A helpful reader has sent me a couple of photos demonstrating that far from being obsolete, the expression aiaigasa (相合傘 - sharing an umbrella) which popped up in yesterday's post, is thriving in its incarnation as a youthful declaration of love:
Believe it or not, this one is still alive and kicking. Young kids carve little umbrellas into wood and put their initials underneath it, in much the same way that we do with initials and hearts back home. I saw fresh aiaigasas as recently as this New Years (drawn onto dirty glass). I took some pictures which I'll share with you. It's mostly elementary kids and jr. high schoolers who do this. Some joker put "ika" and "tako" under one. Enjoy!