If you ever visited Japan during rainy season, you must be surprised at the long umbrella hanging around people arm (lol somehow this sounds a little scary). Although compact and subcompact umbrellas are used, in Japan, the number of people using long umbrellas is much larger.
I grew up in the south of Vietnam, where there are only 2 seasons per year: sunny and rainy. However, throughout my childhood there, I barely saw anyone using an umbrella in the rain. Both pedestrians or people who ride motorcycle/ bicycle prefer rain ponchos over umbrellas. The same thing happens in Indonesia. Even in other Asian countries where people use umbrellas, it is quite uncommon for people to use the long one. Furthermore, during my last 5 years in Australia, I hardly came across anyone using long umbrella, not to mention carrying it around all day (so many people do not even bring an umbrella knowing it would rain on that day).
Once I knew that no other countries like using long umbrellas, I got curious why Japanese people prefer those. It turns out that Japanese people have been using long umbrellas since they were a kid, so no one really question its inconvenient points.
And also one strange thing that no other countries have plastic umbrellas. Recently, thanks to the expansion of the 100-yen shop business, plastic umbrellas can be found oversea as well. However, they are not widely used in other countries. However in Japan, many people love them. They are fairly lighter compared to other long umbrellas, cheap and pretty durable.
Bringing such a long umbrella would make you wonder where to put it once you are inside. Umbrellas holder is available in front of most convenience stores, small shops/ supermarkets and hotels.
Inside offices or classrooms
There is no need to worry about umbrellas getting stolen. Although sometime people might take the wrong one especially the plastic one if there is no name written on it.
In large shopping centers, as there are too many people, it is not possible for everyone to leave their umbrellas at one place. Instead of umbrella holders, plastic covers are placed at the entrance. All you need to do is stick your umbrella downward and it will be completely covered.
In places that do not provided covers, it is most likely that they will have the umbrella dryer.
There are two simple steps; put the umbrella inside and shake it.
Where to buy an umbrella?
You can buy plastic umbrellas from any convenience stores and 100 yen shops (although it will not be 100 yen). When it is raining, confectionery shops, grocery shops or sometimes, even shoes stores would sell those plastic umbrellas. Just bare in mind that they might be sold out pretty quick, especially when the rain is unexpected. In addition, some hotels may lend you umbrella for free on rainy day. Other types of umbrella are available in department stores or fashion stores. You can also purchase fancy-looking ones from souvenirs shops in Asakusa and such.
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