A byte of life from the Land of Sumos and Sushi

Friday, June 30, 2006

It’s come late this year, but the rainy season, or tsuyu has arrived. Lasting for about a month, it’s generally a season the Japanese don’t enjoy, but although I dislike the intense humidity that builds up at this time of year, I do have a deep appreciation for the rain.

The earthy smells, the moody grey skies, the feeling of quiet calm a day of rain brings. The sound of big tropical drops splashing down on the roof tops, the cosy feeling of being indoors during a storm, or the delights of walking outside whilst the warm rain batters your umbrella. Rain is one of the pleasures of life, but though I expect many would disagree, is it not better to embrace and enjoy it, rather than detest and avoid it?

I love how the elements can completely alter not only the scenery, but the feelings experienced by a human on any given day. From balmy summer evenings that evoke memories of beer gardens and barbeques, to the raging snow storms that assert nature’s authority over us, the weather shapes our emotions as well as our landscapes, and in an urban age when man moves ever further from the natural world, it reminds us that Earth still has some powers we cannot control.

5 Comments:

Blogger Caitlin said...

word.

Saturday, July 01, 2006 9:56:00 am

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny says....

Word indeed, sounds like you have been reading a few novels lately, I reckon you could turn that last paragraph into a poem and make millions (of yen)!

Monday, July 03, 2006 8:08:00 pm

 
Blogger magnus said...

beautiful evocative writing mate

Saturday, July 08, 2006 1:43:00 am

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danny Says...

Magnus Raybart Sinclair ... you still owe me a tenner you tight fisted pom!

Monday, July 10, 2006 9:44:00 pm

 
Blogger Benito Aramando said...

Danny, that's Magnus Westerman Sinclair....

Anyway I do agree, Sam. I was recently on a long hot train journey across Hungary when we passed through a brief shower, and the smell of summer rain on hot earth and foliage had me hanging my head out of the window like a dog from a car, trying to suck in as much of the aroma as possible while it lasted. But I even manage to somehow derive pleasure from being out in the rain on horrible wet, windy cold winter days - I think this is what a lifetime of holidays in North Wales can do for you!

Saturday, July 15, 2006 11:46:00 am

 

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