A Children’s Song from Japan about a Rainy Day

A Rainy Day Song from Japan in English, in Japanese and with an MP3 of the Piano Music

It’s still raining here in New York. So, here’s another song about rain.

Rainy Day

Rainy day, rainy day, I like it;
My mother will come here with my umbrella,
Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run!

Bag on my shoulder, I follow my mother;
A bell is ringing somewhere,
Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run!

Oh oh, that girl is dripping wet;
She is crying under the willow,
Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run!

Mother, mother, I’ll lend her my umbrella;
“Hi girl, use this umbrella,”
Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run!

I am all right, don’t worry,
Mother will take me in under her big umbrella,
Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run!

“Pitch pitch, chap chap, run run run” is the sound of rain.

Here’s the Japanese version…

Japanese Text of the Rainy Day Song

Listen to an MP3 of the Japanese Rainy Day Song.

Many thanks to Ayako Egawa for contributing and translating Rainy Day and to Susan Pomerantz for the piano music.

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Japan page for more Japanese Kids Songs!

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20 Responses to “A Children’s Song from Japan about a Rainy Day”

  1. Jack T Says:

    Anybody have the japanese transliteration for the Rainy Day song?

  2. Lisa Says:

    I was able to track down a transliteration of the first verse of Amefuri or Rainy Day…

    Ame ame furi furi kaasan ga
    Janome de omukae ureshiina.
    Pitchi pitchi, chappu chappu, ran ran ran!

    Rainy day, rainy day, I like it;
    My mother will come here with my umbrella,
    Pitch pitch, chap chap, ran ran ran!

    I welcome corrections and of course the transliteration of the rest of Amefuri!


  3. Montgomery Says:

    I learned this song as a boy from my father who was stationed in Japan during the Korean war. Here is the full verse of the song in romaji (roman characters) with divisions to better indicate the rythm. The melody follows a pattern dictated by a very regular and pronounced 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3 cadence:

    Ame furi

    Ame ame    Fure fure    Kasan ga
    Janome de    Omukae    Ureshi na
    Pichi pichi    Chapu chapu    Lan lan lan

    Kakemasho    Kaban wo    Kasan no
    Atokara      Yuko yuko    Kane ga naru
    Pichi pichi     Chapu chapu    Lan lan lan

    Ara ara    Anoko wa   Zubunure da
    Yanagi no   Nekata de     Naiteiru
    Pichi pichi    Chapu chapu     Lan lan lan

    Kasan        Bokuno wo     Kashimashoka
    Kimi kimi     Kono kasa     Sashitamae
    Pichi pichi     Chapu chapu     Lan lan lan

    Boku nara     Iinda     Kasan no
    Ookina       Janome ni     Haitteku
    Pichi pichi     Chapu chapu     Lan lan lan

    The song is subtle and somewhat melancholy at the begining where the tone is set by the onomatopoeia of the lonely rain drops falling (Pichi pichi Chapu chapu). A young boy is stuck at school waiting to be picked-up. There are other children waiting but he feels all alone. Finally the boy’s mother arrives to collect him, and the sound of the rain becomes joyous. In the last verse the boy gives his beatiful red umbrella to a classmate who is alone and without protection from the rain. It is really a touching lesson in empathy for others.

    – Montgomery

  4. John Says:

    What my Japanese mother had translated to me over 40 yrs ago.

    Underneath the weeping willow stands a little child no one comes to bring umbrella, rain is falling down, pitter patter, pitter, patter, run, run, run.

  5. tamar Says:


    Does anyone know where can I find English translation of the Japanese songs:

    1. Nanatsunoko
    2. Hato
    3. Momiji

    Thanks a lot,


  6. Doug Says:

    “Ame, ame Fure fure Kasan ga”

    “Rain, rain falling, falling Mother”

    “ga” is very difficult to explain.

    “O-Kasan” is polite but doesn’t “mesh” with the tune.

