Welcome to Japan’s rainy season!

Summer in Japan always starts with rainy days. Because it is also the season when the Japanese apricot (ume) ripens, the Japanese call it “tsuyu” (or “baiyu”) which literally means “plum rain”.

The rainy season usually begins in early June and ends in mid July.


This year, it has started a week early. It’s been raining since yesterday.

This is the season when it gets humid.

… and the days are gray and gloomy.

Umbrellas are everywhere.

Welcome to Japan’s rainy season.

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  1. That is wondering summer begins with rain!!!

    Posted May 29, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  2. ninia

    so this is what it looks like on a rainy day in japan. the streets are crowded with umbrellas and they’re lovely to look at. but its lovelier when one enjoys the pouring of the rain and get drenched. i wish it rains here too…

    Posted June 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Permalink
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    Posted December 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Permalink