids walk up to the fountain near the end and start clapping and cheering. Totally sums up how I feel, too.
I showed the video to my wife the first time I saw it, and at first she was convinced it was a continuous stream of water and there were lights behind it or under it creating the effect. Then I turned the sound up louder so she could hear the water as it hit the basin at the bottom of the fountain.
A second video showing a different perspective of the fountain is embedded below.