Rain, rain, go away….

29 May

It was raining in Tokyo yesterday and today, and it’s forecast to rain tomorrow too.

Tokyo's weather forecast for 30 May - 5 June 2009.

Tokyo's weather forecast for 30 May - 5 June 2009.

I don’t like rainy weather…but it only really bothers me when I have plans that depend on good weather.
And I have such plans tomorrow.

Tomorrow is my youngest two daughters’ 運動会 (“Sports Day event“) at their 中学校 (Junior High School)…unless it rains.

If tomorrow is a rainy day, then my youngest two daughters’ 運動会 (“Sports Day event“) will be postponed to next Thursday and I won’t be able to attend. 😦

Japanese children have school 運動会 (“Sports Day events“) every year from kindergarten to high school.
In kindergarten, the events consist mainly of easy races, games and dances…as the kids get older, the events become more competitive.
It’s a fun day.

I hope the weather is nice tomorrow.

So, to wish for nice weather, I will “hang” a てるてる坊主 (“Teru-teru-bouzu“) on my site:

てるてる坊主

てるてる坊主

What should I call 「てるてる坊主」 (“Teru-teru-bouzu“) in English?
Fair Weather Monk“? “Nice Weather Baldy“?
I guess a literal translation is strange. I’d call him “Fair Weather Charm” in English.

A real てるてる坊主 (“Fair Weather Charm“) is made of tissue or cotton and hung outside the home by Japanese people to hope for nice weather when an event is coming up that depends on nice weather.

And just like there’s a rhyme about rainy weather in English that goes: “Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day…“.
In Japan, children sing:

てるてる坊主、てる坊主、明日天気にしておくれ

Which means: “Fair weather charm, fair weather charm, please make tomorrow’s weather nice!”

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13 Responses to “Rain, rain, go away….”

  1. cuteandcurls June 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Oh summer where you are would be absolutely hot for sure although ive not experienced it before ^_^ but I am guessing its pretty much the same like in China. I was there in July and the heat there is excruciating ..no breeze at all and I was practically sweating and its too humid. So im guessing its the same over in Japan during the summer.

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    • tokyo5 June 3, 2009 at 2:09 am #

      Yes, Summer in Japan is hot and humid!

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  2. tokyo5 May 31, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    On Naokoさん’s blog, you can see lovely Fair Weather Charms that her daughter made.

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  3. cuteandcurls May 31, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Awwwww every moments captured are now archived in your home video library, thats just beautiful ..well i think it is. Something for them to look at and well in some way shudder too when they see how they looked or act at their age ..i know i did when i saw some of my photos when I was in my teens ..oh the fashion faux pas i have committed.
    Yep! I heard the newer ones introduced are the HDD..whatever next will be introduced.

    Its 33 degrees here in Kuala Lumpur and its hazy!

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    • tokyo5 May 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

      Our home videos are more for my wife and my memories.

      Is it already 33°C there? How high does the temperature get in summer there?

      In Tokyo, winter usually gets down to about 4°C and up to 37°C in summer.

      As I said, it’s still late-spring now and the temperature is a comfortable 21°C today.

      (For Americans reading this, 33°C = 91.4°F, 4°C = 39.2°F, 37°C = 98.6°F, 21°C = 69.8°F)

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      • cuteandcurls June 2, 2009 at 12:03 am #

        It can reach to 34-36 ..today the haze is getting thicker ..it rained in the afternoon but it didnt help cool down the atmosphere.

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      • tokyo5 June 2, 2009 at 12:11 am #

        >It can reach to 34-36°C ..

        So maybe Tokyo summers are hotter! Because it can get up to 37°C with alot of humidity here…but not until July / August.

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  4. cuteandcurls May 30, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Hope its a sunny day for you & family today. I could do with a bit of rain..its very warm and too hot. Isn’t there a charm for calling upon the rain?

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    • tokyo5 May 30, 2009 at 10:19 am #

      >Hope its a sunny day for you & family today.

      Thanks. But it’s not. 😦
      My daughters’ Sports Day event has been postponed until Thursday.

      I won’t be able to attend it. My wife will videotape* it and I’ll watch it at home.
      (* I still say “videotape 😉 )

      >Isn’t there a charm for calling upon the rain?

      If you hope for rain, you should hang the Teru-Teru-Bozu upside-down.

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      • cuteandcurls May 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

        Such a shame to have it postponed but hey if its videotaped at least you get to see it still, isnt it ? 😉 @ videotape ..how do we say it now that the age of video is slowly dying away? Pretty hot & warm here tho ..and I couldnt bear going out in this dreadful heat.

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      • tokyo5 May 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

        >Such a shame to have it postponed but hey if its videotaped at least you get to see it still, isnt it ?

        Yes, thank god for home-video cameras!
        My children’s lives are archived on my home-video library!

        >how do we say it now that the age of video is slowly dying away?

        My handy-cam uses “mini-DVDs” now…but I guess even those are old-fashioned already! The newer ones use HDD, don’t they?

        >I couldnt bear going out in this dreadful heat.

        What’s the temperature there?
        It’s 21°C in Tokyo now. Comfortable.

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  5. sixmats May 30, 2009 at 6:00 am #

    There’s not much you can do in rainy season. It’s even raining in Sendai today and our rainy season isn’t supposed to start for a few more days.

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    • tokyo5 May 30, 2009 at 10:15 am #

      Nothing except hope. But it didn’t work…it’s a rainy day today in Tokyo. 😦

      My daughters’ 運動会 has been postponed.

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