Uchimizu

1. Uchimizu means sprinkling water in front of one’s own house or store. It not only keeps down dust but also cools down the temperature through the effect of heat vaporization during the hot summer.

2. This also serves as a Shinto ritual of purification as well as an expression of courtesy to visitors.

3. Until the mid-1970s, uchimizu was part of daily morning duties for townspeople, along with kadohaki (sweeping). Thus, most streets of Kyoto used to be damp most of the time. That scene is infrequent these days with only a limited number of traditional houses and old stores to keep up the custom.

4. There are unwritten rules for uchimizu, such as not sprinkling over neighbors’ areas and during wintertime as it might cause icy roads. So, if you plan to practice uchimizu at home, please use your discretion.

2013-03-13 03:07:53
I do not understand why and when is poured water not sweep?. UCHIMIZU: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Uchimizu of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
2013-03-21 21:42:11
What do you think? UCHIMIZU: http://www.ana-cooljapan.com/traditions/ Do you think Uchimizu of Japan is cool? Visit our special site and vote! Real Japan is even cooler! Why don’t you visit Japan on All Nippon Airways?
156
8
24
I am your Yuzen
友禅の色
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Nurturing the arts
京都ギャラリー
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Hot spring spa
温泉
Mt. Fuji
富士山
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Sushi-go-round
回転寿司
Novels of Haruki Murakami
村上春樹の小説
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Haarii
ハーリー
Shuri Castle
首里城
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Mangroves
マングローブ
Japan
Saint Seiya
Mexico
Doraemon
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Mexico
Street Fighter 4
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
Daruma
達磨
Department store basement
デパ地下
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Japanese knives
包丁
RICE CAKES
SOBA
蕎麦
TEMPURA
天婦羅
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
NEBUTA MATSURI
AWA ODORI
SANJA MATSURI
MENBURYU
KENDO
剣道
IAI
居合
NOH
KYUDO
弓道
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES