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Rainy Season has come

Japan seems to have entered rainy season, which is earlier than average year.


In Japan, rainy season is called "Tsuyu" or "Baiu", whose literal meaning is "plum rain".


There being a few theories on the origin of the name "Tsuyu", the most convincing one is that plums get ripe during rainy season, around June to July.


More confusing thing is that we used to call Japanese rainy season "Samidare", whose literal meaning is "May Rain" or "May Water Drip".


This is because we used to follow lunar calendar to describe seasons and May of lunar calendar coincides with June or July of Gregorian.


五月雨や大河を前に家二軒




~ Vocabulary related to Japanese Rainy Season ~


梅雨前線 : a seasonal rain front


停滞前線 : a stationary front


寒気団 : a cold air mass


暖気団 : a warm air mass


モンスーン : monsoon


気象庁 : Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)


温帯低気圧 : extratropical cyclone


降水(量) : precipitation


傘 : umbrella


アジサイ : Hydrangea


カタツムリ : snail


じめじめした(湿気の多い) : humid


黴 : mold