Japan, being prone to a rainy season, typhoons, and a lot of general wetness, bestows a lot of attention to the management and general care of the umbrella. In fact, the Things Japanese series started out with umbrella-related gadgets. The umbrella topic was actually revisited another time, and yet we are not at an end. Japan has something else for us in store, namely the electronic umbrella dispenser! Discovered in a hotel lobby, this imposing contraption is waiting to help out the distressed hotel guest. No more awkward begging for an umbrella at the front desk. Japanese ingenuity has been able to replace yet another human interaction with operating a machine.