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Wet weather has prompted otaku to consider the merits of ita-umbrellas (“ita-kasa” or “ita-gasa”), which as their name suggests are umbrellas with anime designs, though as with other public displays of otaku identity there is some resistance.

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On the other hand, they may have some advantages over normal umbrellas – some observers have wryly commented that “at least nobody will want to steal it” and “it’s an excellent theft countermeasure.”


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