Tips for Spending the Rainy Season Comfortably

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Kurooto B.
Translator: Juri A.

Hello, everyone. The weather has been so unstable that it starts to rain and clear up even during the day. Are you living comfortably? People recognize there are 4 seasons in Japan in general. However, did you know there was a concealed season “Tsuyu(梅雨)” from the end of spring to the beginning of summer? Tsuyu is just around the corner. It is getting time for you to enjoy the Japanese humid and gloomy weather, which is peculiar to this season. When this season approaches the end, then  Japanese summer starts off finally.  Until then, don’t you want to spend a humid and cloudy rainy season more comfortably even if it is only slightly? Some people who support it positively might say “Thanks for a rainy season to moisturize my throat!”, but this is an extremely minor case. I, the author of this article, had an interview with someone who has lived in Japan for a long time to have some tips for living a more comfortable life during Tsuyu in Japan. Therefore, I share some tips from them in this article.

In the first place, what season is Tsuyu like? Japan meteorological agency’s website gave specific information and definition of Tsuyu, so let’s go look at the truth about Tsuyu. “Tsuyu is a seasonal atmosphere that frequently emerges from clouds and rain during the season changing from spring to summer.”    『梅雨(つゆ)は春から盛夏への季節が移り変わる時期に雨や曇りの日が多く現れる季節現象です。』

(Reference) 高松地方気象台 梅雨 2022/05/27 15:33時点 The rainy season appearantly begins from about the end of May to the middle of June in all the prefectures except for Okinawa. There will be heavy rain as soon as the rainy season starts, so an umbrella and rain gear are likely to become your daily necessities to bring with.

(Reference) 2022年「梅雨入り予想」九州は梅雨入り早々大雨 6月には四国・本州も雨の季節 2022年05月26日16:25


  The CG team collected questionnaires from the Instagram users who follow our official account @tiu_sli. What do other people do to prepare for the Rainy season?

 I am going to share 5  ideas from the questionnaires in this article.

①Check a weather forecast 

 You need to check the weather forecast frequently because it tends to rain and change the weather during the day in Tsuyu. Even if you checked it in the morning and said no rain today, it can turn to rain out of the blue when you are on your way home. Therefore, to prevent getting wet by a sudden rain, catching up with the weather, and being ready with an umbrella and towel on hand would be perfect.



There is rarely a sunny day during Tsuyu and rain usually lasts for a week. However, you can not just simply ignore your pile of washing clothes. You can dry your laundry in the bath, which has a dehumidifier. In case you do not have it and drying with an air conditioner that can set up the timer is highly recommended. You have to be careful setting up the timer properly and turning on a cooler, otherwise, it would be half-dried and the electoral fee goes up.


A humid rainy season makes your hair frizzy and hard to tackle and style your hair. In this case, an iron and dryer help to come off the humidity on your head and style with hair oil. These methods make your hair even smoother. For those who have fringe hair and have a favorite hairstyle, your hairstyle would easily come off even if you concrete your hair with wax. Therefore, it is important to have a stressful hairstyle during Tsuyu.

Wearing a bandana and hats are recommended because it is easy to put your hair up and it looks fashionable.

④Going to Coffee

 Rainy days make you feel gloomy to go out but it is boring to stay at your home. If you are so, then it would be good to go to a library and cafe where you can keep your rain out. Some shops have a special discount for only a rainy day and you can stay cozy and more comfortable than usual. This is recommended to refresh your mood.

⑤Changing the air

Humidity goes quite high during Tsuyu in any case so that makes you hesitate to open the window. However, the temperature goes up and that makes mold easily if you keep the window closed. Also, it is effective to take a humid away by putting the desiccant in the cabinet or leaving the ventilation far turn on.

 Thank you for reading until the end. What is your memory of Tsuyu like? There would not be many sunny days and the damp weather so you may be feeling down. It would be my pleasure if any of the tips introduced in this article went practical and you could spend your rainy season comfortably. Await for the next upcoming article!


