Saturday, 1 June 2013

Rainy Season in Fukuoka

The so called “plum rain” is the rainy season here in Japan, which begins around June and July every year. The first rain starts falling in Okinawa and makes it way north till it reaches Hokkaido, where there is not much left of it.

The rain plays an important part for the growth of rice plants and and plums and is highly expected by farmers, although most Japanese people dislike this part of the year and call it even “the fifth season”. In Fukuoka, the amount of rainfall can come up to 260mm per month in June or July.

The high humidity in the air during this season encourages the formation of mold and rot not only on food but on fabrics as well.

Since you might want to come to visit Fukuoka in summer, we highly recommend you not to bring shoes that leak to water, because once it starts raining, it doesn’t stop soon and Fukuoka turns into one big whole puddle.

Even umbrellas can help you only avoid the worst. But the best would be to wear easily drying cloths, especially Flip-Flops, or something similar.

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