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Photo Journal: Soaking up the sun


Traditional Japanese umbrellas make use of the sunlight before the rainy season to dry at the "Shuka" umbrella studio in the city of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, on May 27, 2017. Colorful rain, sun, and festival umbrellas, mostly with 80-centimeter handles and a diameter of 110 centimeters, fill the small yard. The outer surface of the traditional Japanese paper of the umbrellas is painted with perilla oil and must dry for a period of 10 days to two weeks until they become strong and water-resistant. Making one umbrella from Japanese paper and bamboo takes four people and two months to complete, with Shuka shipping roughly 300 umbrellas a year. (Mainichi)

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