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Mizu wo Mukeru

  • Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom “mizu wo mukeru.”


    The literal meaning of “mizu wo mukeru” is “to direct water at someone,” and it means that you attract someone’s interest or you work someone to talk what you want.

    In Japan, miko (female attendant) can make spirits of dead and living human enter her body, and talk their words.

    This is called “kuchiyose,” the literal meaning of which is “to withdraw a mouth.”

    When mico conduct the kuchiyose, she puts water in a bowl, puts a leaf on water, and turns it toward a spirit — the water is called “mizumuke” (to direct water at something).

    Later, “mizu wo mukeru” came to have the current meanings.

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