Saturday, July 16, 2016

Umbrella Condom

장마 (jangma) is here. Jangma is the East Asian Monsoon, which typically arrives in Korea in mid-June, moving north to hit Seoul around a month later. The last few years we haven't had much in the way of the typical monsoon, but this year looks to be different--today was the third good day of rain in the last couple of weeks.

As you can see in the pic above, next to the door of my local coffee shop, there is a trash can used as an umbrella stand. This is a pretty standard way all over the world to store umbrellas and keep them from dripping on the floor.

Another method for preventing umbrellas from dripping is the "wet umbrella packing device" most widely used in Korea and Japan. I took photos of two of them today, first the one outside McDonald's where I had breakfast, the second in the lobby of my building. They usually have a trash or recycling can next to them to dispose of the bag as you leave.

And here's what it looks like in use. Very clever.

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