The rainy season is here. It is getting humid or muggy. I will have to wear my rain gear when I travel to and from my school by bicycle. Actually, I never use an umbrella when I ride my bike. You know that that's against the law, don't you? Anyway, I want to talk a little bit about my neighborhood. We live in a rural part of Ageo city. There are many trees and open spaces and rice fields here. We have a vacant lot on either side (both sides) of our house. One farmer kills the weeds on the north side as it is his lot. I take care of the lot on the south side. Besides picking and cutting weeds, I am growing a bamboo island. Actually it is not bamboo. It is kumazasa. You know what that is, don't you? I am trimming them and weeding inside and around it. My hope is to have the island expand. That way there will be less weeds to pick. There are also many rice fields around here. I really enjoy the scenery they make and the croaking of the frogs. How about your neighborhood?