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?
159
8
21
Aburi-mochi
あぶり餅
Unique use of Kyoto bathhouses
銭湯表現
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Decorate anything
デコる
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Paper fortune
おみくじ
Hot spring spa
温泉
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Shinjuku
新宿
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Ooedo Onsen Monogatari
大江戸温泉物語
Haarii
ハーリー
Village of Long Life
長寿の里
Public market
公設市場
Mangroves
マングローブ
Spain
Negima! Magester Negi Magi
Japan
VOCALOID
Japan
(Original)
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
NEXT GENERATION
TOYOTA x STUDIO4°C collaboration begins a new PES Project called “Next Generation”
OTAKU CAMERA
the app that makes anyone a manga character
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
Japanese sake
日本酒
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Japanese knives
包丁
Wrapping
ラッピング
WASABI
山葵
KAISEKI
懐石
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
TEMPURA
天婦羅
YAYOI KUSAMA
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
KOHEI NAWA
TAKU OBATA
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
MENBURYU
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
IAI
居合
SADO
茶道
KENDO
剣道
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SHOGI
SHOGI
PLAY STATION
PlayStation
e-Sports
e-Sports
SPACE INVADERS
SPACE INVADERS