I was having second thoughts about doing posts about our trip to Japan given the current situation but I realized after yesterday’s post that posting about this great country and its people will be my very own way of paying tribute to how amazing the Japanese are and what their O.C. minds come up with. This is my own way of “donating” (aside from not forwarding unverified rumors on text) as I still haven’t figured out how best to help.
(If you are thinking of donating to relief efforts, please choose wisely and avoid disaster donation scams.)
On our last day in Tokyo, it snowed. Everyone was gearing up for Spring already and the previous days were just lovely. (… well, for them. For us, 8 degrees Celsius was still freezing.) With all our panic from packing, I forgot to bring our travel umbrellas (nice one OC Mom) but our ryokan lent us a nice clear umbrella.
Can I just say that I never thought a clear umbrella was made clear to be functional? (Clueless, much?) I thought it was all aesthetic. It was only in Japan that I realized that you see all around you with a clear umbrella! It keeps you from bumping people on the street. (Yes, we don’t walk around much in Manila, especially in the rain.) It also goes with any outfit! Such a eureka moment from a person who is used to seeing big black golf umbrellas.
Anyway, the clear umbrella isn’t THE amazing find of the day (although it’s pretty cool). The discovery is a pretty simple gadget which we found in almost every building — a contraption that would wrap your umbrella in plastic. In some malls in Manila and Vancouver, they would just give plastic covers for your umbrella by the entrance of the mall but this one takes it a step further and wraps your umbrella for you!
Basically, you close your umbrella, push it downward in the hole, pull it out towards you and voila, it is wrapped in plastic. You get to bring your drip-free umbrella with you and the store will not worry about puddles. (Plus they don’t need to hire a security guard to tag umbrellas with numbers so you can claim it after.)
Am I the last person to see this sort of thing? Am I so weird to think this is really cool? So simple yet so ingenious. (Well, the most interesting inventions are the simplest ones.)
With the way the Japanese minds work, I’m pretty sure they will rebuild their cities in no time.