Here’s How This City in Japan Keeps Cool in the Summer Heat
The practice has been passed down from generation to generation.
The 11th Uchimizu Project in Mino will be held from July 21 to August 31 at the Udatsu no Agaru Machinami (a commercial house townscape built from the Edo to Meiji era).
Anyone can participate in the Uchimizu.
Mino City is an area in Japan that gets really hot during the summer. Many locals perform the traditional Uchimizu or the old custom of sprinkling water on streets and gardens to ease the heat and let the dust settle.
Last July 21, several locals gathered to sprinkle water on the streets. Tourists were also welcome to join in the event.
This is the locals’ way of cooling down.
This event is held annually in front of the former Imai family house for both locals and tourists. It is organized by Mino Yumemachikai, which helped boost Mino’s tourism by highlighting Udatsu no Agaru Machinami. Until August 31, water troughs and ladles will be available in certain areas in the town for anyone to use freely.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (9 July 2019)