Quirky Japan: The Umbrella Sheath

It was a dreary, rainy day today but it was lightened by the “only in Japan” umbrella sheath. It is quite common in the entrance of buildings to find plastic wraps for umbrellas. Japanese love umbrellas and it is rare on a rainy day to see anyone without an umbrella. Women use umbrellas on sunny days as well to avoid getting a tan. As you can see in the photo above, I was surprised at how much water was on captured on the bottom of the sheath. I have a large umbrella and it was difficult to slip on the tight-fitting sheath, but I was happy not to have any leakage and keep the floor of the meeting room dry.

My only complaint would be the plastic use. More plastic bags to end up in landfills…

One thought on “Quirky Japan: The Umbrella Sheath

  1. SIPAnkh

    We have them in our offices in Northern VA. USA, and I agree on two points, nice to have feature while not so nice that it is made of plastics unless it is from biodegradable (which shouldn’t be a big deal to do, all matter or will !)

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