Nihongo no Kokoro Part 123

Yarazu no Ame


Looks like the rainy season is upon us again. Do people in Malaysia like the rain? I find it rather inconvenient, especially when there’s something I need to do outside. When it rains here in Malaysia, it pours. If you’re caught out in the open in it even for a few seconds, you end up soaked so I don’t imagine many people being big fans of it.

The phrase I’d like to introduce to you this time is, “yarazu no ame.” It’s the rain that starts pouring just as someone is about to leave for home, as though to trap them where they are. “Yarazu” here means ‘to prevent from going home’.

Being trapped by yarazu no ame when you have somewhere else you need to be is terribly inconvenient but having a reason to stay at one place longer isn’t a bad thing either. With society being as busy as it is, it’s probably a good thing, even, for us to relearn how to stop to smell the roses once in a while.