Are you ready for rainy season?! Rainy season in Japan, or tsuyu, last for a few weeks from around the beginning of June until mid July. This doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop every day, but there are more rainy days during this period than there are the rest of the year. This is also when you start to really notice how humid it is in Japan. If you have not experienced rainy season in Japan before, it can be an uncomfortable few weeks. Here are a few tips to help make rainy season slightly less uncomfortable.
Five tips to survive rainy season in Japan
Buy an umbrella
Yeah, yeah. I know. It’s too obvious, but I wanted to mention it anyway. For some reason I didn’t use an umbrella so often in Canada. Maybe because I would drive and didn’t need to walk outside a lot. Or maybe we had a lot of light mists rather than heavy rain, so an umbrella wasn’t necessary. In Japan, you need to walk outside a lot, so you will want to shield yourself from the fatty raindrops. Genius.
Wear rain boots
I grew up on a farm, so to me rubber rain boots were simply farm boots. They were meant to get covered in mud and animal poop. Not something fashionable that you wear around town. It was a bit strange for me to come to Japan and see city-folk wearing what I always considered were farm work boots. I do have some now, but I don’t wear them that often. They are dark blue with white polkadots. How cute.
Use the “dry” setting on your air conditioner
When it is raining outside, it can be hard to find time to hang your laundry (not many people have driers). Buy an indoor drying rack and set your air conditioner to the dry setting, or joushitsu. This will help them dry inside and not get mildewy. Though if you do get a sunny day, it’s best to let laundry dry outside. Also, take your clothes out of the washer right away – don’t let them sit or they will get gross and stinky. Then you have to wash them again, and that’s annoying.
Keep the air moving
Along those same lines, you should leave a window open when you can. If it’s a breezy day, let the wind blow through your house. This also prevents the air from stagnating and getting gross. I think. You might want to buy a fan around this time of year, or else pull yours out of the closet. Trust me, you’ll need it. Either now, in the next two months.
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Don’t leave food out
After you’ve made some yummy food, put the leftovers in the fridge. Maybe this only applies to me… I tend to leave things out overnight in the winter because it’s already cold like a refrigerator. But in the summer things will go bad really quickly, obviously. Mold grows quickly in Japan.
Since a lot of people will likely be hiding from the rain either at home or in a public place, tourist attraction will be less busy. You can visit a temple or garden, avoid the crowds, and practice your rain photography. Plus, visiting a temple or garden during the rain gives it a pretty, shiny, and unique look. I took my own advice and went to Nagoya Castle to practice my rain photography, and it was great. There were hardly any people, and I got some great shots. Score.
Final thoughts on rainy season in Japan
There are a lot of other ways to survive rainy season in Japan. A lot of them overlap with Japanese summers, since they are about dealing with the heat and humidity. But with a bit of mental preparation and know-how, you should be able to be slightly less uncomfortable during rainy season in Japan.
How do you deal with rainy season in Japan or your own country? Do you have any other advice that I missed? Let me know in the comment section below!
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