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2009-10-13 Rainy Days

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Students of Rikkyo keeping dry from the rain

As an Oregonian, I know that even if there is not a cloud in the sky, I should be prepared for rain. I almost always left my house with at least a sweater, but in the fall and winter months, I always wore my ugly, yellow rain jacket. And as a true Oregonian, I never used an umbrella. I just stuck with my ugly, yellow jacket. However, after coming to Japan, the one thing that I have noticed is that everyone has an umbrella. There are big ones, small ones, colorful ones, and the more common, clear umbrellas. What I found to be very interesting was that even if it was a very VERY light sprinkle, everyones umbrella would go up. My first experience of Japanese rain was during the typhoon that occurred in the summer before I started school. It started off very lightly, so I did not worry about it too much, but then it began to rain like nobodys business. And then I did something that I never thought that I would do: I bought an umbrella. Even though it was hard for me to buy an umbrella, it has proved to be very useful. Just last Wednesday, I received an email from the school saying that Rikkyo classes were going to be canceled for the typhoon that was going to be passing through on Thursday. Because of this news, my friends and I decided to go out to karaoke to celebrate. When we left at 1 am, it was pouring rain hardcore. I finally had a good reason to use my umbrella! Even though it kept my top half dry, my pants were soaked. But I was just so excited that it was raining so hard. It was just like being back home. Tiffany Ross

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