Why does the Japanese have 50 words for rain?

There is a myth that Eskimos have 50 words for snow, but experts say this is a lie. The Japanese language has a large number of words to describe the rain.

There are at least 50 words for the Japanese to describe the rain, and today we will examine them. So you will have an idea of how Japanese language is complex. Why are there so many words for rain in Japanese?

All of this is the result of amount of kanji which represents rain, water, fall and similar words, not to mention the multiple readings that each ideogram has. Japanese also uses kanji joining to create words that in English would be phrases.

I hope you make good use of this list of Japanese words for rain. If you like the article don't forget to share and leave your comments. The list of words below is separated by categories.

Rain in Japanese

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KanjiKanaRomajiEnglish
あめloverain
白雨はくうhakuurain shower
急雨きゅうkyuurain shower
俄雨にわかあめniwakaamerain shower
降雨こうkourain

Intensity Rain in Japanese

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弱 雨じゃくうjakuulight rain
小雨こさめKosamelight rain
小降りこぶりkoburilight rain
微雨びうbiulight rain
小糠雨こぬかあめkonukaamelight rain
煙雨えんうenulight rain
細雨さいうExiteddrizzle
多雨たうtauHeavy rain
大雨おおあめooameHeavy rain
強雨きょううkyouusevere rain
横降りよこぶりyokoburirain
吹き降りふきぶりfukiburirain
篠突く雨しのつくあめshinotsukuameheavy rain
集中豪雨しゅうちゅうごううshuuchuugouusevere showers
Why does the Japanese have 50 words for rain?

Japanese rain combos

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風雨ふうfuuwind and rain
雨氷うひょうuhyoufreezing rain
雨後雪あめのちゆきamenochiyukirain then snow
雪交じりゆきまじりyukimajirisnow and rain
雨混じりの雪あめまじりのゆきamemajirinoyukisnow and rain
晴後雨はれのちあめharenochiameof course, then rain
雨露うろurorain and dew

Cold rain in Japanese

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涼 雨りょううryouucool rain
冷雨れいうReiucold rain
寒雨かんうKanucold winter rain
氷雨ひさめHisamevery cold rain or sleet

Types of Rain in Japanese

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夜雨やうyaunight rain
梅雨前線ばいうぜんせんbaiuzensenseasonal rain
春霖しゅんりんshun rinspring rain
春雨しゅんうshun ugentle spring rain
緑雨りょくうryokuuearly summer rain
五月雨さみだれSamidareearly summer rain
秋雨あきさめAkisameautumn rain
秋霖しゅうりんshuu rinautumn rain
凍雨とううtouuwinter rain
十雨じゅううjuuurefreshing rain once in ten days
恵雨けいうkeiuwelcome rain
人工雨じんこううjinkouuartificial rain
放射能雨ほうしゃのううhoushanouuradioactive rain
天 泣てんきゅうtenkyuurain from a cloudless sky
Why does the Japanese have 50 words for rain?

Japanese Weather and Rain

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雨模様あまもようamoroyourain signs
雨催いあまもよいamoroyoithreat of rain
雨上りあまあがりamaagariafter the rain
雨後うごugoafter rain
雨間あまあいamaaibreak in the rain
晴一時小雨はれいちじこさめhareichijikosamebrief light rain
ながめNagamelong rain
霖雨りんうrinulong rain
長雨ながめNagamelong rain
陰霖いんりんinrinlong rain
夕立ゆうだちYuudachisudden rain at night

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