Summer has been a damp squib so far this year for many parts of the country, with annual events canceled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on top of a protracted rainy season that seemingly took an eternity to end.

Last year’s rainy season hung around for a little longer than usual as well, but at least it had the good grace to bow out officially on July 25. This year… well, those sitting on the Kanto Plain, at least, were kept waiting until Aug. 1 for the season to officially end.

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