The rainy season (Tsuyu, 梅雨) has arrived in Miyazaki, as it does every year.
The weather is a balmy 20-24 degrees C (68-75 ºF), and we will have warm rains here almost every day for the next few weeks.
On average, we get about 60-90 cm (2-3 feet) of rain during May and June, though in a heavy season it can rain a few times more than that.
It is also when beautiful Hydrangeas (ajisai, あじさい) begin their brief, glorious bloom. They come in many colors, the most common being blue, white, pink, and purple.
Tsuyu has been an integral part of living in Japan for untold centuries. It not only brings life to lush vegetation, but it changes the color and texture of daily life.
In this day and age when we all need to worry about global warming, it’s a nice feeling when nature does things on time. It reassures us that nature is still trying its best.
We should be so grateful.