Rain, Glorious Rain!

Japanese women in the rain

Today is the first day of Tsuyu, the beginning of rainy season in southern Japan. Spring is in its full glory  and gentle, warm rain has been falling all day.

It will rain here every day for the next 6-7 weeks, during which time we will get about 60-90 centimeters (2-3 feet) of rain.

Tsuyu is an integral part of culture and rhythms of  life in Japan. It changes the look of the cities and landscapes and brings life to lush vegetation.

A Poet’s View

Here is a famous haiku poem about rain by Yosa-no-Buson (1716 – 1784).

Spring rain.. The pond and the river.. Have become one (Yosa no Buson, 1716 – 1784)

池と川ひとつになりぬ春の雨

Spring rain
The pond and the river
Have become one

In Japanese:

Ike to kawa
hitotsu ni narinu
haru no ame

Picture to the right was taken from the banks of Oyodu River running through Miyazaki city.

Describing Rain

Heavenly rainJapanese have specialized words to describe different kinds of rain. The Tsuyu season rain is called sami-dareh (五月雨),  characterized as naga-ame (長雨, long rain) and shito-shito (しとしと, one-by-one, gentle drizzle, pattering.)

Other words to describe different kinds of rain are:

Kiri-same ( 霧雨): Misty rain

Ko-same (小雨): Light rain

O-ame (大雨): Heavy rain

Gou-u ( 豪雨): Torrential rain

Armand

Armand

Armand is the chief editor for Miyazaki Whispers and has lived in Japan since 2003. He has a graduate degree from University of California in Davis in systems science and has managed tech companies in US, UK and Sweden. Armand's interests are haiku, cross-cultural studies and surfing.
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About Armand

Armand is the chief editor for Miyazaki Whispers and has lived in Japan since 2003. He has a graduate degree from University of California in Davis in systems science and has managed tech companies in US, UK and Sweden. Armand's interests are haiku, cross-cultural studies and surfing.
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