Up until a few years ago mainly older ladies used parasols in Japan. But recently thanks to a lot of information about the harmful influence of sunlight, a parasol came to be a must-have item for Japanese women both young and old to protect their skins.
And a various kinds of parasols are sold in the stores. One of this year's trendy parasol is a silver one that is said to reflect sunlight and we feel cooler with silver parasol than with other kinds.
This summer I got a silver parasol that has a flower print on the reverse side. It is a light, compact folding umbrella protecting against both sunlight and rain. It is very handy and convenient.
I suppose this is a product of Japanese strong area.