Saturday, 15 June 2013

Rainy Season (Tsuyu)

 In early summer, most parts of Japan face the rainy season called Tsuyu (or Baiyu). The Tsuyu literally means "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 mass, 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 middle of July while it affects the islands of Okinawa about one month earlier. Only northern island of Hokkaido gets barely affected by the rainy season.
 If you have any plans to go out for following month, the bellow table shows the approximate schedule of starting and ending dates of the rainy season for each region in Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

【Region】                  【Start】 【End】
Okinawa..                     May 8     June 23
Southern Kyushu..             M ay 29   July 13
Shikoku..                     June 4    July 17
Kinki (incl. Osaka, Kyoto)..  June 6    July 19
Kanto (incl. Tokyo)..         June 8    July 20
Northern Tohoku..             June 12   July 27
It is also nice to enjoy Tsuyu, as it is one of the beautiful Japanese scenery.

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