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An umbrella to keep your backpack dry is just the thing we need this rainy season

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By Katie Pask, SoraNews24

Japanese gadget company Thanko has always got our backs when it comes to genius inventions we never knew we needed. Tired of doing the washing up? Check out Thanko’s plate scrubbing robot. No hands free for smart phone gaming on a packed train? Thanko have that covered too. Want to experience zero gravity from the comfort of your own home? Thanks, Thanko.

And now, as the rainy season in Japan is upon us, Thanko has turned its attention to another problem we never knew we needed solving — finding the perfect umbrella.

This isn’t Thanko’s first foray into the world of umbrella inventions — they’ve already brought out a hands-free umbrella hat and a versatile umbrella that turns into a chair. This time, though, they’re focusing on a problem many people face at this time of year; not only keeping their bodies dry, but their backpacks, too.

In the photo above, on the left, a normal umbrella, a drenched backpack and a (probably) unhappy man. On the right, Thanko’s Backpack Guard Umbrella, a bone dry backpack, and an (assumedly) happy guy.

The Backpack Guard Umbrella is a dome-shaped umbrella designed specifically to keep your backpack and its contents dry on a rainy day. The diameter of the umbrella is 100 centimeters, allowing it to fully guard backpacks, even on windy days where the rain might be a bit more unpredictable. When folded up, the umbrella is much longer than normal umbrellas at 88 cm. The length and diameter mean the Backpack Guard is big enough to cover two people, so you can take a lovely rainy day stroll with a friend, like in this picture below.

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And even though the Backpack Guard Umbrella completely covers the upper half of your body, the transparent plastic used at the front of the umbrella means you can still see clearly. The side of the umbrella is a black fabric, obscuring your face from any passers-by.

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The Backpack Guard Umbrella costs 3,190 yen, which some netizens have balked at, considering normal umbrellas can be found at convenience stores around the country for around 500 yen. But what price can you put on a dry back?

“I keep my backpack dry by never leaving the house.”

“As someone who uses backpacks a lot, I really want this!”

“My umbrellas never cover my backpack and my textbooks always end up soaked.”

“On a busy street, I can see this getting in the way and annoying other people.”

“If you use it on a really windy day, you’d end up being blown away.”

“I feel like this was already sold a long time ago. I guess it didn’t sell well then, so I wonder if it’ll be successful this time?”

This umbrella might be the perfect solution to keeping our upper half nice and dry. And as rainy season ends and summer brings with it hot, humid days, Thanko have the perfect umbrella for that, too.

Source: Thanko via Jin

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Way too expensive !

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Am I the only one who hangs their briefcase on the 'hook' of the umbrella when holding it up? Works a treat in keeping your bag dry, and also keeps it up front and centre discouraging driveby (rideby) snatchings.

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@Hillclimber, that’s exactly what I do!

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I just carry a bag cover specifically for rucksacks.

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Hint: visit a golf used-goods shop and buy a golfing umbrella. They're immense.

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A good umbrella, good fabric, well-made frame, last for years costs ¥3000 to ¥5000.

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This reminds me of Dark Helmet from Spaceballs. I need one of these.

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Just buy a better backpack???

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Was about to say - a good backpack is waterproof..

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More crap we don't need that'll end up in land-fill, or broken then tossed roadside, or left at konbini ..... do it the old fashioned way - wear your back-pack on front.

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