When performing the Tea Ceremony, it’s customary to scatter water along the entrance path. This ritual indicates preparation. The water cleans; it moistens the soil to contain the dust. It also deadens the sound.
Kontesuto no nyuushoosha no happyoo ga hajimatta. Shikaisha ga maiku no mae ni tatsu to, kaijoo wa isshun mizu o utta yoona shizukesa ni natta.
The contest winners were about to be announced. When the Master of Ceremonies stepped up to the microphone, the crowd got so quiet you could hear a pin drop.