New month begins… rain brings beautiful changes in nature.
Believe or not, it is June 1st today. It is already the beginning-month of the half way of 2007!! At the end of March to early April, there are beautiful sakura that decorate leaves in many different kinds of pink. May is the month when all those pink flowers change into rich green leaves. June… the leaves deepen the greenness and there is new season of Japan, tsuyu/rainy season begins.
Some southern parts of Japan have already entered tsuyu; Tokyo has yet entered the season. However, last night heavy rain already reminded us all that thetsuyu season is about to begin. I bet many people would be rather annoyed with such heavy rainfall like last night that wet everyone’s clothes even having umbrellas; tsuyu season is also very beautiful and necessary for the agriculture and forestry of Japan.
Walking around my town today, I saw new lives coming out that are particular to this season. Earthworms are walking on the still wet road. Dokudami flowers flourish beautiful white flowers despite its rather strong smell. Don’t forget! This is also the time when mosquitoes start to annoy our peaceful lives with irritating sounds they make!!! Be ready to set akatorisenkou (A traditional Japanese item used to kill mosquitoes with the smoke that is created from the rounded green thing in the last pic.)