Daily Wisdom Card: Taking it one step at a time.
An abstract from http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2277.html
In early summer, most parts of Japan get visited by a rainy season, the so called tsuyu (or baiyu), literally meaning “plum rain”, because it coincides with the season of plums ripening.The rainy season is caused by the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, which results in a relatively stable bad weather front over the Japanese archipelago for several weeks.In most of Japan, the rainy season lasts from the beginning of June to mid July, while it affects the islands of Okinawa about one month earlier. Only Japan’s northern most main island of Hokkaido gets barely affected by the rainy season.
The following table shows the average starting and ending dates of the rainy season for selected regions of Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency:
May 8-June 23
May 29- July 13
June 4- July 17
Kinki (incl. Osaka, Kyoto)
June 6- July 19
Kanto (incl. Tokyo)
June 8- July 20
June 12- July 27
During the rainy season it does not rain every day. In fact, Tokyo registers only an average of 12 rainy days in June, while 120 hours of sunshine are recorded. As for the amount of rainfall, it varies from days with intensive downpours to other days with occasional sprinkles.Nevertheless, the rainy season is not the most suitable season for visiting Japan.
Ok, Here it is. I despise Tsuyu. The thought of bacteria growing within moist conditions just freak me out a little. The rainy season in Japan took me off guard the first time I lived here for it feels nothing like the rain back home in BC. I am used to the coldness of the rain on my skin, soaking me right through to the bone wrapped in gortex. No. Here. The rain is hot and sticky. It is the kind of rain that makes you want to take a shower over and over again, cleansing yourself from the god-knows-what radiation has melted into its liquid center. The rainy season here always brings this caution:
Oh god. mold. I hate it. I remember the first time I discovered mold when experiencing my first rainy season in Okinawa. I lifted my futon that I accidently left on my tatami floor for a day to discover a colony of green specks covering the entire surface. I literally threw that futon off my balcony to my disgust. Ok. Maybe not that dramatic. I learned my lesson from then. I will not be beaten by bacteria.
Check 1: Always open the windows and doors to get circulation going whenever possible.
Check 2: never leave your futon on the floor. Always shake it out to allow it to breathe. (Can futons breathe?)
Check3: Never hang laundry indoors. ( Actually I do…no wonder I am smelling something fishy in my tatami room.)
Check 4: Place these little filters everywhere in the apartment that sucks up the dampness of the air. Miracle workers but can get costly.
Check 5: Be prepared. Never let your back down or those green suckers will get you.
Obsessive? Possibility. Just wait. Once the rain has lifted, then the unbearable UV filtered humidity and heat of Japanese summers will loom in. Get ready for the mosquitos, cicadas and mukades. Gotta love it all.