By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

December 20, 2020

The shared umbrella theme is quite popular in Japanese dramas linking lovers. I think that it’s rather unique to Japanese culture and quite cute.

One of my students wrote about his first experience with the shared umbrella phenomenon in an autobiography he was writing for my class. It was after the end of WWII and he had been shifted from his all-male junior high to a co-ed school. One day, it was raining and a girl from his class invited her to share her umbrella on his way home. He mentioned his excitement and joy at sharing such a close space with a girl! The experience left such an impression on him that he still remembers it to this day!

My first experience with a shared umbrella came soon after I came to Japan. I’d been assigned to teach an on-site lesson at a company in Sakai City. It was pouring down rain and I didn’t have an umbrella (Americans aren’t used to umbrellas and I didn’t buy one until I’d been here almost a month). A worker from the company I was assigned to teach at came to get me at the train station and guide me to her company. It was poring down rain and she and I shared her umbrella to her company. As it turned out, she was the only student I was to teach there since she was in charge of handling the English work at her company. The time we spent under the shared space of her umbrella on the 20-minute walk to her company still remains vivid in my memory some forty years later! The Japanese “shared umbrella” phenomenon is quite real.






English novels by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers