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Rainy Days Cause Laundry Blues

Date Posted: 2000-03-10

Unusually wet weather has been prevalent in Okinawa for over a month, causing much headache among housewives who find it an exasperating struggle to get their laundry dry. This is due to the fact that very few homes here have laundry dryers. According to Okinawa Meteorological Bureau, Okinawa saw only 3.3 hours of sunshine within the past week.

Housewives have been forced to take their laundry to coin-operated self-service Laundromats. Typical Okinawan coin-laundry has eight to ten machines and they are open 24 hours a day. Because of the rainy weather, the facilities are almost always full with people waiting for their turn. It is also considered rather costly by most Okinawans. A load of laundry takes 30 minutes to wash and costs •100. Drying the same takes 20 minutes at the cost of •100.

But what is one personís trouble is anotherís boon. Coin laundromat owners are smiling all the way to the bank these days. ďMy Laundromat has never been used so much, except during the rainy seasons, and that is still ahead of us in May and June. The weather this year is really exceptional, but I donít complain. I have had my place full of customers since the beginning of February,Ē a happy looking vendor stated.

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