Published on Monday, 21 September 2015 00:00
Written by Cheryl Teo Kai Lin
Asians use umbrellas rain or shine to protect themselves from the rain and the sun's UV rays, so umbrellas are basically a staple in every Asian household. And of course, we can leave it up to Japan to create some of the cutest umbrellas that works in both rainy and sunny conditions. When they are used to shelter you from the sun, they look like plain ol' ordinary solid coloured umbrellas, but when it rains, the umbrellas reveal beautiful secret patterns!
Utilizing a combination of water repellent and absorbent coatings, the technology behind these umbrellas has been embraced by a wide variety of manufacturers who create many different designs, includings ones with traditional Japanese motifs or pop-culture characters. Some of them even reveal colors when they are wet! As these umbrellas originate from Japan, they are slightly different from their Western counterparts in that they have far more ribs. However you need not travel to the Land of the Rising Sun to get one of these unique umbrellas, you can simply purchase them online on Amazon here
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