Grab an Umbrella!


Rainy season
Sea of umbrellas in Harajuku

Either grab your umbrella, or jump under someone else’s, because the rains are here! After a HOT and HUMID couple of weeks, the rainy season officially started yesterday (June 5). And by the looks of it, we won’t be seeing the sun for a loooong time. The wet season lasts for a month or so, and although it technically isn’t supposed to rain every day, the current forecast says otherwise…

Rainy season
Yahoo Tokyo forecast Friday~Wednesday

One thing synonymous with the rainy season in Japan are hydrangea flowers. They bloom around June and have no problem toughing it out against the winds and rains. Their beautiful shades of blue, purple, and pink give colour to an otherwise grey and gloomy world. I think this is why they’re so popular here. Although, the Japanese go crazy over any and every flower really! If you’re in the country now, you’ll see many ajisai matsuri (hydrangea festivals) wherever you go!

Hydrangea Hydrangea Hydrangea Hydrangea

8 thoughts on “Grab an Umbrella!

    1. Thanks! I’m not sure… maybe it’s the same as with cherry blossoms – sometimes, when a tree with white flowers is next to one with pink flowers, they somehow cross-pollinate and end up producing both pink and white flowers.


  1. 虹(にじ)のように 美しいアジサイの花をみせてくれて、ありがとう。
    街路(がいろ)を色どる カラフルな雨傘(あまがさ)の波(なみ)も 梅雨(つゆ)のシンボルですね。
    蒸し暑い(むしあつい)夏が来る前に、虹を見ながら 雨模様を たのしんでください。 


  2. Although this is an older post I am just viewing it for the first time. Very nice photos. Love the detail of the hydrangea – one of my favorites – and the umbrella photo was an interesting composition. Looking forward to seeing more.


    1. It’s always hectic in the rainy season with umbrellas poking eyes and other people’s umbrellas dripping water on you despite your best efforts to stay dry!

      Thanks for taking the time to scroll through a few older posts!

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