Soaring food prices, extreme storms, added air conditioning: we all know the effects of our globe's rising temperatures. But what about cultural changes? Japanese men are turning to the parasol (or "higasa"), a typically female accessory, because of the extreme heat that Japan has been experiencing. And they need not worry about starting to look like Mrs. Doubtfire: retailers sell parasols not just in pink, beige, and white, but also blue, gray, and green. They also offer larger sizes. Now there's an sun-shielding umbrella you can feel manly about.
Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
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