Rainy season in Japan

The Japanese rainy season usually starts in June and lasts for about a month. Let’s get ready to fight the rain!

2019-06-05   Life and Manners in Japan,




From Spring to Summer

Spring often considered the nicest season of the year in Japan, but soon after it will be the rainy season which will last for about a month. In Japan, the rainy season is called tsuyu. Tsuyu occurs in most regions of Japan except for Hokkaido and the Ogasawara Islands. Other Asian countries also experience tsuyu at around the same time and they are considered to be some of the rainiest climates in the world.
The word tsuyu, is written 梅雨, which literally means ‘Ume and Rain’, was brought from China, and it is said that the word is derived from the fact that Ume, or Japanese apricots, ripen during this season.

Different ways to call “rain” in Japan

Typically, Japan has lots of rainfall each year and to appreciate the blessed rain, we refer to them in many different ways. For example, tsuyu is also called samidare, literally meaning ‘rain in May’. There are also words such as otoko-dzuyu and onna-dzuyu which mean ‘man rain’ and ‘woman rain’. If it rained cats and dogs, it would be otoko-dzuyu, and if it was just a light rain, it would be called onna-zuyu. There is also a lot of different onomatopoeia to qualify the different kinds of rain. Potsu-potsu refers to the first drops of the rain, para-para is a light rain, and zaa-zaa is a strong rain.


Popular rain-related products that will cheer you up.

Dark clouds and rain often bring along dark moods and a sad atmosphere. During the tsuyu season, the gloomy, cloudy, and rainy days seem to last forever, but Japanese people love cute stuff so there are many cute rain related goods that will cheer you up!

First of all I recommend getting a pair of stylish rain boots! There are many different types of fashionable rain boots, heels and flats designed to match your outfit both casual and in the office.

rain boots

Another good idea is to get a poncho. It is very useful when you take your dog for a walk outside or go shopping by bicycle. If you choose to go to Disneyland during tsuyu, there are also adorable Disney characters ponchos waiting for you!

Lastly, don’t forget your umbrella! They’re not only good for rain, but they can also protect you from harmful UV rays. Take care of your skin and don’t get wet!


Let’s find a variety of fun rain related goods and enjoy the rainy season in Japan!

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