The Music of Rain

In Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps by Allen Eaton, the author recalls the reaction of Jo Tominaga to the sound of rain.

"My father was a workman. We lived in a neighborhood of out-of-door laborers. He built our little house and made a special garden on our stony plot of ground. When he had completed the garden, he collected all the leftover stones and piled them carefully along the edge of the house, below the eaves. On rainy days, when the neighbors could not work, he would call them in and they would all make poems to the music of the rain falling from the roof to the stones below."