Surviving the Rainy Season
After the warm, sunny days of spring comes the humid, rainy days of Tsuyu, or the rainy season. Rainy season starts in June and usually ends in mid-July in Yamaguchi. It doesn’t rain everyday during rainy season, but weather is hard to predict and it seems like you are sweating every minute, every second of the day.
Here are some tips for surviving the rainy season:
● Carry a foldable umbrella in your bag. You never know when it may rain during rainy season. It’s best to always be prepared.
● Keep a change of clothes at work. A change of clothes is nice to have when there’s a downpour and that umbrella just couldn’t protect you.
● Put your important belongings such as your wallet and cell phone in a plastic bag.
● Learn which roads flood less than others.
● If you bike, have a large plastic bag to cover your bike basket and belongings.
● Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing made from natural fabrics such as cotton and linen.
● Your room can get moldy during rainy season； buy dehumidifier containers that absorb the moisture out of the air at drug stores.
● Eliminate moldy, bad smells from your laundry by buying detergent that says “Heya-boshi” (indoor-drying).
● Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
● Carry a towel and/or wet wipes with you.
● Japan offers many cold dishes, such as zaru-soba and hiyashi-chuuka for those days you don’t have an appetite.