“Rain rain go away, come back another day!” My father once said that on a rainy day back when I was living in Canada. I’ve never forgotten it. I thought it was cute, with “away” and “day” rhyming together. It rains a lot because it’s the rainy season in Japan. Where I’m from in Quebec, Canada, we don’t have a rainy season and it rarely rains for more than one day. Here in Japan, it can be rainy or cloudy with intermittent rain for a few days in a row.
Last night when I finished up a post here on the Soapbox, I was at my English conversation school (英会話スクール), Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi (スミス英会話 塚口校) in Tsukaguchi (塚口), Amagasaki (尼崎市), Hyogo Prefecture. I wanted to go out and do a mailbox flyer run, but it was raining. I really felt like doing some exercise after sitting at my computer for some time. I considered going anyways with an umbrella, but finally decided to wait instead. Perhaps the rain would stop. It didn’t. Not only did it not stop, it got stronger, much stronger. Wow! It rained cats and dogs! I exchanged emails with my wife using my cell phone and decided to head straight home when the rain got lighter. It got lighter briefly then got strong again. The strong rain seemed to come in waves. Finally, after waiting for a while and when the rain wasn’t so strong, I bicycled home, only a few minutes away. I was happy to be home!
This morning when I got up, my wife was watching the news on TV. A flooded place was being shown. I asked my wife where it was and she she that it was in Yamaguchi, which is a prefecture in the western part of Japan. The heavy rain was causing flooding there. Wow!
Today a Japanese teacher of mine in Amagasaki told me that this is the peak in the rainy season and that it rains a lot at the end of the rainy season. The rainy season must then be coming to an end. Great! A good point about the rainy days is that it’s cooler. Once the rainy season ends, it’ll get hotter. Until then, be sure to keep an umbrella nearby!
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi