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Asian Symbolism - What Umbrella Means to Chinese - umbrella) sound "San" in Chinese. it share the sounds of separation, so giving an umbrella to your loved one is a bad omen. Offering your friend an umbrella means you want the friendship/relationship to be end. Text source: asianwesternroman...

Ein kompliziertes, mehrfarbiges Fadengeflecht stabilisiert und dekoriert gleichzeitig das Gestänge des Wagasa (traditionellen japanischen Papierschirms) / Intricate network made from multicolour strings, stabilizing and decorating the wagasa (traditional japanese umbrella / parasol) at the same time

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UNDER A SCORCHING SUN. THE HOKEY POKEY MAN AND AN INSANE HAWKER OF FISH BY CONNIE DURAND. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON KINDLE.

Do you have that friend that lives where it rains a lot. This would be great, ask them what color their favorite coat is, and match it. I live where it rains quite a bit in the spring, and I like to keep one in the car, one in my husbands car, and the house. So a few are nice to have

So stellt man traditionelle japanische Papierschirme hin - auf den Griff! / That's how you place traditional japanese parasols or umbrellas, when not in use - on the handle!

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Burmese Umbrella/Parasols - Pathein Htee - from Burma. Distinct from the Chinese or the Japanese ones, the bamboo shaft and ribs are carefully smoothened to uniform sizes, and are hinged on to the main shaft by treading twine. Colored cotton, silk or satin is used. Attractive designs of flowers and scenarios are painted thereon with either oil if water colors.

...because this would make a great spring coat!