Hail. Hail. Hail.
Yesterday we had them in torrents that it almost sounded like somebody up there knocked over a pail of rice crackers. (Note: small rice crackers are called arare-mochi, or hail rice cakes) Winter is rapidly approaching in Noto. Short storms like these accompanied by thunder are called "buri okoshi", meaning to wake up yellow tails that are sleeping in the Japan Sea -- or rather, to alert fishers for the yellow tail fishery. Crab season started last Saturday and now the sky is calling yellow tails. It's going to be a busy winter.