Posts Tagged ‘tsuyu’

For when raindrops keep falling on our heads

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Raindrops keep falling on my head...

A rainy day Inokashira park

Rainy season officially hit Tokyo last week, turning the bright, modern, clean city into a fetid stew of steaming heat. This year has seen temperatures soar above 30 degrees and humidity levels of over 80 percent, making for a decidedly muggy atmosphere. As we do battle with mold, bad hair and body odor, Japan Pulse takes a look at some ingenious products that can help us get through tsuyu (rainy season).

First up is the Eco Spray, which was released on the market this month. When you start to feel the heat, simply squirt yourself with this “magical” spray to cool down. It’s eco friendly because you can simply refill it with water… Er, so what makes this different from a spray you can buy in the 100 yen store? Well, the magical part is that the water is always kept cool. While this spray might provide quick relief, in the long run, it’s only going to add to your personal pong, as anyone who’s been stuck on the Yamanote line recently will attest: Damp sweaty clothes give off a rather unpleasant stench. This is where aroma sprays come in handy. Designed to mask sweaty stench, you can quite literally come up smelling of roses.

How about not getting wet in the first place? While raincoats are a popular option, even for dogs, they can get hot and sticky inside. Fashionable rain ponchos are a more breathable option and we’re loving these rain stoles from Corazon that come printed in super-cute designs.

Not Converses but Cream Puff War rain boots

Not Converses but Cream Puff War rain boots

The humble umbrella is still a firm favorite during the rainy season and a few twists on the conventional design have come out on the market recently. We like the Samurai umbrella, whose handle resembles the hilt of a noble warrior’s sword and the asymmetric design (made for withstanding high winds) of Senz umbrellas from the Netherlands. The Senz brollies are even available to rent for free at Shibuya Parco from this month as part of the Shibukasa campaign. Aimed at decreasing the amount of brollies that get needlessly discarded every year, Shibukasa is a project allowing customers at Shibuya stores to borrow umbrellas for free when there’s a sudden downpour. When you return an umbrella at a participating store you get a ¥50 discount voucher for your honesty. Nice.

Stylish and pricey rainwear abounds, but we really dig the rain boots from Cream Puff Wars, which are a far cry from dorky galoshes. They come in purple, green, polka-dots and your basic black. And you can’t beat the price: ¥2,900.

If you’re still suffering and want to escape the soupy air of Tokyo, try heading north to the cooler climate in Hokkaido. From the start of July JR Hokkaido are offering a seven-day rail pass for only ¥10,000. Hokkaido is the only area of Japan that escapes the rainy season altogether making it my favorite antidote to tsuyu.

RSS

Recent Posts

  • Ginza Cozy Corner takes dessert into hyperdrive with ‘Star Wars’ cakes

    One Japanese confectionary vendor is about to find the Force deep within a sweet tie-up. Ahead of the December release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Ginza Cozy Corner, which has outlets nationwide, has made a line of “Star Wars” sweets that are truly out of this world. The treats themselves are all based on people […]

  • Warning: This viral video of high school girls might make you blush

    Cosmetic company Shiseido has recently uploaded a YouTube video that is blowing viewers’ minds with a bona fide twist. In the promo video, titled “High School Girl? — The Makeup Secrets of High School Girls,” the camera weaves through a classroom full of drop-dead cute young women who pout and wink like true pop idols. […]

  • Sharp dials up the fan service to celebrate 20 years of ‘Evangelion’

    For those who have always dreamed of owning an Evangelion robot, this might be the closest you get. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular “Neon Genesis Evangelion” animated series, Sharp is releasing a special smartphone that pays homage to the show both in the device’s hardware and software. The phone itself is detailed […]

  • Tokyo plugs into Google Play Music

    If you haven’t heard the latest news from Google Play, you may have missed your opportunity to tune into a Google Play Billboard. From Oct. 8-24, music lovers can head over to Shibuya to, literally, plug into a selection of over 3,500 songs. The Google Play Billboard is meant to give visitors a much-needed chance […]

  • J-blip: Ipsa’s Face Melody

    Every face has a name, a story and . . . a song? That’s the idea behind cosmetic company Ipsa’s newest creation. We should, uh, take it at face value, but the company claims that its Face Melody program can measure the user’s appearance and write a unique tune based on their attributes. The application […]

  • Japan celebrates the GIFs that keep on giving

    GIFs — which stands for graphics interchange format, don’t you know — have made the Internet an even more enjoyable place than before, and we have the receipts to prove it. These digital designs were technological wonders back in the days of AOL and Netscape (Google it, kids). But they eventually went from high-tech animation […]

  • Smart absolutions: Send off your sins with just one click

    The two-step method to purification.

  • Attack of the plant hunters, green carnivores and fleshy girls

    Never promised you a rose garden, but how about a fleshy plant or a stag-horn fern?

  • Make 12th-century art using 21st-century tech

    The Choju-Giga, the famed animal caricature ink paintings displayed Kyoto’s Kozan-ji Temple have been captivating people for centuries. The four scrolls, which date to the 12th and 13th centuries and depict rabbits and monkeys getting into mischief, are often cited as the first manga comics in Japan’s history. Now art lovers can create their own […]

  • Fuji Rock bound? Make sure you survive in style

    A few items that will help you stay dry and happy during Fuji Rock Festival’s unpredictable weather.