This looks like a very simple plastic umbrella selling at any convenient store which costs 300 yen ($3.75US) or so. No, it is not like that cheap one. Can you imagine that it sells for 8400 yen (US $107)?
This is a very special plastic umbrella. How special it is ?
If you’ve ever seen footage of the Japanese Empress Michiko holding an umbrella over her shoulder on a rainy day, you might find yourself in awe of how gracefully she pulls it off.
We are talking about the specially crafted parasols by White Rose Co, founded in 18th century in Japan. The simple looking plastic umbrellas have been developed using the 300 years of experience. The Imperial House as well as politician in Japan use specially made umbrellas from the makers of the first plastic umbrellas in the world.
You will never find the Empress struggling to open her umbrella or even hold it steady in windy downpours. This is because they are made using a special triple layered material. This keeps the umbrella clean when wet and each sheet is specifically attached to the ribs in such a way that, when it’s open, greatly reduces the drag caused by wind.
The plastic is attached to the ribs so that wind will pass through the inside but rain won't come in the outside.
“The plastic umbrellas that you’d buy in places like convenience stores use a simple sheet of material, but we use a special triple layered material. It keeps clean when wet, not sticky. The sheet is specifically attached to the ribs in such a way that, when it’s open, greatly reduces the drag caused by wind. When Empress Michiko slings her umbrella over her shoulder she doesn’t have to struggle with the wind blowing into it.”
These exclusive umbrellas are now available to the general public !!
Are you interested in this umbrella ? It would be interesting to see how well they hold up to windy days.
You will see Japanese craftsmanship even in plastic umbrella technologies !