Magic Umbrella

Yesterday when my phone’s weather app completely failed to warn me that as soon as I stepped off the train I would be assailed with buckets of rain and Dorothy-Goes-To-Oz wind, I could have used this fine product.

It’s plain pink until it gets wet, then the cherry blossom pattern appears! (Brilliant display outside this little shop on the Koshinzuka shopping street too – see the spray bottle? Everybody who passed by had to see what happened when the umbrella got wet.)

If you’d like to visit the market on Koshinzuka Street the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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