Japanese parasols were frequently used in traditional Japanese settings as shelter from the sun. Frequently, traditional Japanese art will feature Geisha walking through the streets of Tokyo or other Japanese cities holding a parasol.
Though their use has dwindled considerably in modern times, Japan’s firm grip on its heritage and past ensures that passers-by on the streets of Japan can occasional spot a woman or even a man using a parasol.
These parasols can range from plain to ornate, depending on who the owner is and the primary use of the parasol. More affluent persons would usually have larger, more detailed one that featured symmetrical paintings of natural scenery and animals such as dragons, tigers, and hawks. They are typically made of a wooden frame and covered with a cloth that is fabricated from bark and bamboo that grows native to Japan.
Many Japanese parasols do not close down upon themselves like the modern umbrella, though some do. Many theater and movie productions that feature Japanese women will portray them standing with a parasol partially hiding their faces, mostly as a means of giving the characters dignity or accentuating the ideology of quiet respect.