I’ve cherished the REI's folding umbrella for a while now.
You rarely find something that big in Japan. The hand grip is also quite good. And when it’s windy too, this is really recommended.
Since mine was worn out from over use I had it made spick and span this time but because there was a business trip to the US next month I couldn't wait.
I bought a slightly small Travel Umbrella this time and keep in my bag for when it’s not seriously raining.