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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General endless rain Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #67 New 06-05-2011 12:24 AM
endless rain
Sogo and Daimaru by Janne Moren used under creative commons licence

here comes the rain again
falling on my head like a memory


and I wonder still I wonder
who'll stop the rain

Creedence Clearwater Revival

the bottoms of my shoes
are wet
from walking in the rain

Haiku by Jack Kerouac

it's rainin' all over the world
Brook Benton, Rainy Night in Georgia

The rainy season has officially started in Japan. In Japanese it is called 梅雨 tsuyu - plum rains. Japan is made up of four large islands plus Okinawa and some smaller islands. Weather fronts like cherry blossoms or the rainy season move north and east with the rotation of the earth from the southern island of Kyushu up through Shikoku and the main island Honshu to the northern island of Hokkaido.

The rainy season is not pleasant. Sometimes it is humid and wet and sometimes it is cold and wet. Anyway it is wet. Leather shoes and bags and jackets and belts can get mouldy. Washing is slow to dry. Especially thick cotton gi - martial arts uniforms.

I don't know if Japanese people use telepathy or if they just check their mobile phones. But you know they know something you don't when you get on a train and everyone has an umbrella but you.

X Japan, Endless Rain

Eurythmics, Here Comes the Rain Again

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Who'll Stop the Rain

Brook Benton, Rainy Night in Georgia

e-book of short story Rain by Somerset Maugham

Haiku by Jack Kerouac

wikipedia article about the rainy season

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RSS Feed 9 Responses to "endless rain"
#9 08-10-2011 02:22 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thank you Niall for the nice song. I like the fresh air and how it smells after a rainstorm very much, maybe because here in the south of the island where I life it rains seldom, in the north it rains much more, between the two parts there are the mountains that stop the rain, it is strange that in 60 km(from N to S) there can be such a different wheather.
#8 08-07-2011 04:39 AM
niall Says:
There was a rainstorm today. On the American forces radio I heard a nice country song with a lot of rain song references: All These Songs About Rain by Gary Allan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEkQGa_O5tU.
#7 06-13-2011 05:35 PM
niall Says:
Accessory found on twitter for Japanophile samurai otaku in the rain: http://www.jbox.com/product/NET701
#6 06-12-2011 07:19 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Francis for your interesting comments always. I hadn't thought of baiu!
#5 06-12-2011 07:16 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina - you're welcome! I liked Ame Agaru but I thought Akira Terao - who is a good actor - was a little miscast as a samurai.
#4 06-12-2011 07:08 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Diana - you're welcome. I think you're right. There are probably more weddings in September than in June because of the rain. They say akibare 秋晴れ in Japanese - fine autumn weather. But they do say June Bride in Japanese English.
#3 06-05-2011 06:16 PM
aikishihan Says:
Yo bro, Under another possible pronunciation for "plum rain", I am reminded of Linda Ronstadt's "blue bai yu" Sorry, another case of poetic license. The life cycle of living things is incomplete without rainfall, so "makoto ni, arigatai" kimochii o shimasu. Thanks a bunch!
#2 06-05-2011 07:32 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Niall, Thanks a lot for all your nice blogs that bring us closer to Japan. The rainy season is very important for the growth of the rice plants. By chance I saw last weekend Ame agaru a very interesting and instructive movie. I wish I could send you some sun at least to dry your gi
#1 06-05-2011 07:23 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Hi Niall, yes this brings back memories of June in Japan. Is it true that weddings in Japan are more likely in September than June? I think I read that somewhere and the rain is likely the reason. Whenever it rains a lot here and stuff doesn't dry outside, I remind my husband they have the same problem with the rain in June in Japan... Thanks again for sharing all the great stuff with us.

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