It's raining in Southern Japan today.
One of the things I like about the rain in Japan is the smell of the air, and the type of rainfall. The air becomes much more dense with humidity and fog, and carries with it a clean smell that's devoid of pollution. The rainfall is consistent and very relaxing.
Reiko and I travelled south to Toyohashi (about 50 km south of Nagoya) early this morning, and the view from the train was pretty spectacular. People were coming and going, kids were on their way to school, people were running for the train, and in all this activity there was an order. This order has to be one of my favourite aspects of Japan.
On the way back, the train was less full as most people were still at work. The rain had started while Reiko and I were busy with appointments in Toyohashi, and the sound it made while hitting the roof was so relaxing that both Reiko and I fell asleep for most of the trip. All in all, I think that the nap with Reiko was the best rest I've had in the last four months. It's a shame the train ride wasn't longer :P
Later today I'll be meeting some of Reiko's students, as well as some more of her co-workers. Perhaps we'll all go out for dinner afterwards. If we do, I'll be sure to post the pictures.
Anyways, I think I need another short nap. I'll update this entry later, since I don't think it makes much sense.