You can stand under my umbrella… Ay ay ay ay
For the Japanese culture, an umbrella MUST be a staple item in your wardrobe. From almost the moment we landed in Japan until day three it was raining. Everywhere we went there was a sea of umbrellas to shield from an ALL day rain (no exaggerations). From the time we rise for the day until bed time there was rain.
With the sidewalks of Japan being so small or uneven there is what I would call, “battle of the umbrellas.” When traveling up and down the streets of Japan I was always cautious of running into someone else’s umbrella so you would have to put your umbrella above there’s to avoid hitting. The main umbrellas seen in the Tokyo area were the clear umbrellas, which I love. It allows you to see what’s in front of you without raising your umbrella to see what’s coming.
They also use umbrellas when it’s not raining. These are called parasols and they protect you from the blazing sun when it is not raining. From my experience in the U.S., I see people struggling with “normal” umbrellas making sure not to run into anyone and make it to class on time. Here in Japan, people move so effortlessly around the city with umbrellas, it’s like a second nature to them.