Appropriately, my hand-dyed ‘tenugui’ arrived just ahead of a string of storms from Japan to California that are predicted to deliver five inches of rain beginning this evening through January 9th. A gift from Evelynne Matsumoto that “seems to bring rain in Japan” depicts Raijin, the mythical deity of thunder and lightening and Fujin, the deity of the wind. Having the rain and the Raijin tenugui arrive at the same time is no more inexplicable and astonishing than reconnecting with Evelynne, my babysitter of sixty-five years ago—just full of magic.
As followers of my poetry know, I am easily susceptible to the notions of special gods and goddesses for rain, and subsequently intrigued by the 100s of deities that are revered and recognized in traditional Japanese culture. By comparison our culture today will never be as rich or lasting.