Weather is certainly part of our daily lives, and is also a very large part of daily conversation. In this Column and the following one, I will give a list of Japanese weather words, together with example sentences.
Some of these expressions might seem special to Japan, but I hope that readers will notice that they are quite easy to translate into English.
TIME OF DAY
1) I always get up before sunrise.
2) We went along to the beach to see the sun come up.
3) We were lucky enough to see a beautiful red and golden sunset.
4) At this time of the year the sun sets at about half-past six.
5) When we woke up there was a red sky at dawn.
6) The glow of dawn was really beautiful.
7) It is still dusk -- not really night-time.
8) Twilight in summer is my favourite time of the day.
9) In autumn, we often see a mackerel sky like this.
10) The cirrocumulus clouds formed a mackerel sky.
11) As we stood on the top of the mountain, we could see for many miles because of the perfectly clear air.
12) I stood in wonder and looked up at the azure sky.
13) The typhoon has passed, so tomorrow it should be a fine, sunny day.
14) On the day after the typhoon the sky was clear and blue, and you could not see a cloud.
15) The whole countryside seemed to be hidden in the morning mist.
16) The morning sun soon dispersed the mist.
17) It has been rather cloudy in the mornings recently.
18) The sky was at first cloudy, but as the day went on the clouds disappeared.
19) By the look of the sky, I think the weather is not going to get any better.
20) The sky looks very threatening this morning.
・be lucky enough to do: 幸運にも～する
・in wonder: 驚嘆して