It is the middle of summer in Tokyo and it is hot, hot, hot as usual!
The annual Akihabara Uchimizukko (Uchimizu) event was held on August 1, 2009 near the JR Akihabara station.
Uchimizu is a Japanese tradition in which water is sprinkled in gardens and streets.
During the hot summer, it serves to cool the immediate area, keep down dust and also please neighbors.
Traditionally, this was done with a bucket and ladle …
… wearing a yukata, or summer kimono.
In the otaku world that is Akihabara, meidos, who work in the popular maid cafes in the area, have also been enlisted to perform this cooling ceremony.
Let’s all Uchimizu to cool down summer heat!
In Shibuya, they also recently performed this ceremony, text and picture from Japan Today.
Women who work in Shibuya take part in “uchimizu,” the traditional Japanese custom of sprinkling water on the pavement and surrounding areas of one’s home or workplace, to cool down the sizzling summer temperatures. “Uchimizu” was a popular practice among people during the Edo period, and still continues today as a common way to overcome the hot summer heat – lowering temperatures on the ground and surrounding air by 2-3°C.