We learn about the rain and rainy Season
The other week we talked about the umbrella and it is only fitting that we talk about the rain. In Japan, each area has its own rainy season. In Okinawa, it starts on May 8th and ends on June 23rd. In Kanto (which includes Tokyo) it is from June 8th to July 20th. In Sjikoku it runs from June 4th to July 17th. It is interesting how different the rainy seasons are in one Island country. Interesting that in most of the Japan the season starts in the beginning of June to mid-July but it works differently on islands like Okinawa where it starts a month earlier. Then there is Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido that barely gets affected by the rainy season! A common misconception is that when it’s the rainy season it rains every day. Not true at all. Sometimes, out of the entire rainy season, it will rain only 11 days out of the full duration. In fact, it’s not how often it rains, it’s how much in the given time it does rain.
We thought we would share an interesting fact with you about the Japanese language today. When one talk about the weather it is easy, to sum up what is happening in one word. We all know that rain is… well rain in English, but in Japanese, the name of rain is a tricky thing. For an island country, Japan has a diverse vocabulary and there are at least 50 nouns for rain in Japan… yes 50…
The normal word for rain is ‘ame‘, but rain shower is hakuu, kyuu or niwakaame. Then there are also words that indicate just how intense the rain is such as jakuu (weak rain), kosame or koburi or biu (light rain) and tau or ooame for heavy rain. The words for rain certainly are diverse as you can see in the following link: http://bit.ly/50-Japanese-Words-For-rain
Here are more weather words and trivia: http://bit.ly/Japanese-Weather-Words
Here are some tips to survive the rainy days in Japan. Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/Surviving-Rainy-Days
Want to know more about Japanese Umbrellas? Please follow our link: http://bit.ly/A-Japanese-Umbrella-Story
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