The Japanese have over 50 – FIFTY – 50 words for rain. Today I am using one of my favorites: kisame 樹雨. This is the rain that drips from the tips of tree branches. I have used the traditional haiku for this.

summer passing – tree
branches weep rain tears
lost in pond below

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28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annell4
    May 09, 2018 @ 15:59:52

    Oh…so beautiful!


  2. annell4
    May 09, 2018 @ 16:00:21

    I haven’t written about water yet, but I plan to.


  3. merrildsmith
    May 09, 2018 @ 16:08:03

    I love that there’s a word for the “rain that drips from the tips of tree branches.” Lovely haiku.


  4. qbit
    May 09, 2018 @ 16:11:01



  5. The Transcanada Poet
    May 09, 2018 @ 16:43:44

    you gave a a great sense of water with this… and I learned something new… 🙂


  6. hypercryptical
    May 09, 2018 @ 17:54:18

    How wonderful that the Japanese have more than fifty words for rain – the language must be pure poetry.
    Love your words too – there is a sadness to them.
    Anna :o]


  7. Susan
    May 09, 2018 @ 17:59:43

    Pretty, though lost. They gave beauty to life.


  8. Sherry Marr
    May 09, 2018 @ 19:15:07

    So perfectly beautiful, Toni.


  9. mhmp77
    May 09, 2018 @ 20:41:09


    branches weep rain tears
    lost in pond below

    Important commodity but not given prominence it really deserves!



  10. Rall
    May 09, 2018 @ 21:14:35

    A lovely serenity in this one.


  11. oldegg
    May 09, 2018 @ 22:33:14

    There is so much beauty in this world that is unnoticed by so many. I must applaud the Japanese for seeing the need to identify the various aspects of rain (and many other things I expect).


  12. Sumana Roy
    May 10, 2018 @ 01:08:55

    Learnt something new today. Thank you Toni for this magical Haiku. Here in India it’s so hot that Kisame seems to be a dream object right now. Yet I am dreaming.


  13. Clowie
    May 10, 2018 @ 05:15:52

    I love that there are so many words for rain. It makes the rain that drips from branches sound magical. I would love to know the word for the type of rain that is so soft that it’s like walking in a cloud and you hardly notice that you’re getting wet.


    • kanzensakura
      May 14, 2018 @ 16:37:20

      Hello Clowie. 💟 I have been researching this for you as I do not believe there is a word for that in Japanese. Japan is a very rainy place and you most definitely get wet and know it! I emailed a friend in Hakone to see if he knew. Hakone is in the mountains of Japan. Volcanic mountains with hot springs and mist. My friend Hiroyuki . His name means peaceful snow. He finally replied to me that there is no such word in Japanese. However he gave me some words that may work for yo u. Kiri is fog. Koi kiri is thick dense fod, the kind that will get you we walking around in. But you will know it! Misuto, Kashmir are words for thick but not rainy mist. I wish I could help you more dear friend. This past weekend was hard for me as it was Mother’s Day in the US. My mom died last June so this was the first Mother’s Day without her. Take care of yourself and stay dry! Oh yes, the Japanese word for cloud is kumo. There are many low clouds in the mountains of Japan. Hugs and love to you


      • Clowie
        May 15, 2018 @ 06:31:17

        Thank you for taking so much trouble for me. You have given me some fascinating words that I’ve made a note of. Maybe this type of rain only happens in some places which makes it all the more special. I think I will use kumo for it.

        Special days are hard when we’ve lost someone we love. I can’t find any words that will give comfort, but I will send a big fluffy hug to you.


  14. Laura Bloomsbury
    May 10, 2018 @ 05:26:09

    an inspirational sounding word that rained down on your haiku – a suitably tearful ending – I like it when you give us Japanese word prompts – they encapsulate the evocative so well


  15. sreeja Harikrishnan
    May 10, 2018 @ 09:22:30

    Such a lovely image!!


  16. magicalmysticalteacher
    May 10, 2018 @ 12:01:43

    A pond gently salted with tears…


  17. Victoria C. Slotto
    May 11, 2018 @ 14:26:10

    I am in awe of the whole concept of so many ways to consider rain…and you have captured this one so beautifully.


    • kanzensakura
      May 11, 2018 @ 14:44:21

      Thank you. At least 50 that I know of, probably more. This is the same rain that has fallen since the beginning of time but…we think of rain as rain…or light, or torrential. But the Japanese? well, that’s another tale!


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