The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to rain. Japan's annual rainfall is about twice the global average. Japanese people are sensitive to minute variations in rain, and it's said that there are some 400 Japanese expressions about rain. Join poet, literary translator and long-time Japan resident Peter MacMillan and explore unique words and the culture behind them.
Peter MacMillan guides you to the magical world of the Japanese language
"ame" rain
"za za" the sound of heavy rain
"yuudachi" sudden evening shower