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Best way for men to beat summer’s brutal heat may be with a parasol

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A parasol can bring some relief on a hot summer day.

Shading oneself from the sun's merciless glare with one has long been a female custom in Japan.

But during the latter half of the Edo Period (1603-1867), some men apparently came to think that they, too, should be allowed to embrace the tradition.

Thus, sporting a white parasol became all the rage among samurai, merchants, tradesmen, and so forth.

But the Edo "Bakufu" government quickly put a stop to this.

According to "Edo Jidai 265-nen Nyusu Jiten" (Encyclopedia of news during the 265 years of the Edo Period), the government banned all males, with the sole exception of doctors, from using a parasol.

The stated reason was to "promote........

© The Asahi Shimbun