Top 5 ¥100 Shop Products for a Rainy Day
One of my favorite poets, Maya Angelou, said that she could ‘tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights‘. It’s only the first week of December and while I’ve yet to deal with Christmas lights, I feel that this rainy Osaka day might come to test my character. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the rain. Nor am I a Pluviophile (a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days) – I recently learned this word and have been excited to use it. If anything, I just find rain to be super inconvenient. Soggy shoes, wet pant legs, spatially unaware people bopping me on the head with their umbrellas, forgetting my own umbrella, the list goes on. Luckily on a recent trip to the magical land of the ¥100 Shop, I made a discovery. These shops contain some pretty amazing rain accoutrements! I might even go as far to say that, with these products I (and hopefully you) might even enjoy rain (or at least more easily tolerate it).
So without further adieu, here are my Top 5 rainy day buys:
Umbrella Grip Covers
Just like it claims on the package, the cover does ‘make the grip cute!!’. While I appreciate the kawaii-ness factor, I like my stripy grip for it’s practicality. With it, I am no longer accidentally swiping someone else’s clear umbrella from the holder outside of the convenience store. It also adds a bit of cushion and makes it easier to hold.
Kasappi Umbrella Stickers
Like the grip covers, the umbrella stickers help to add a little personal flair and ID to plain umbrellas. Also, come on, who doesn’t like constellations? (note: these stickers are likely to be closest thing you’ll get to seeing a constellation in Osaka) They are also cool because they’re made in Japan.
I usually use a big clear umbrella for more heavy rain or when I’m biking. However, on days when it’s only sprinkling, I prefer a compact umbrella. This pouch solves the ever-so-annoying problem of what to do with your damp umbrella once you go inside. Because the pouch is made of an absorbent towel material on the inside and a nylon material on the outside its perfect for keeping your umbrella from soaking the inside of your bag. Also, it doubles as a water bottle pouch. Yeah! Two for the price of one!
This suitcase cover comes in a handy little bag. It’s super easy to tuck inside the front pocket of your baggage and save for a rainy day. The top of the cover has a section to slide your suitcase handle through. Although, I recently updated to a hard case, prior to that, I often used this cover to protect my soft-top luggage and all the items inside it.
Rain Pen Case
Ok, ok, so this one doesn’t make rainy days any more convenient. But it’s cute. And it has a rain cloud on it. AND, it cares how I’m doing. It makes the list.
Where to buy?
The Umbrella Grip Cover and Rain Pen Case came from Daiso.
The Kasappi Stickers and Umbrella Pouch are from Can Do.
The Suitcase Cover is from meets.