  7. Theresa Says:

    My brother married his Japanese bride when I was about 3 years old.
    He died in 2005 and this year I moved her from Virginia to live within 6 miles of our home. She is 81 now and is teaching me and my grandson some Japanese songs. This is one. The other (so far) is Momo Taro san. They were married over 50 years and our family loves her dearly

  8. Hazel Says:

    My own transliteration:
    ame ame fure fure kaasan ga
    janome de omukai ureshii na
    pichi pichi chapu chapu lan lan lan

    kake mashi yo kaban o kaasan no
    ato kara iko iko kane ga naru
    pichi pichi chapu chapu lan lan lan

    ara ara ano ko wa zubumereda
    yanagi no nekata de naiteiru
    pichi pichi chapu chapu lan lan lan

    kaasan boku no o kashimashi yo ka
    kimi kimi kono kasa sashita mae
    pichi pichi chapu chapu lan lan lan

    Boku nara iinda kaasan no
    ooki na janome ni haitteku
    pichi pichi chapu chapu lan lan lan

  9. Billy Says:

    Does anyone happen to know the chords for this song on guitar?

  10. Gini Steigerwalt Says:

    We just received the good news that my cousin, who has tried so hard to have a baby, will now adopt a little girl from China. They sent her picture and she is seated in a wicker chair. She is 5 months old. Behind her on the wall is the words Rainy D….and you can’t see the rest of the title. There are also the middle of what I believe is a sentence that reads …..the voice ————indrops is mu – I am guessing that the part behind this beautiful baby is the voice of the raindrops is mu…..
    I am searching for the words to this poem or song. My cousin is so elated and said to me about the words that the first time she saw her baby’s picture it was raining and the words Rainy were on the picture. I would love to find this poem and have it framed for the nursery. I love the rain because it is so calming. If anyone could help I would be forever grateful. Gini

  11. 藤島明輝子 Says:

    It should be pichi pichi chapu chapu ran ran ran. This is not the sound of rain, but the sound of playing in the ran.. skipping through it and jumping in puddles.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    We sang this song today in my music class. The words go like this:

    Ame ame, fure fure, Kaasanga,
    Janome de omukai, ureshiina.
    Pichi pichi, pachu pachu, ran ran ran!

  13. Mike Fitzpatrick Says:

    I was born of an American Army Officer and his American wife in Tokyo, Japan, after WW2, in 1948. As a baby, my Japanese mama san would rock me to sleep while singing this song over and over. I have remembered the first line and the chorus all these years and just today discovered the song’s name and lyrics on the internet.

  14. James Says:

    I was born in Japan in”54″ my sisters and I would sing this song . We.
    Came to the US in “60” and would sing this song to our relatives . It’s been 50+ years since I sang this song. I would occasionally sing the first stanza but forgot the rest.Thank you for the full version,it brought back good memories of my youth

  15. Sally Rogers Says:

    Does anyone have a Mandarin transliteration of this Japanese Rain song?

  16. Katie Ridgeway Says:

    My mom taught us this song when we were little children. My father was in the Air Force and married her in Japan. Now she is 90 years old and loves to sing the song. She has Alzheimers and it makes her happy to sing. She also likes to sing Moshi Moshi ano ne, which is cute too. My grandchildren have learned the songs from her, and they like to sing them. It makes me happy!

  17. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for sharing Katie! That’s really nice.

  18. Fred Says:

    At the end of the song, “Picci Picci Chappu Chappu Ran Ran Ran” is either the sound of the raindrops hitting the ground, or, the children playing in the mudpuddle created by the rain, or possibly just the sound of walking on the rain soaked ground.
    My mother is Japanese and sang it to me and my siblings when we were young.
    That’s how she defined it, when asked at various times.
    So when you translate it, it might be more accurate to simply write, “running through the water, splash, splash. splash”.

  19. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for writing Fred. I added your comment in the song notes on the song page for Amefuri.

  20. Judy Says:

    My dad was in the army and lived three years in Osaka, Japan before being shipped to Korea as the war was beginning. I remembered him singing a song to me that I had remembered as peachy peachy choppy choppy dong dong dong. I think after finding this that this was the song he was sharing. I wish he was still alive for me to share this with him.

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