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Rain in this season mostly falls in the form of localized torrential downpours, typhoons, and evening showers. The image that comes to mind is of large rain drops hitting the ground, as opposed to rain falling in a drizzle. There are surely many people who have memories of the blue sky swelling with thunderclouds during summer vacation. The resemblance of its tip to a Buddhist priest's shaved head is said to be the reason for the Japanese term for thundercloud, "nyudo-gumo" (literally "priest cloud"), but it also has many other nicknames that come from local areas or rivers, such as "bando-taro", "shinano-taro", "shikoku-saburo" and "tsukushi-jiro".
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