No comment needed!
It is not raining, it is simply the popular umbrella in Japan, protecting you from the UV.
Most of Japanese women carry them because, unlike European women, Asian women refuse to have tanned skins and do anything to protect their “white” colour.
But today it was so cloudy that not even a single ray of sun was there, so why the umbrella???
Maybe even the eventuality of seeing the sun is enough! ===> Seriously? -__-”
That woman that I have never seen in my life, was sleeping, like most Japanese people do in the trains, and her head kept falling on my shoulder (which is also very usual in Japan, sometimes there are hilarious scenes!).
I couldn’t do much about that, I kept moving my shoulder, (and sometimes I even faked getting up) but without any result, she was barely lifting her head and the second after that, simply came back to that cosy position XD
I stopped trying and took a picture instead
仕方がない (Shigata ga nai / It can’t be helped)
This “it can’t be helped” mind set may be an explanation why Japanese have this great ability to NEVER complain.
Everything is simply “Shigata ga nai” or “shō ga nai (しょうがない)”. A long wait, a bad situation at work (e.g. a bad working atmosphere), … all of those can’t be helped so why complain? Just deal with it.
It is very debatable whether this is a good or a bad thing.
Good because it makes people just go on, bad because somehow it makes you not seek for “better”. (for one’s sake)
Japanese culture, so unique, right?