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02 2010

Are You All Right without a Parasol?

Different people have different customs.
A Higasa (日傘, a parasol) is one of typical examples.


From the beginning of summer, many Japanese women use a parasol to shield them from UV light. In contrast, those in Western countries, in which a parasol was used some time ago, seem to lack sufficient attention to sunlight though it’s too obvious that UV light causes the long-term damage to the structure of the skin.

I got a perfect tan in my teenage years but quit tanning because of the appearance-damaging effects of UV light. I don’t excessively protect against it, like Michael Jackson. However, I always carry the black higasa in the picture during the summer and avoid direct sunlight.

There are other ways to protect against UV light besides a parasol: for example, sunscreen lotion, hats and long-sleeved clothes. But a higasa is superior to them because it serves the other purpose of giving cool shade.
Yes. It’s tolerably cool under a parasol.

I use a parasol in many beach resorts and Western countries without hesitation.

Let me point out one thing.
I don’t care if your country doesn’t have a parasol culture, but don’t look at me weirdly if I put it up. So what? It’s just a parasol.

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Shouen Uemura (上村松園, 1875 -1949) Claude Monet (1840 – 1926)


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