Over the past few days a slow moving typhoon has bought unending rain to Tokyo, but most cyclists are prepared as June is traditionally the rainy season in Japan. In the weeks leading up to today stores around the country have been pushing wet weather goods in anticipation of the wet season.
Japanese cyclists use many methods to keep dry including rain ponchos or waterproof jackets and pants. The dangerous (and technically illegal) practise of cycling one handed while holding an umbrella remains ever popular, with Japanese police doing little to stamp out the practise.
|Cyclists battling the elements in Tokyo.|
|A page from a department store catalogue advertising rain wear for cyclists.|
|Cyclist wait patiently in the rain for a commuter train to pass.|
|Cycling while holding an umbrella is punishable by a Y50,000 fine. Police rarely enforce this and cycling with an umbrella is widely practised all around Japan.|
|Ponchos! Another popular way to stay dry while cycling in the Japanese rainy season.|
|Waterproof jacket and pants. The ultimate way to stay dry in the bicycle but with the high humidity inside is like a sauna.|