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September 08, 2003

Old tradition, new purpose

An age old Japanese tradition, especially in the summer months, is to sprinkle water onto the dirt paths and walkways at house and shop entrances as well as central gardens. In the country this tradition continues, but in the cities it has generally been abandoned except at some temples. Primarily it ‘s done in the morning to lessen the dust. It seems however that the sprinkling of the ground is being revived in the cities, as a way to possibly help cool the pavements and lower ambient temperatures a degree or two. Interesting to see the a mostly new application of an ancient tradition.

Posted by Eric at September 8, 2003 03:20 PM | TrackBack
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