Tokyo Rainy Season 2016

The tsuyu (“plum rain”) rainy season doesn’t kick off officially in Tokyo until June 8, but already a steady rain is falling from skies the colour of dirty rice water. And is forecast to continue to do so every day this week…

Actually, the weather changed abruptly around mid-morning Saturday, Tokyo time. Until then, we’d enjoyed a gloriously warm, sunny, relatively dry early summer – perfect for hanging laundry (just saying). Then, before noon, sombre grey clouds overcast the city, the temperature dropped — and my allergies went into overdrive.

Fortunately, Japan has very effective over-counter-allergy medicine. Unfortunately, the best of the weather may be behind us here in the Big Sushi – and the rest of Japan. The forecast is apparently for a “La Niña” climate cycle to replace the El Niño, bringing – yet another – record-breaking hot summer.

We won’t be alone. Apparently for the first time in history, the whole planet has been setting month after month of heat records since March of 2015, which is itself a record: never before have there been 12 consecutive months of record heat.



2 thoughts on “Tokyo Rainy Season 2016

  1. No idea why rain in Tokyo seemed to be the colour of dirty rice water to anyone. Beats me, I really do not see that. Also, it seems rainy season was a bit late this year, since after announcement of the rainy season, there were so many hot and sunny days. It feels like real rainy season started just some 3-3,5 weeks ago, and is lasting still for another week or so. Can’t wait for the summer >o<

    1. Thanks for the comment, Kikki! I know what you mean: Rainy season seems to be lingering this year; I’m looking forward to its end, too (though not necessarily to the heat and humidity of summer!). Don’t the starchy, off-white skies this time of year remind you of water left over in a rice cooker? Works for me!

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