Cover Photo: Photograph by Launde Morel/Unsplash
Photograph by Launde Morel/Unsplash

Summer in Tokyo: Rain Women, Cicadas, and Visits from the Dead

One reason I fell in love with Japan is the way each season is embraced and celebrated. Living here has changed my view of them—and of myself.

This is , a monthly column in which Ann Tashi Slater writes about culture, society, and day-to-day life in Japan.

Of course it’s hot—it’s summerting


 (translated by Donald Keene)

A longtime resident of Tokyo, Ann Tashi Slater teaches at a Japanese university. Her work has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, Granta, and the Huffington Post, among others.