Summer in Japan can be brutal! In recent years, many in Japan have started using summertime parasols to protect themselves from the heat and harsh rays of the sun. And when it isn’t hot, it’s probably raining, further bringing down the mood! That's why everyone needs a stylish, elegant umbrella. In this article, we’ll be introducing 10 Japanese umbrellas that are beautifully designed, highly functional, and easy to use. We will also be scoring them based on price, usefulness, and other factors, to help you choose which one is best suited to your needs.
1. Umbrella Japanese Samurai & Ninja Sword - Katana Black (Crest Ver.)
This umbrella has been modeled after the katana, the famous weapon of the samurai. While its elongated handle may feel a little inconvenient, the unique and clever design more than makes up for it. You’ll surely be waiting impatiently for the next rainy day to use this!
The highlight of this umbrella is its nylon fiber material, which dries fast, is resistant to rust, and doesn’t wrinkle easily. It also makes it possible to use the umbrella as a sun parasol.
2. Cool Lemon Samurai Katana Master Sword Hilt Handle Folding Umbrella, Black Glue Anti UV, Business Birthday Gift for Men
Those who like the idea of a katana-shaped umbrella will greatly enjoy this item. This folding umbrella features an even more realistic-looking handle and a samurai family crest (an important symbol of dignity for samurai families) to give it that extra authentic look. The fabric is high-density PG cloth, which requires only a few shakes to dry off.
The umbrella also comes with a full money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your purchase or if the item arrives damaged.
3. AloveTree Kids Folding Umbrella Automatic Open Cartoon Travel Umbrella Compact Windproof for Girls Boys
This children’s umbrella features characters from the hit Pokémon series. But don’t let that fool you: this item is very durable and is able to withstand harsh rains and fierce winds. It’s also very easy for children to operate, as all it takes is the push of a button to open it. The shaft is chrome-plated to protect it from rust or electric shocks, and thanks to the umbrella’s small size (28 cm/330 g), it is very easy to carry around.
4. HangWang Umbrella Spiral Galaxy Travel Golf Sun Rain Windproof Umbrellas with UV Protection
The design of this umbrella is inspired by the patterns of traditional Japanese fans. Thanks to the Teflon coating that blocks 95% of UV rays and keeps water away, the umbrella can be used on both rainy and sunny days. The coating also makes it dirt-resistant.
In addition, the handle also uses rubber to increase grip, and thanks to the handy strap, you can easily carry the umbrella with you on your finger and store it on a hook.
5. UK Designed—Balios Prestige Walking Stick Umbrella—Bamboo Handle—Double Canopy (Dark Navy)
This simple yet high-quality umbrella features eight thick ribs that make it resistant to fierce winds. This guarantees that even if the umbrella gets flipped inside out, you’ll be able to quickly fix it without any damage.
The handle is made from natural Asian whangee bamboo, which adds an extra layer of elegance to the umbrella. The item is available in seven colors, so you can choose one that’s right for you.
* Black no longer available.
6. PARASOL STAR BLUE | WASHINO PRINT FACTORY | HAND PRINTING
This parasol is the work of Washino Dyeing Factory, a traditional business founded in 1967 in Kyoto that specializes in the dyeing of fabric for umbrellas, clothing, swimwear, and bags.
The company uses the “tenassen” printing technique whereby each color is carefully applied one at a time by hand. This results in exquisite patterns that simply can’t be replicated by machines. This item only works as a parasol but on a scorching day, you’ll be more than glad to have it!
7. KTSWP Rain Windproof Umbrella Japanese Style Women Clear Sun Umbrella UV Protection Large Folding Umbrella Female UPF50+
This elegant folding umbrella features a pleasing flower petal design. Opening at just the push of a button, it’s also very easy to use. It also boasts a framework made from fiberglass, which is a highly resilient yet flexible mixture of glass fibers and plastic. That’s why, even if the umbrella gets flipped inside out, you’ll be able to quickly fix it without any damage.
8. IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD AGENCY PURVEYOR "GENTLEMAN" UMBRELLA TRAD 16 LONG CARBON (DARK BLUE)
This umbrella is the work of Maehara Koei Shoten, a company founded in 1948 in Tokyo which specializes in developing umbrellas made from high-quality natural materials like silk and wood. Today, they are one of Japan’s most famous umbrella manufacturers, with their products being adored by many high-profile people, including members of the Imperial Household.
This particular umbrella has the perfect size-to-weight ratio, and features 16 carbon ribs that make it especially durable. Combine that with the exquisitely textured, sophisticated oak handle and chic coloring and you end up with an item pairing perfectly with any fashion!
9. GENTLEMAN UMBRELLA DICE FOLDING (BROWN)
Featuring a reduced weight and size along with a smooth opening mechanism, this classy folding umbrella is another work of Maehara Koei Shoten. The sewing on this piece is the work of master craftspeople and is perfect down to the millimeter, so you can open and close the umbrella hundreds of times without damaging the fabric.
The classy yet warm coloring is another highlight - open it on a gloomy day and see if it doesn’t lift your spirits!
10. Reverse Umbrella, Japanese Pink Beautiful Cherry Blossom Inverted Umbrella,UV Protection Windproof Umbrella C-Shaped Handle Double Layer
The flowery design of this gorgeous umbrella is intended to fill one with the charm of springtime in Japan. The wet part of the umbrella is designed to fold inside, making sure that no water gets on your hands or clothes when you close it. Additionally, the C-shaped handle makes it easy to hang the umbrella on your wrist or arm.
The two-ply fabric blocks the harshest of UV rays, making it the perfect sun parasol.
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.