Aaron Glimme used the Berkeleyside app to send us this photograph of a rainbow over Berkeley — an inevitable consequence, perhaps, of the profusion or rain interspersed with bursts of sun we have been having here recently.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Diana,
    You’re quite right. It was classic “kitsuneno yomeiri” yesterday. I was saying this to a Japanese transplant friend, and I’m not sure she understood. These colorful old sayings are getting lost…

  2. A book I had as a child focused on the notion that there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

  3. Old japanese movies have informed me that when the sun shines on a rain shower it means there’s a fox wedding going on. Foxes have a supernatural role in Japanese fairy tales. Probably because of their human-sounding cry, they were thought of as women (often up to no good) in animal disguise.

    There were a lot of foxes’ weddings yesterday, along with the accompanying rainbows. Not today though: Just dark skies and heavy downpours.

  4. NICE RAINBOW EMMA! Avi , your old friend from CEC (\\)

    This comment has been moderated and edited (for excessive use of exclamation marks!).

  5. In my experience, rainbows tend to appear in the same spots regularly. So if you are a rainbow chaser, look for rainbows where you saw them before. There are physical, topographical reasons why the conditions are right for rainbows.

    This is a great photo. Here’s a question: why do most people seem to think seeing rainbows is special? I think it’s special but I am unaware of any particular cultural myths to explain the pleasure and joy.