Here comes the Rain again

How can we easily sum up the Weather conditions around these parts most recently?

Well.....in a word-

CRAZYMADNESS! (wait a sec...is that 2 words?)

In a normal year Rainy Season generally starts somewhere near the end of July and generally ends in the middle of August, indeed many older K-Towners consider Parade Day for Gion Matsuri (Aug. 17th) to be the Official finish to the Rains and fully expect this to be so ordained.
This year, however, the Gods of Weather have thrown us one wicked breaking ball after another and, as of this typing, it poured yesterday, threatens to do so again today and very well may start up again tomorrow then continue throughout the weekend.

The results?
Well apart from the gloomy dispositions that match the endless grey skies the Kamogawa is a decent example of this year's meteorological mayhem.

The Kamo River that splits the City in two is about ankle to knee-deep in most places and the natural North-to-South flow of its waters is about as gentle as the tap in your bath which, for most of the Summer months, makes it an ideal spot for frolicking picnicers and their offspring as the shorties can easily bounce around in the water quite safely and cooly with little fear or danger to bruise the mood.

But it's been raining for quite some time now and when that happens the River rears up on its hind legs and starts growling.

This is Sanjo/Ohashi where on weekends youngsters gather in drunken hordes to blow off steam and girl hunt around for that special someone (or at least that special someone tonight)while basking in the River's chill blissfulness.
Occasionally the overserved may wade into the water and splash around just for relief as this is a very simple accomplishment normally even when somewhat inebriated.....I'm told. Ahem!

As you can see you'd be gambling with your Life even attempting to get your toes wet around now, I mean unless you're a Sumo Wrestler with fire hydrants strapped to your ankles so steer clear and stay safe!

Along with this inordinate amount of precipitation I should also mention that last Weds. (in case you missed it) The God of Death and Pestilence rode across the midday sky and completely obliterated the Sun for some minutes treating us all to a chilling daytime darkness that amply and awesomely demonstrated his power and Dominion over us mere mortals.

(I managed to heroically sleep through the cataclysmic Event because, you know.......I figure I'll get a chance to meet Him personally soon enough so why ruin a good nights slumber.)

Global Warming- Get it while it's Hot!

posted by Billy at 16:24 | Kyoto (Japan)