Goofy umbrellas for Japan’s rainy season

With all the umbrellas fun in yesterday’s post, Rain

Here’s an umbrella is designed to be rolled alongside you, like a suitcase, which provides a fun alternative to the ordinary method, which involves carrying the annoying thing around with you

via New “rolling” umbrella with wheels lets you take it for a stroll on rainy days | RocketNews24
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Our previous dorky descriptions of Japanese umbrellas include:

 



 


Rain

Here in Tokyo we’re in the peak of Japan’s rainy season. Japanese folks always ask me* where’s my umbrella and answer with the haiku of the poet Santoka Taneda (Wiki):

降るままぬれるままで歩く
furu mama nureru mama de aruku
Japanese block print by Hasui Kawase(image: Hasui Kawase)

”kyō mo nurete shiranai michi o yuku”
today again, soaking wet, / I walk on an unknown road
 


 

*I don’t and can’t use an umbrella since I walk on crutches, so asking me is, “duh.”

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Learn more at Japan-guide.com about Japan’s Tsuyu, the Rainy Season. Our previous reports include:

 


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Ghostbusters vs Lowrider in Tokyo

Here’s a slice of street life…lowriding in Shibuya district, Tokyo.

@MKB0T—Driving home last night behind a ghost busters car. I think. It only had red lights. The indicators and brake lights were the same lights.

59-CHEVY-

 
Saaaa.
This so-called “ghost busters car” is a 1959 Chevy Impala lowrider (shown in the bottom half).
The Ghostbusters vehicle, called the “ECTO-1,” was a 1959 Cadillac ambulance, a professional chassis built by the Miller-Meteor company (shown in top half). Ecto-1

Our previous reports of Tokyo rides include:

 



 


Japan’s new salarymen…’WALLMONKEYS’

The new Japanese salaryman (3Yen / 2009-08-07) is now called a Wallmonkey
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This is a good way for the hordes of restructured (3Yen / 2005-01-25) salarymen to be more at ease at home alone after forced early retirement (3Yen / 2006-11-14)—Amazon’s product description says that you:

can transform your lonely walls…with freshly printed Wallmonkeys vinyl decals

 


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Tokyo 2020 — Olympic ‘hospitality’

Omotenashi/おもてなし = hospitalityomotenashi-text_120x

Japan’s Omotenashi Movement marches forward for the Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic “hospitality.”

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Foreigner-Only Carriages To Be Introduced Ahead Of Tokyo 2020 Olympics
TheRisingWasabi May 15, 2018 | @therisingwasabi

 

 
A few of our many stories about Omotenashi/hospitality include:


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‘Suma-Ho’ walking

The Japanese term ‘Suma-Ho’ is a mangling of English’s “smart phone”:
suma[ato] = ‘smart’ + [tere]Ho[n] = ‘telephone’.
That is, this poster warns of dangers of “Smart Ho” walking, lol.

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Rob Goss @RobGossWriter

—High-quality poster on the Toho Line. Though maybe it worked…I’m not posting this while walking. #sapporo

dameyo man This seems to be the first “live-action” appearance of “Dameyo Man”—the manga mascot of the Sapporo Transportation bureau—His head reads: ST    ダ    メ   ヨ.
In my mind, I love to half-ass mistranslate the Japanese Dameyo Man” as ‘Damn-It Man’ lol. Actually, Dameyo (ダメヨ~!!) is better translated as “That’s no good!” or “You can’t do that!”
 
Our previous reports of Smart Ho” walking include:

 


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Japan’s new tourism slogan

In preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo…

Japan’s new tourism
slogan …
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Explanation of the above tourism problems in Japan:

1.) Free public WiFi in Japan is rare/annoyingly-spotty/nonexistent and using it always requires pre-registration using an internet connection. That is, you have to have WiFi to get WiFi, grrr.
2.) Credit cards are not accepted at more than 50% of the eating and drinking establishments in Japan as well as most small stores in Japan. In addition, {evil}foreign credit cards are often rejected by Japanese credit card processing systems (especially debit cards).

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Our other reports on tourism and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include:

 



 


Tokyo: 2018 or 1968?

 

Near Oshiage Station*. 1968 or 2018?
lowerider-tokyoDave-Southgate @DaveSouthgate7

 

 
It’s 2018.
Those tiny 5.20 tires with pin-thin whitewalls didn’t become a thing until the 1980s in the Lowrider community. In 1968, a lowrider would have fat whitewalls mounted on five-spoke Cragars or Astro Supreme rims.

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My 1968 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, Hello Kitty edition

 
Our previous reports of Tokyo lowriders (Wikipedia) include:

 



 


Japan #RESISTANCE

 



 


Perfect summer dress for Tokyo

Here’s a perfect summer “dress” for Tokyo’s torrid summer—a seemingly endless five months of more than 30°C (86°F) heat and 90% humidity, arg.

Also, this was on the Japanese news…

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“女子陸上のユニフォーム ヤバくないすか?>#何故このデザインにしたのか”@INUIROCKET
“Women’s athletics uniforms, aren’t they?” #WhyDidYouDesignThis

 

Our previous reports of Japanese swim dressing include: