File this one under “Objects that I need immediately despite not knowing that they existed until yesterday.”
So, the rainy season is upon us here in Japan, and as the raindrops fall gently outside my window (Is there any more relaxing sound?) my mind wanders to my umbrella. Heaven forbid you should get caught in a downpour without an umbrella–as soon as the clouds start to open all the combinis and departments stores instantly wheel out their portable brolly displays, full of products raining from ¥100 to ¥10,000 and more.
I tend to lose my umbrellas (I consider them donations to the great karmic cycle of umbrellas–sometimes they enter your life, sometimes they leave your life) so I usually go for the cheaper end of the scale. Sean prefers the fancier stock, carbon fiber this and wind-proof that, saying that it will last longer and provide better coverage. He would prefer to buy 1 nice umbrella rather than 10 cheap ones, whereas I’d prefer to buy 10 cheap ones rather than lose 10 nice ones.
This umbrella, however, might just change my mind. It’s a pretty simple idea, but just plain nifty. When it gets wet, a pretty pattern magically appears. Using a combination of water repellent and water absorbent areas, the pattern only appears with the application of water (something that umbrellas tend to see a lot of, of course.) How cool is that? Isn’t it pretty?
Simple, elegant, and lovely. They aren’t even that expensive, either–one on Rakuten will only set you back about ¥3000 or a bit over $30. That’s less expensive than half of the umbrellas in this house!
The magic in action:
Cheers to TokyoBounce for pointing out yet another product that I must have!