Send out the clouds: Leading meteorologists are declaring now that the rainy season has ended in Okinawa. That’s nice. In the past few weeks, if not forever, we’ve had buckets of warm, splashy, mold-inducing rain. The bottom photo offers a glimpse.
I shot the blue-sky overlook of the University of the Ryukyus campus from the fourth floor of my academic building, one of a cluster of general education halls. The light-colored building on the far right is part of our group.
The structures at left are used by other departments in the School of Law & Letters. The white building with red roof in back is a nice conference center. Next to it, center-right, is the administration building where I have yet to stroll. The darker building on the right is the library.
This week, our air has been brilliantly clear and, of course, sharply hotter. We see blue again above us. Last night, we saw stars. Been awhile for them. They’ve been ditching class. See more weather photos in the next blog post.
Each year, a set of boat races occurs in the southern port city of Itoman to mark the expected end of the rainy season and to offer prayers for safety and big harvests for the local fishermen. Click here for more on this. This year, bingo. The races fell on the first sunny day. Remarkable.
This is still typhoon season, of course, and it is the sub-tropics. But for the past three days, at least, the windshield wipers have taken a rest and the apartment balconies are blooming with clothes, blankets and floor mattresses hanging out to absorb sunlight.