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
23
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Uchimizu
打ち水
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Zazen
坐禅
Ultramodern vending machine
次世代型自販機
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Japanese hospitality
おもてなし
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Yakatabune
屋形船
Meiji Shrine
明治神宮
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Mango
マンゴー
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Mangroves
マングローブ
Italy
Sengoku Muso
Taiwan
Mobile Suit Gundam
France
The Royal Doll Orchestra
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
Harajuku fashion is a way to express myself.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
Japanese sake
日本酒
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
Cosmetics
化粧品
RICE CAKES
RAMEN
ラーメン
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SOBA
蕎麦
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
MENBURYU
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
SHODO
書道
KYUDO
弓道
SADO
茶道
JUDO
柔道
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
SUKIYA-DAIKU
数寄屋大工
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター