June, 2003 

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Tsuyu is here.
\After the rain\

A song of love is a sad song.
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-lo.

A song of love is a song of woe,
Don't ask me how I know.

A song of love is a sad song,
For I have loved and it's so,

I sit at the window and watch the rain
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-lo.

Tomorrow I'll probably love again
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-lo.

June is the rainy season in Japan.
June is also called "Minazuki", which means "Month of no water".
"No water?" Yes, the month of no water. Because down here, to the earth, God sends as much water as possible to grow rice, and He Himself has No water left in the Heaven.
So we must thank for the blessing of rain.
In the rice fields, farmers are busy planting young rice shoots. These water fields are so beautiful. It is Japan itself.

This month, I would like you to see Tsuyu (rainy season) of Japan.

Ta = water field

Mino & Kasa
Mino=straw rain-coat
Paper Umbrella
Geta for rainy days
Rice fields on the hillside
Rain frog on Iris
Fireflies are active.
Dew-drop grass
Water-wheels are lifting water from the stream into rice fields
Magnolia grandiflora as big as child's head
Rainbow over Yoyokaku Garden
Photo by Mr. Misao Komatsu, our guest.
March, 2003

I don't know how but I have long memorized a wrong verse of Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.
I was singing like this.

I sit at the window and watch the rain,
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-lo,
Tomorrow I'll probably have a rainbow,
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.

This mistaken song has always encouraged me in my rainy days.

I like rain, gentle or heavy, as long as it doesn't cause flood.
In the humid air, I feel I can breathe more easily.
It might be so because I was born in June.
I wish ME a happy birthday, and I wish YOU a rainbow after your rainy days!

Bye !

Thank you very much for visiting this page.
I hope you will return next month.
Yours, Harumi Okochi

Proprietress of Ryokan Yoyokaku

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