‘Green curtains’ surge in face of power shortage via The Japan Times

Sales of “Green curtain” gardening kits are surging, shoppers are buying clothes designed to help them stay cool and a pizzeria owner is losing weight as Tokyo residents brace for a summer with less air conditioning.

Sales of gear to grow “goya” gourd vines that provide shade for buildings have jumped ninefold this year at Rakuten Inc., the nation’s largest online retailer.

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