Rain, With A Chance Of Laundry


Weather reports in Japan are far more useful than weather reports where I come from: they tell you whether you ought to do laundry or not. Because few people have clothes dryers at home, whether you hang your laundry out to dry on the balcony before you go to school or work is a serious question. The two little shirts on that first line of my weather app told me there was 100% chance of damp laundry by the time I returned, if I hung my stuff up outside. It didn’t need to add that this would result in a greater than average chance of nose-wrinkling mildew odor. And the second line basically says, “Don’t be an idiot. Take your umbrella.”

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

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