In my last visit to Japan, it was raining like cats and dogs. That did not stop me from visiting the Meiji Shrine. At the entrance to the shrine, men were trying to cover a structure which looked like a float. It was covered in plastic to protect it from getting wet. I think the float was going to be used for a parade the next day. I wasn't sure the rain will stop in time for that. The weather forecast was not optimistic.