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10 small things that will make you happy during the rainy season

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at ICU (Japan) chapter.

Japanese rain season is quite long and it’s easy to feel a bit down or unmotivated. Here are 10 small things that will lighten up your days in the rainy season. 

1.A Nice Cup of Coffee in the Morning  

capuchino on white ceramic mug
Instant coffee is fine but if you want to start a day with a nice cup of coffee, I highly recommend getting Moka Pod from Bialetti. It allows you to make espresso with just ground coffee beans and water. It doesn’t call for disposable capsules or paper filters and is reasonably priced compared to other espresso machines so it is both eco and budget-friendly. 

2.Bubble Bath 

Babble Bath is something special and makes me feel relaxed. I love the body wash from Roger & Gallet that can be used to make bubble baths too. Also, using scented soap is good for relaxing and distress. It will make you feel like you are in a luxurious spa.  

3.Making Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is by far the most aesthetic yet peaceful Social Media in my opinion. There is no argument in the comment section and it’s just a space filled with beautiful pictures. I found making Pinterest boards is low-key therapeutic and gives me the motivation to have a better lifestyle. If you want some inspiration, follow me on Pinterest→https://pin.it/2lbyIvc

4.Fresh Flowers 

pink rose in vase
Photo by Tirza van Dijk from Unsplash

I’m not the kind of person who always has fresh flowers in a room like Martha Stewart does, but it’s nice to have fresh flowers sometimes. Especially in the rainy season, when you can’t enjoy being under the sunlight, fresh flowers will give you a good vibe and energy. If you worry about the environmental burden, there are flowers called “Chance Flowers”. Those flowers were supposed to be thrown away since it doesn’t meet the quality that the market request, but the company “hanane” started to sell those flowers at a low price to save them. If you want to know more about “Chance Flower”, Japan Vogue explains more in a detail. →https://www.vogue.co.jp/change/article/change-challenge-chance-flower-sakurako-suzuki

5. Redecorate Your Room 

Photo by Hector Falcon from Unsplash

If the rain season comes, you will have to spend most of your time in your room. Isn’t it nice to see your room beautifully decorated according to your aesthetic? I think it will make you feel much better and productive even you don’t feel like so. I wrote about the tips to decorate your room on a budget in the March article so go check it out! →https://www.hercampus.com/school/icu-japan/room-decor-101

6.Zoom Workout with Your Besties

I started to work out at home through Zoom with my best friends when the quarantine started. I was not the kind of person who works out regularly but by making appointments with friends and keep doing that for almost a year, I realized that workout is supposed to be fun and it gives me confidence even though I don’t look like a Victoria Secret Model. If you have a gym at home, that amazing but even though you don’t have one like me, you can still work out with just a yoga mat and YouTube. I use the yoga mat from Manduka and me and my friends usually watch Chole Thing, Pamela Reif, Ashely Lynn, and B-life depending on our mood.  

7.Reading Classic Books 

books on brown wooden shelf
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It’s maybe a cliché but I think the rainy season is the best season for reading. I have a long list of books that I want to read before the end of this year but never actually finished all of them. Since we can’t go outside for many reasons, it’s nice to stay at home and read the book over a cup of coffee or tea.  

8.The TV Show “The Bold Type”

John Medland / Universal Television


This TV show is absolutely amazing and the best show I have ever seen. It’s a story of three millennial women, Jane Sloan, Kat Edison, and Sutton Brady who work at a fictional global publication called Scarlet in New York City. It was inspired by the life and career of former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. I can’t tell the detail because I don’t want to be a spoiler but if you want to see a story about strong female friendship, tackling tough topics, standing up for justice, carrier inspirations, this one is for you. Season 5, the final season premieres Wednesday, May 26 so you don’t have to wait for what’s happening in the last season. If you want to know more about “The Bold Type”,  the Associate Editor at Her Campus Media, Tiana Soto explains more in her article. →https://www.hercampus.com/culture/entertainment/why-i-love-bold-type

9. Little Special Treats  


When you are feeling down, try to give yourself a little special treat that the one you usually don’t allow yourself to buy. My recommendations are French Macarons from Ladurée or Pierre Hermé, Italian gelato from Venchi, and Chocolate cake from Ralph’s Coffee. I don’t have sugar teeth but sometimes sugar makes you feel happy. 


10. Music   

Music is the easiest way to change your mood. If you are looking for music that hypes you up, I would recommend listening to “Surfaces” and “Sam and Sounds”. Both of their music never fail me to feel like the summer is coming.  

Ruka Saito

ICU (Japan) '24

Ruka Saito is a Sophomore studying business at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. In her spare time she enjoys baking, calligraphy and exploring nice coffee shops in Tokyo.