From June to mid-July, cities in Japan is going into “Tsuyu” season, except for Hokkaido located in the north.
The kanji “梅” means ume, a kind of Japanese plum. It’s used in ume sake, it’s pickled and so on, and “雨” means rain. So the kanji is meant to coincides with the time when the ume ripen and when the seasonal rain arrives, but there are many theories about how Tsuyu got its name.
Tsuyu, meteorological speaking, is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, which means rain will soon begin to downpour. In Canada, there were only a few rainy days this year in May. As well, Tsuyu is a time that can make us feel little gloomy.
For instance, people who have frizzy hair just hate rain or anyone who plays sports outside and so on; however, there are good things about this time that can help relieve stress and some of these you can only do on a rainy day.
Most of Japanese have allergies caused by pollen, dust, or ragweed, but these allergens are quelled by the rain, so you’ll feel a little better and spend less time scratching your eyes during Tsuyu.
Additionally, it’s a great time to focus on our hobbies or find new ones. We can also have a chance to consider our fashion during these days and relish wearing rain coats, cooking with family, playing instruments and so on. As well, you can take advantage of the humidity to give your water vapor heavy room a good scent like lemon, rosemary, mint and more.
During Tsuyu, we can also see snails and hydrangeas, which are typical, yet beautiful, things. It’s an interesting time in Japan and we can feel that Tsuyu is coming this year as well, but let’s look on the bright side of life.
But I can’t say I recommend visiting Japan during this season, you might get a little wet.