つゆ【梅雨, 黴雨】


■ the period of extended rain, cloudiness, and high humidity that affects most of Japan during June and early July. つゆ typically begins around June 10 and lasts until early July, though there is much variation depending on the year and the location. While the precipitation is sometimes heavy, the rain during this rainy season is more typically a light, persistent drizzle. Hokkaido is usually not affected by つゆ, although parts of China and the Korean peninsula are. In addition to the season, the word つゆ can also refer to the rain itself.

梅雨 is also read ばいう.

つゆの季節の憂鬱(ゆううつ)
a feeling of depression or melancholy during the rainy season

旅人の如くに汚れ梅雨の蝶
たびびとの ごとくによごれ つゆのちょう
Dirty like a traveller: a butterfly in the rainy season. (haiku by 上野泰)

9月のなかごろから10月のはじめにかけては、梅雨(つゆ)ににた、雨がふりつづける時期があり、秋雨(あきさめ)、または「秋りん」とよんでいます。(Web, May 2000)

An advertisement for rain gear that appeared on the back cover of the magazine 改造 in June 1931.


This entry was created by Tom Gally.


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