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Umbrella Dryer

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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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

3 thoughts on “Umbrella Dryer Leave a comment

  1. I’m definitely going to check out the fukubukuro atfter New Year’s! I’d intended to ogle the teeming masses in Shibuya, figuring that the crowd outside the 109 building will be quite entertaining, but your link made me decide to add Harajuku to my pilgrimage as well.

    And if you want the bunnies, you’d better go to and buy them before New Year’s – the whole nature of fukubukuro is that you don’t know what you bought until you open it, and you might get a sack of cows or ferrets or ground sloths instead…

    • I will take my chances with a sack of cows or ferrets or ground sloths! is a genius idea. I don’t know what I want, of course, so I should just tell them what the budget is and pretend it’s fukubukuro.

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