Moments in the Mist: Serenity of Spring Rains in Miyazaki

Moments in the Mist: Serenity of Spring Rains in Miyazaki

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 25th Apr 2024


I live in Miyazaki, on southern Kyushu island. Here, as the mid-spring breeze sweeps away the last petals of the cherry blossoms, a serene transformation envelops the land, ushered in by the soft whispers of Samidare, the late-April / early-May rains.

This time is more than a simple shift in weather; it is a profound cultural tapestry, deeply interwoven with the Japanese appreciation of the fleeting seasons.

The Beauty of Samidare

To me, Samidare (Japanese 五月雨, fifth-month rains) is nature's soothing melody, marking the transition with its gentle, nurturing drizzle. Even as the air holds onto the last crisp whispers of spring, it carries the warm promises of the approaching summer.

These rains, much softer than the downpours of Japan's summer monsoon season, can feel contemplative — creating sensations of tranquility which seem to slow down the pace of time.

During this season, I watch leaves turn a deeper shade of green, and the hydrangeas in my garden begin to bloom. The fragrance of the moist earth fills the air, grounding me in the moment when each raindrop seems to nourish the flora and the roots of my cultural sensitivities.

Cultural Significance

In Japanese art and literature, Samidare has long been revered as a symbol of renewal and the impermanence of life. Poets, particularly haiku masters, have drawn inspiration from this season's subtle beauty. Here is one of my favorites by the 18th-century master Yosa Buson:

In the early summer rain,

People walking,

Among the village clouds.

(In Japanese:


Samidare ni, nureshi hito, yuku muragumo)

Samidare is not merely about the rain; it's a period for introspection and renewal. The rhythmic sound of raindrops on the roof becomes a backdrop to my thoughts, nudging me to reflect at a slower pace in the haste of everyday life.

Experiencing Samidare


Experiencing Samidare in Japan, particularly in Miyazaki, is like stepping into a living watercolor painting. The lush landscapes invite a gentle exploration. A walk through the local groves or a quiet moment in a mist-covered garden during these rains offers a profoundly different perspective from the bright and bustling sightseeing spots.

So, let the soft rain fall. And, with each gentle drop, let it cleanse, heal and refresh.