著者: Karen W.
編集者: Kurooto B.



引用元 高松地方気象台 梅雨 2022/05/27 15:33時点


引用元: 2022年「梅雨入り予想」九州は梅雨入り早々大雨 6月には四国・本州も雨の季節 2022年05月26日16:25















著者: Tomoya S.
編集 : Karen W. Aika M.

1, 景色って何だろう?







(引用元:景色・風景・景観・光景・情景の意味の違いは?正しい使い分けも | BELC

2, TIU生に聞いた!~学校の周りでいい景色が見れるところ!!~













Best sightseeing spots near TIU

Writer : Tomoya S.
Editor : Karen W., Aika M.
Translator: Trang, D.

1, What is a landscape?

 Hello everyone. For this article I am going to tell you some of the best sightseeing spots around TIU.

 First of all, do you all know the difference between “scenery, landscape, and landscape”? Let me explain what I mean by “scenery/landscape/landscape. 

「景色」A “scenery” refers to “a view of the general appearance of things or a view of nature.”

「風景」A “landscape” refers to “the overall view into the field of vision.

「景観」A “landscape” refers to “the landscape and its scenery combined.”

 Therefore, what you casually see and think “that’s a nice view” is a “landscape”. Ultimately, the difference between “scenery/landscape/landscape” is the difference between having a purpose in “looking” at it.

References: What is the difference in meaning between scenery, landscape, sight, and scene? And the correct usage of the word | BELCY

2, TIU students told me! ~where you can get a good view around the school! ~ ~

 We asked TIU students where they could see nice scenery around their school, and the results are as follows. We will introduce them in a ranking format.

Ranking: 1.

 No. 1: Terrace on the third floor of Building No. 2

 No.2: ”Kozenmizutosato Park”Riverbed between Kasumigaseki and Kawagoe City

 No. 3: ”Oisezukai Park”Park near Starbucks in the direction of Matoba

 The place with the best view chosen as No. 1 is “the terrace on the third floor of the school’s Building No. 2. The terrace on the third floor of the school’s No. 2 building was chosen for its “scenic view” and “nice view in the evening.

 The place with the best view chosen in second place was “the riverbed between Kasumigaseki and Kawagoe City. I asked the TIU surname, “Where can I see a view outside the school?” When I asked, I was given the answer, “the riverbed.” There is a “riverbed” a short walk from TIU, where cherry blossoms and the river can be seen together in the spring. Personally, I feel that there are limited places around TIU where you can see nice scenery. However, unlike the city center, there are many places where you can easily feel nature, so if you walk somewhere away from TIU, you can reach a place where you can see a nice view.

 The third most scenic place is “Oisezuka Park”  park near Starbucks in the direction of Matoba. Although it is a bit of a walk from the school, we received feedback that the park right next to Starbucks near Matoba Station offers a nice view. Many TIU students answered that they “get take-out at Starbucks and then have a drink at the park,” especially in the spring when the temperature is just right.


3, TIU students told us! ~Feelings and emotions generated by the scenery, a break from studying

 As everyone may do, you all may feel something like “I can concentrate” when you see a “view” if it reminds you of something, relaxes you, or helps you to study there. When we asked various people about this, the majority of them answered in that way. Indeed, I thought that what the landscape brings to us is mainly a spiritual influence.

 Thanks for reading this article until here! In this article, I introduced some of the places around the school where you can get a good view, and what the view can do for you and what a view is in the first place. After reading this article, I hope you will all go see them to relax between studies or with your friends!

Stress management

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Aika M.
Translator: Trang D.

Hello everyone. How did you spend winter vacation? I’m on winter break for the first time in my university life, which lasts for three months, and I’ve been spending most of my time working part-time to save money for studying abroad. Recently, at my part-time job, I am getting in a lot of trouble due to my unprofessional attitudes towards customers and some other small mistakes in my work. If I continue to contain these frustrating emotions for too long, I’m afraid I’ll explode one day. I think it is normal for anyone to feel tired and bewildered like I do now, every now and again in their student life and daily life. So, it goes without saying, the important thing is to alleviate those negative feelings. To help you with that, this article will tell you some stress reduction methods.

What is stress?

To begin with, stress is a state of tension caused by external stimuli. External stimuli include environmental factors such as weather and noise, physical factors such as illness or lack of sleep, psychological factors like anxiety and worries, and social factors like poor relationships and busy work.

It is very important to detect your stress signs. When you are stressed, you may have some stress signs such as sleeping difficulty, stomachache, short temper, etc. If you are stressed, you may not even be able to sleep. These signs do not necessarily mean that you have any mental illness, but if you continue to be stressed out without realizing it or taking any action, you may end up in a worse mental condition.

First, it is a must to know your stress signs, and then monitor yourself from time to time to see if you are showing any of those signs. The sooner you become aware of your own stress, the sooner you can take care of yourself by taking a break or try changing your  mood with different activities

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Sadly, most of the time, I tend to miss my own stress signs and break down easily afterwards. So make sure we don’t overlook those stress signs, take the proper steps, and stop stressing ourselves out! In the next part, I will share with you how different people deal with stress, so let’s explore what methods they have been using!

Recommended stress relief methods

We conducted a survey of TIU students to find out what stress management tips or advice they have. I am sure that all of our readers will find these methods useful and easy to try. Please check out and give us your thoughts!


Case 1 – Crying

Crying out loud to relieve stress is a very effective way to reset your mind. Some people usually talk to someone about their feelings and start shedding tears after they have shared all of the accumulated negative feelings. This will help you sort out your feelings and sometimes you can get opinions from other people, with different viewpoints and angles you never expected you could get.

Others say that they induce tears by watching or reading something that moves them to tears. Some recommendations from my interviewee are  ONE PIECE 冬島編、サヨナラメリー号編、マリンフォード頂上戦争編 (English name is not available). My top recommendation is a work called Anohana – The flower we saw that day.

Case 2 – Eating

When I got this answer, I thought, “I just need to eat a good meal then that’s fine?”. However, several people said that spending time having meals with good friends and loved ones is actually more important than having just a good meal. Also, some people feel refreshed when they can keep eating and drinking until they want to stop. I often eat as much as I want, and this time I feel better because I am taking better care of myself.

Case 3 – Enjoying entertainment

It is definitely a good idea to immerse yourself in your hobbies/ interests and “your talents” and just enjoy them. Listening to music, playing instruments such as piano or guitar, watching movies, cartoons or YouTube, reading manga or books, or playing games are all recommended. Not only is it important to spend time alone enjoying your hobbies, but it is also great if you could share your hobbies with someone else to double the fun. Additionally, some people choose to overcome  their boredom by taking a bath, singing karaoke, or even surfing.

Case 4 – Spending time with a good friend.

When I heard about this method, I was surprised because I am the type of person who is always trying to cope with my stress by myself. However, when I listened to the stories from other extroverts that spend a lot of time working on their network, I realized that this is such good advice. They said that when they want to relieve stress, just being with good friends (friends or lovers) can reduce their stress and bring them more joy and motivation. Most of the respondents answered that regardless of what activities they do, as long as they can share time with their good friends then it is totally fine. And it dawned on me how important it is to interact with other people, rather than just enduring alone.

Case 5 – Exercise

People who exercise to relieve stress say that they tend to get carried away with working out, so they don’t need to think too much and forget about anything that bothers them. I also  tried jogging to relieve stress a few times, and it did help me clear my head and feel way better.

