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June in Japan sees the start of 梅雨 (tsuyuu) or “rainy season” as it’s come to have been known in English. If you ask the locals, June is the last month that they would recommend to visit. After starting in the middle of June, the rainy season lasts about six weeks and believe us, it is truly painful.
We actually were starting to think that we had avoided it by some miracle this year as June has been very dry so far. However, sadly we were mistaken when the rain and humidity came to Nagoya this week!
The only place to escape is the northern most prefecture of Hokkaido where temperatures remain in the mid-20Cs throughout the summer.
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:
|Okinawa||May 8||June 23|
|Southern Kyushu||May 29||July 13|
|Shikoku||June 4||July 17|
|Kansai (incl. Kyoto)||June 6||July 19|
|Kanto (incl. Tokyo)||June 8||July 20|
|Northern Tohoku||June 12||July 27|
The rainy season in Japan is is caused by the collision of northern and southern air systems and produces, surprisingly, a lot of rain. The problem for us humans is the humidity at this time of year – you cannot leave your house without dripping almost instantly. A truly tough six weeks.
It doesn’t actually rain every day during rainy season, with Tokyo registering around an average of 12 rainy days in June – that said we did just say it starts in the middle of that month! Let’s just say it’s not the best time of the year so がんばります! (Try your best!).
Just a quick post to say thanks for your continued support with Taste Japan. We are in our third year now and still enjoying sourcing delicious Japanese snacks to send to you guys who are dotted around the world.
We are sending boxes all over the place – mainly to the UK & Ireland, USA and Canada, but honourable mentions go to the Scandinavian countries, Chile, France, New Zealand, South Africa, etc.
Some of you guys have been with us from the start and new subscribers joining all the time – we’d just like to say thanks!
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Thank you and please keep enjoying your tasty treats from the Land of the Rising Sun!
Here’s this months information for the snacks included in our bumper box of goodies from the land of the rising sun. Crack open, sit back, relax and read on!
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Apologies for the delay in getting this one uploaded – we had a rather busy golden week here!
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Malc & Rich
Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day to you or I is a traditional annual event that takes place as part of Golden Week on May 5th. The idea of this public holiday is to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness – it is a much loved event in Japan and everyone gets involved.
Before the big day thousands of families across Japan raise carp-shaped koinobori flags in their gardens or from there balconies – one for each child in the family.
In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, as it is believed that they can overcome all obstacles they face when swimming upstream. Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto – a type of helmet are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery in children.
It is a wonderful time of the year and a busy time for photography studios. Many families go to the studios, have their kids put on the warrior clothes and get professional snaps taken. And of course, this is an excuse to feast on traditional Japanese sweets like mochi – because…. why not!
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