Today it was raining, and I discovered that wet umbrella technology has just taken a great leap forward with the invention of the umbrella dryer. Throw-away plastic sleeves solved the nagging problem of bumbershoots dripping all over the floors of restaurants, department stores and offices, but the amount of trash/recycling created every time it rained was rather overwhelming.
This umbrella wiper has an absorbent foam insert shaped to accommodate the wings of a closed umbrella. Stick it in, pull it out, and it’s dry enough that it won’t leave a trail of lawsuit-inviting slipperiness behind.
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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!