Case 6 – Making time for yourself

On the other hand, when you are stressed about interpersonal relationships, it is better to be alone, and try the stress-reducing techniques introduced above. In addition, spending time in a place where you are close to nature (park, mountain, forest, ocean, river, etc.) is recommended, as it will make you feel refreshed. Besides, if you make time for self-reflection, you will be able to accept your feelings more honestly than before, and you will become more motivated to work harder.

Whether these methods are effective or not may vary from person to person and may not work for everyone, so you should be very careful in choosing which methods to try out. We really appreciate your understanding.

3. Before you get stressed out

 Lastly, how to avoid stress? I have introduced some ways to relieve stress, but I have learned that it is important to be aware of your own stress signs and take care of your body and mind on a regular basis. When you feel stressed out, you may find that the effectiveness of the stress management practices you do depends on how you choose to face the problems. In fact, there is a theory that if you think that stress is bad for you, it will have a negative effect on your health, but on the other hand, if you think that you are just drained out and need more time to take care of yourself, there is almost no problem. In other words, stress can become heavier or lighter depending on how you perceive it and how you think about it. Therefore, when you feel stressed, it is a good time to reevaluate your lifestyle and mindset. We hope that after reading this article, you will have a better idea ofhow to deal with stress and make life more enjoyable.


Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Aika M.


  1. ストレスとは






  1. おすすめのストレス解消法





 他の人は、泣けるように感動する作品を見ることで涙を誘発するそうです。この方がおすすめの作品は、「ONE PIECE 冬島編、サヨナラメリー号編、マリンフォード頂上戦争編」などだそうです。私の一押しは、「あの日見た花の名前を僕たちはまだ知らない」という作品です。














Children’s Day

Writer: Karen W.
Translator: Ezekiel K.

Hello everyone. Did you read my last article on “Ohinasama” (Dolls’ Day)? This time, I would like to introduce “Children’s Day,” which falls on the last day of the Golden Week in May. What do you think of when you hear the word “Children’s Day”? Let’s take a look at what kind of event it is, focusing on its origin.

What is Children’s Day?

Children’s Day was originally called “Tango-no-Sekku,” an ancient event that has continued since the Nara period (710-794). The word “Tango” means the first horse day of the month and was not limited to the month of May. As mentioned in the article “Setsubun” on Japanese culture, it was believed in Japan that illness and misfortune were likely to occur at the change of seasons. Therefore, on “Tango-no-hi,” the day of the changing of the seasons, events were held to avoid illness and misfortune. On this day, there were customs of stacking yomogi herbs, bathing orchids, and drinking sake soaked in the iris, which was considered to ward off bad luck. In the Nara period (710-794), the imperial family and their subjects believed that these plants were thought to ward off illness and evil spirits. In addition to this, they used to perform yabusame (horseback archery, a ritual in which the archer shoots a bow while riding a horse) to exterminate bad demons that were believed to bring misfortune.

It is said that it was not until the Edo period (1603-1867) that people began to celebrate the coming of age of boys by decorating carp streamers and “Gogatsu Ningyo (warrior dolls),” as they do today. In the Heian period (794-1185), children played stone fighting with paper helmets decorated with irises. Later, during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), “blow torrents” were erected by attaching a cloth to bamboo poles in the samurai society. These things are considered to be the prototype of today’s “Tango-no Sekku,” but most of them are inherited from the Edo period when the development of doll art and “carp streamers” were started by the merchant class to wish for the healthy growth of their children. The ancient court customs of stacking yomogi herbs, bathing in orchids, and drinking sake soaked in irises to ward off bad luck gradually fell into disuse with the advent of the Kamakura period (samurai society), and thus the style of “Tango-no Sekku” has changed from that of today. Even though the custom changed with the arrival of the male-dominated samurai society, decorating iris leaves was still associated with “Shobu” (to take up arms), and it seems to have changed into an event to celebrate the growth of boys. During the Edo period (1603-1867), May 5 became an important holiday for the Tokugawa shogunate and was dedicated to celebrating the shogun. When a boy was born to the Shogun, a horse marker or banner was erected at the entrance of the Omote Palace of the castle to celebrate.


What do we do?

 Generally, two major things are done at Dragon Boat Festival. First, carp streamers and Gogatsu dolls are decorated. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, these have been done since the Edo period (1603-1868).


How Everyone Spends the Day

Do you know what to do on “Tango-no Sekku,” a part of “Japanese culture”? Here, we would like to introduce how TIU students spend Tango-no Sekku.

Student A: “We eat Kashiwa Mochi (rice cake with sweet red bean paste) and decorate the Kabuto (Japanese warrior’s helmet) at home.”

Student B: “We go to my grandmother’s house and have a family BBQ.

Student C: “I will play with my family at the park because children should play outside energetically”

Student D: “I will take an iris bath to warm myself.

Thank you for reading this far, it seems that TIU students spend more time together with their families than decorating Kabuto and Koinobori (carp streamers). What kind of Children’s Day or “Tango no Sekku” do you spend time on? Have a good time!


著者: Karen W.
編集: Kurooto B.


  1. 子供の日とは




  1. 何をやる?



引用元 2021.02.25

  1. みんなの過ごし方







Recapping the Fall 2021 LEWs

Writer: Karen W.
Editor: Theo F.
Translator: Theo F.

Hi everyone! How is the start of the semester going? Through today’s article, we will be briefly recapping last year’s 3 language exchange workshops for a better understanding of Campus Globalization’s activities. Despite hardships, we were able to hold these small workshops. From the next paragraph, I hope you can see what to expect from future workshops.

  1. Trick or Treat ~Halloween~

The first workshop was held on Halloween in October. Both E-Track and J-Track, dressed in spooky costumes, got together and compared language differences. Games such as quizzes and drawing monsters were held, where everyone shared their own culture. 

Students were then divided into groups and combined their individualities into creating original horror stories. Through these activities, we were not only able to compare cultural differences, but also find common points between cultures.

  1. Making a Habit

The latter half of November was probably stressful for a lot of us, as final exams approached. It was important for us to look back at our daily routines and identify bad habits. This workshop focused on how we can change these bad habits to good ones. 

It was interesting how the number of participants meant that there were as many differences in daily habits. Something could be perceived as a bad habit by some participants, while others could see it as something irreplaceable in their daily routines. Therefore, this language exchange workshop highlighted the differences in thinking and values – it was impossible to decide something as a good habit right off the bat. Through discussions, participants were able to find ways to improve their personal routines for a healthier lifestyle.

  1. Love

Christmas approaches as we step into December. Through this last workshop, participants looked back on how they spent Christmas the previous year as they shared what an ideal Christmas season entails for them. In Japan, it is culturally dominant to spend Christmas with your lover – much to the shock of participants unfamiliar with the Japanese Christmas season.

Next, participants shared their values towards “love”. It was interesting to see how “love” means so differently for different people. We also studied the 5 steps of love languages ( confirmatory language, physical help, presents, quality time, and skinship. Participants shared their views on which of the 5 were more important to them.

Thank you for reading until here, we are also grateful to everyone who spent time with us during these workshops! We will also be hosting language exchange workshops this year, so definitely join us if you are interested! If you have any requests or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us on Instagram: @tiu_sli


著者: Karen W.
編集者: Theo F.


1.トリック or トリート・ハロウィン








そして、一人一人の「愛」についての価値観を共有し合いました。愛についての価値観は人それぞれであり、ところどころ似た意見を持っている人もいます。日本人にはなじみの浅い「ラブランゲージ〜愛を伝える5つの方法〜」が紹介されました。この「ラブランゲージ」は、「1. 肯定的な言葉」「2.手 助け・ヘルプ・サービス行為」「3.贈り物・ギフト」「4. クオリティタイム」「5. スキンシップ」には5つの方法があります。引用元