This is a word that has been appearing on my Twitter timeline quite a lot recently, because at the moment it’s the rainy season 梅雨 in Japan. tsuyu season usually starts in early summer, so beginning of June, to about mid July. Although in Okinawa it tends to start about a month earlier. The only place that doesn’t seem to be affected by the rainy season is Hokkaido. So I guess if you’re planning a trip to Japan during this period, Hokkaido would be the perfect place to visit.
The word tsuyu is made up of two kanjis: 梅 tsu, meaning ume (plum), and 雨 ame (rain). Now the kanji for rain in this word makes complete sense…but plum?? Well the reason for that is because this is also the season plums ripen. There’s always logic in the kanji isn’t there 😉