Friday was the start of rainy season in Japan. During this season, the sky is filled with threatening, heavy clouds. Once or twice a day, the rain will come crashing down in a short spurt of heavy downpour. For the rest of the day, it’ll sprinkle and the humid air is filled with rain evaporating from the ground in the heat!
If you get caught without an umbrella, every convenience, drug, grocery, and miscellaneous store will move their ever-so-convenient umbrella displays out to the street for pedestrians to pick one up for 300 – 800 yen. Walking through the crowded streets of Tokyo in the rain is like an umbrella dance. Everyone raises, lowers, or slips their umbrellas at an angle to avoid hitting each other. It’s so polite! The occasional bump often punishes those pedestrians with a wet splash.
This season will last until the middle of July, when it’ll get insanely hot and humid. Needless to say, these are not my favorite few months! :) Hope you kept dry over the weekend!