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Teru Teru Bozu and the rain will stop :D

In Japan rainy season or Tsuyu(梅雨) as they call it starts from 1st of June till the end of the month. During this time, it rains almost every day and the weather is very humid and hot. I never experienced it before in my life, to have a whole month of the rain. Coming from Albania where most of the days are sunny, for sure this looked quite pessimistic.


I remember two years ago when the rainy season started I was canceling all my meetings and appointments. It just didn't feel right to go out in the rain, considering that Tokyo is very big and I need to walk a lot, not easy! With time passing and having more Japanese friends I understood that so many people dislike the rainy season. Many complaints about having bad hair and others complain about their laundry which never gets dry...


They also have this cute little thing called "Teru Teru Bozu" which is a white doll hanged outside in hope for sunny weather. Teru means shiny and Bozu 坊主 refers to a Buddhist priest , literally these two kanjis mean Shine, Shine Preist).



This tradition is very popular especially among children who are introduced with this cute dolls in their kindergartens. There are some legends about the doll`s origin but the most well-known is the tale of a monk who promised to stop the rain but he couldn't. Therefore the emperor cut his head for lying. The people in the village wrapped his head with a white cloth and hung it up for good weather the next day.


For sure, this is a dark tale and many of you(including me )get shocked,however, Teru Teru Bozu is very popular among the people here. During rainy days often kids create a "Teru Teru Bozu" doll and hang it outside their window , in hope for a sunny day.


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