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08 May 2009 @ 06:00 pm
One Umbrella, Two Umbrella  
Japan, the disposable umbrella society. How else to explain how, after having two umbrellas disappear on you on Tuesday, you can find one abandoned umbrella on the train on Friday, and end up with two umbrellas, from an initial investment of only one umbrella?

I wonder if I'll ever see one wear out -- I haven't so far. I've never spent a significant sum on an umbrella here (you can get them at 100 yen stores), and not counting ones I've abandoned on my return to America, I've lost at least three or four.

Also, saw my first rainbow in Japan since I got here. I've probably seen a rainbow here before, but I can't immediately recall when (not counting waterfalls). They're neither particularly common nor particularly bright here, unlike Colorado -- you just don't tend to get the same combination of localized rain and bright sun very often.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
An unsolved umbrella question
From the Japanese point of view, I always wonder why people in the US hardly carry an umbrella. It seems they don't mind getting wet or soaked or even they enjoy it. I observed such behavior not only in sunny Denver but also Madison, WI, and Carbondale, IL, where I lived before, and those places are more likely to have rain. To me, it is an unsolved cultural question.

Aki
Douglas Triggs: sundoubt72 on May 8th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: An unsolved umbrella question
Because people don't walk in America, they drive. So they don't really get wet, because they don't walk in it for long enough.

Getting soaked in Kansas City (when I lived there) was a fairly rare occurrence, even without an umbrella. Getting soaked in Japan isn't, even with one.

Of course, when I didn't have a car in Houston, and walked everywhere around campus, I owned an umbrella and I used it.
(Anonymous) on May 9th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: An unsolved umbrella question (part 2)
I still think that why Japanese carry/use an umbrella far more often than people in the US do is not only related to weather but also related to culture.
For example, in Japan even when people wear a raincoat, they still put up an umbrella. I hardly see such a scene in the US.
When I try to find Japanese who walk in the rain without an umbrella, I only come across Matatabi-momo/Tosei-nin or outsiders in old days. They traveled with a kappa or a raincoat and a sando-gasa or a big straw hat.
So I think Japanese think getting wet is kind of getting dirty, therefore, are obsessed by staying dry.

Aki

Douglas Triggs: art headdoubt72 on May 11th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC)
Re: An unsolved umbrella question (part 2)
Well, there might be some truth to that, but you still see an awful lot of umbrellas in NYC, the only place in the US that has a similar transportation mix as anywhere in Japan.

Of course, you don't see umbrellas on sunny days in America like you do in Asia, either.
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Rainbow in Tokyo
Speaking of rainbow, did you see this yesterday, Friday, 5/08?

http://www.asahi.com/photonews/TKY200905080379.html

Aki
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on May 8th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Rainbow in Tokyo
I did see a rainbow, but not one that bright.

Aifebruaryfour on May 10th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Next time my umbrella wears through and starts raining on me because the canvas's got holes in it, I'll save it for you. ^_^
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on May 11th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
As long as it's not a GIRLY umbrella. :-P

I've never had an umbrella wear out in America, either, come to think of it. Although the last umbrella I had disappeared when my car was stolen (subsequently recovered), and I probably lost one or two in Houston. Never bothered to replace it in Denver.
Aifebruaryfour on May 11th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
*laughs* The girliest umbrella I have is that yellow-blue-green one.