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An Internet journalist shoots live video footage of girls dressed as maids taking part in an "uchi-mizu" event in Akihabara on Sunday. "Uchi-mizu" is an old summer custom of pouring water on the street and sidewalk to lower the temperature.

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This picture is going to be a hit with the Otaku! Cute girls. And I love the young Elvis. So dreamy an dpeachy keen ! lol

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These young ladies are not doing anything wrong. They have a job and are making an honest, yet modest income for a young person. Maid outfits can be associated with eroticism, but it's not as if they are wearing sexy nighties or anything overtly sexual. For a well adjusted adult, the maids add a fun and festive air to the uchi-mizu event.

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kawwaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii as long as they don't spill the water onto the laptop.

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Those are French maid outfits worn by the girls and are occasionally a subject of sexual fetishism and is a form of ladies fantasywear sometimes classified as lingerie depending on the design details. But in Japan it conveys a different image. It's a fashion trend and part of a cute cultural boom. Now there's nothing wrong with that. By dressing up in these costumes, they are living in the virtual world and developed the attraction or affection of the characters in the anime, manga or video games. Thus it provides them an opportunity to play out their fantasies in the real world. Hence another cultural phenomenal has spawned. I think it's cute and see nothing wrong with it. After all you have Halloween in the United States. It's so important to be open-minded and learn about the characteristic of Japanese culture and behavior. There are many reactions and attitudes that Japanese will give off. Many of them the typical Westerner would ordinarily not pickup.

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For the majority of people it is just good fun and maybe a bit of eye-candy.

BTW, many of those girls are coining it, there are quiet a few that started as a server in a maid-cafe and now own multiple cafe's themselves(just a few short years later).

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I think it shows a great sense of fun and is an intereseting cross over of the pop cultures of Japan. It also says very good things about a country that can accept and encourage this kind of self expression.

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I would be that someone comes along and says they should be serving like this in the kitchen. :-) Any guesses?

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They should be serving customers in the dining room.

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This pouring water on the streets thing is annoying. 1. It wastes water which we should be conserving and caring about how much we use. 2. It evaporates so quickly that it could hardly have any impact upon heating other than psychological. 3. Having girls in maid outfits do this is even more absurd than ordinary people doing this.

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Waste of water, I wish Japan wouldn't be so stupid, I know it's tradition but there are many countries without such water to poor all over the street.

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Temperature's rising.........Fever is high.......I promise you anything......Get me out of this (...)......cold turkey...has got me...on the run

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An Internet "journalist” who doesn't have a camera and just uses the one on his lop-top.

Wow.

He must be a bastion of interesting news. We know where the Pulitzer is going this year...

Forgetting all that though... second from right is the cutest. No further debate is needed.

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The usual suspects collect along the green line...

Water buckets, up!

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An Internet "journalist” who doesn't have a camera and just uses the one on his lop-top.

You know this how? In this picture he is using his notebook but he probably has a bag with other stuff.

Cute picture, and nice to see old traditions respected.

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It wastes water which we should be conserving and caring about how much we use.

I wasn't aware of any water shortage in the Kanto area? With the recent typhoon and rain in Niigata and Fukushima it's hard to imagine that the catchments aren't pretty full.

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If there is any pouring of water to be done , I think white T-shirts are in order.

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An Internet "journalist” who doesn't have a camera and just uses the one on his lop-top.

If he's uploading to the intertubes, using a laptop is as efficient as a 'camera.' And the maids are waving at themsleves: wow, live TV!

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Does that Internet "journalist" have a mullet? I think he does.....

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If people here think this is a WASTE OF WATER then go and see the water festivals that they have over in Myanmar, they throw buckets of water, pull out water hoses and everyone is soaking wet, not this cute Japanese girls in their sexy French maid outfits, so I do not really think it is that wasteful and it actually helps cool the city streets down.

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An Internet "journalist” who doesn't have a camera and just uses the one on his lop-top.

You know this how? In this picture he is using his notebook but he probably has a bag with other stuff.

Because I am all knowing and all seeing.

Judging by the way he looks, I bet he's craving for the attention that one would get walking about using a laptop-camera.

In this case "internet journalist" should read "blogger".

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Very cute, although it does transform the street into a bit of a sauna.

As for those whining about "wasting water", there's no water shortage in Japan, and they're not about to ship the water to Ethiopia, so it's either use it or let it flow back into the ocean.

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Woman on the end is my wife, on the other end my daughter. I need a good shrink and so does half the country.

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Why no men in butler outfits???

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tmarie.

You will have to hit Ikebukuro for those. Akiba is aimed at the guys.

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Welcome back, Goshujin-sama! Let me cool you off with some water!

Yeah, where are the butlers?

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Zenny11; Any evidence that these girls are coining it. In Osaka these jobs are advertiesed for 700-900 Yen per hour. Aint getting far with that.

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@steve.

Only tons of TV-Reports and interviews with Maids that made it.

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Zenny11; Don't believe everything you see and read. At that salary/wage they will only be able to start up businesses with outside help. A young girtl from a poor family living in a council flat is not goong to make a successfull career from the job.

Wages are less than 1000 Yen an hour and many have to call men master and such. Are these women the symbols of empowerment we hear so much of on this site lately.

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Are these women the symbols of empowerment we hear so much of on this site lately.

What do you think? Chances are, these are the women who just want to get married and have kids and think that doing such a job might put them in contact with men who can afford them!

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tmarie; By looking at the types that go in these places i would imagine they are more interested in virtual girlfriends than real ones.

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It's all good fun,and keeps the otaku happy.Also good to see that some of these girls have formed a group called Afilia Saga East,now getting songs produced by Tsunku-san.Tokyo's youth culture is dynamic and unique,that's never a bad thing.

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Tokyo's youth culture is dynamic and unique,that's never a bad thing.

Dude are you serious?

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Notice the green line they for keeping them in line.

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Japanese have their traditions including uchi-mizu, that may be as important as conserving water.

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@Gogogo (and Tkoind2 too, for that matter),

Waste of water, I wish Japan wouldn't be so stupid, I know it's tradition but there are many countries without such water to poor all over the street.

I believe we had this exact same conversation last year about this tradition, so please pay attention so we don't have to repeat it again next year...

First, "other countries" would NEVER have had access to the water in these buckets. Pining about how people in those countries don't have water while these people are sprinkling it on the ground during a ritual is just as irrelevant as your mother telling you to eat all your food because, "there are starving children in India." Those children had ZERO chance of getting the food that was available in our local supermarket, so trying to throw a guilt trip on your children over the "starving children's" plight in order to get them to eat is pure manipulation.

Second, Which is more wasteful on the global scale: Hoarding water in reservoirs and pipes, or sprinkling it on the ground where it will evaporate, return to the atmosphere, and get relocated elsewhere around the globe (hey, maybe even to one of those countries without water, eh?) The water cycle trumps your concerns once again! The ONLY way to actually waste water is when you split apart the water molecule through a process such as electrolysis.

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