Source: Gaijin Pot
As if 2020 wasn’t already bad enough, Japan had to put up with torrential rain, deadly floods, and what feels like a never-ending rainy season. The only ray of light amid the clouds, Japan could have its first typhoon-free July since records started in 1951.
The rainy season is called 梅雨（つゆ）(also ばいう) in Japanese, which translates to “plum rain.” It begins from late May to mid-June and lasts through July. The season coincides with the ripening of Japan’s plums picked to make plum liquor (梅酒（うめしゅ）) and pickled plums (梅干（うめぼ）し).
During this period, Japan experiences weeks of rain and unpredictable weather. Temperatures aren’t that hot, but the humidity reaches unbearable highs, molding your clothes and making physical activity very sweaty.
When does the rainy season end?!
Japan enters the beginning of the rainy season (梅雨入（つゆい）り) when the Japanese Meteorological Agency says it does. This is usually after observing a string of rainy days and unsettled weather. The season ends (梅雨明（つゆあ）け) when, well, the rain stops and the weather gets hot and sunny.
“Waiting for the rainy season to end.”
But this year around, tsuyu seems to have no end. Tokyo saw a record 18th straight day of rain and no sunlight, a first since 1988. But Tokyo folks got it easy compared to the hardships people living in southwestern and central Japan went through. The extreme heavy rainfalls triggered severe floods, overflowing rivers, and mudslides.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that everyone in Japan is, for once, longing for hot summer days to start.
“I can’t put up with the rain anymore!!!!!
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