Caught in the rain...

Good morning everyone,

Did any of  you get caught in the rain yesterday? You wouldn't think I would (because I write about the weather in my blog every morning)...but I did. Well, it isn't that I didn't know it was going to rain, it's just that I forgot to pack my rain gear. The good news is that today and tomorrow are looking nice, albeit a bit cool and it's now looking like we may see some rain on Sunday with a high of only 16C. Then it's going to get back up to around 20C by Tuesday along with mostly sunny skies.

So, what do you do when it's pouring rain and you don't have any rainwear and you have to get to Kokutaiji, then Ujina, and then back to Koi?

The way I looked at it was that I basically had four choices:

1) Don't do anything-just ride my bike to Kokutaiji and get there drenched to the bone. Not a realistic option...

2) Use an umbrella and walk or ride. If it had been just light rain I might have considered it, but it was absolutely pouring rain...not to mention that carrying your umbrella while walking would have taken way too long and riding while holding an umbrella is against the law. So, this wasn't really an option either.

3) Take a taxi. Well, if it had been just to Kokutaiji and back, I would have considered it, but seeing as I had to get to Ujina and then to Koi, it would have cost me at least Y4,000 and probably a fair bit more. That's way too expensive for me!

4) Buy some rain gear. Seeing as I already have rainwear at home, buying gear from Daiso seemed like my only option...so I did.

I got a jacket...
daiso rain coat   
and pants...
daiso rain pants

The jacket held up reasonably well despite the fact that it was raining really hard. The only downside with the jacket is that the buttons are too far apart, so if it's even a bit windy as well, the rain blows through the gaps between the snaps.

The pants, on the other hand, were a total bust. On the package, they claim that they are ok for using while on your bicycle, but the crotch tore out of them before I even got to Andersen, which means they lasted for less than 2 or 3 minutes. When I got to Epoca Kids Club, it looked like I had peed my pants! Not a good look with 10 kids there...ha ha! So, I had to spend a few minutes drying off my pants and trying to patch up the rain pants for the ride to Ujina.

I got my pants dry and the patch on my rain pants, but the patch lasted only slightly longer than the original pants and my crotch was soaked again when I got to my business class in Ujina. Luckily, I don't really stand up too much at that class, so I could sit until they dried off enough that I didn't look like I had a big pee stain...again! Ha ha!

If you ever need to buy a rain jacket and pants at Daiso, they're probably worth it for the Y100 (each) as long as...and I can't stress this enough...as long as you have no intention of riding a bike while wearing them.

The good news is that it had stopped raining by the time the business class had finished and I rode home in relative comfort...except for the half litre of water sloshing around in each of my shoes. I think it'll be about a week or so before they completely dry out. They might be ruined actually. To be honest, I've been wearing the same shoes every day for the last 6 years or so, so it is probably time to get a new pair anyway.

Have a great day!


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