Tara Kamiya


kids in raincoats
Rainy Days, Muddy Ways

Unless you are from Seattle, rainy season in Japan can be a downer. It is my third time this year and since I know it’s coming it seems to be more of a pain. I have developed some activities to keep me busy if the day does not provide that I go out. With a 2 month old a rainy day is not appealing so here is what I plan to do.

Top 5 ways to spend rainy season in Japan

5. Purge. Excellent time to clean out those closets of junk you do not wear or can’t wear. Excellent time to throw away garbage that has been sitting in storage or the garage. Excellent time to go through the house and sift out the broken stuff that needs to be thrown out or fixed.

4.Shop. I know this is somewhat contradictory but let me explain. Often we end up looking for items in the stores as we need them as opposed to when they are available. During rainy season and early summer you can find a good assortment of rain gear and summer fun items that you may want to use in the winter months. Pool noodles are a great example. Some people use them as props or preschool items. Just check pinterest and you will be amazed at what you can do with that pool noodle. But you probably should stock up now while they are in the stores.

3.Study. Read, Read, Read. I am going to the city to check out the Nagoya International Center. Word has it that they have books in English and I am dying to read a real book. This is a great time to set up the living room like a camp site on the weekends and the whole family just lump around reading, talking, eating snacks and drinking tea.

2.Sleep. Make this a staycation month. Usually there is pressure to do this or that, attend this or that. Take this month to recharge. It is….after all, the half-year mark and rather than bog yourself down with obligations, stay home and sleep. No classes, no parties, no volunteering. Just do you! Rest and recharge, meditate, listen to some good soulful music that will recharge you and get you ready for the countdown to the holidays which seems to start earlier and earlier every year.

And my #1………..


1.Create! This is an awesome time to do your crafting or to start a new hobby that would be perfect indoors. I am going to resolve to crochet up the rest of my yarn this year and not repurchase until it is all gone.

So that’s it. Please let me know if you have other ideas.

Have a great day!

5 thoughts on “Rainy Season in Japan, my top 5 suggestions

  1. I think all of your ideas are great ones. When you accomplish all these while taking care of three children and running a houseshold all at the same time, I would say “Well Done, Tara”! That’s a lot on your plate and will be a big accomplishment. I hope I can take the lead from you and do some of what you’re doing. And, by the way, your boys are looking very big and grown-up.

  2. And just like your picture put the rain gear on and have a walk under the rain the temperature is lower and it is fun for kids 🙂

    When I stay home mu daughter trashes the house more work for me haha

  3. haha! I know…..sometimes I am too ambitious. The most important thing is to be happy and healthy. You be well also.
    Thank you so much for reading.

  4. LOL! The food here has basically no calories. I cannot get Western Food unless I order it online. I have not had cheese in months. I was a gym rat back in America, but nothing compares to the lack of rich foods that I would be eating. Even if you can find them they are expensive.

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