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Monsoon Season, Lock ‘n Load


It’s tsuyu season in Japan right now, which pretty much means all rain, all the time. (Not to be confused with typhoon season, which is all rain, RIGHT NOW.) Both seasons require industrial strength anti-wetness gear, and what could be more dedicated to staying dry through relentless rain (and the diabolical wind it rode in on) than the Unbrella?

Specially designed to not only resist being blown inside out just far enough away from your front door to get a thorough soaking, no matter how fast you run (that’s where it always happens, trust me on this), its patented design sends the message to other sufferers that you are so serious about staying dry, you’re willing to look like one of those guys riding ergonomic reclining bikes (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) to prove it.

Comes in many colors!
Comes in many colors of…blue!

I saw these at (where else?) that purveyor of the weird and wonderful, the Tokyu Hands store in ShibuyaIf you’d like to visit Tokyu Hands the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Jonelle Patrick View All

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!

4 thoughts on “Monsoon Season, Lock ‘n Load Leave a comment

  1. Hmmm. Makes sense though. We have strong winds where I live, especially during hurricane season and I’ve lost many an umbrella to Kung Fu winds. I would definitely invest in this and give it a shot.

    • If you do, tell me how it works! It really is a problem, I know, and the only thing I’ve figured out to do about it is curse loudly when a gust of wind blows out my umbrella and I get drenched. Whenever there’s a typhoon in Japan the TV weather channel cameramen run around in the downpour, looking for action shots of peoples’ umbrellas getting trashed by the wind. (That, and rows of children on school trips sitting by the side of the bullet train tracks, waiting for the trains to start running again AIEEEE the poor teachers!)

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