Q Why is laundry hung outside to dry?

A A Japanese housewife, upon her move to a house in Los Angels because of her husband's transfer, strung clothes lines in her spacious yard to hang up her big load of laundry to dry. She was bewildered by a complaint made by her neighbor. There are no fences around a typical American house and there are people who place importance on the surrounding scenery and take it into consideration when buying a house. This is a concept alien to the Japanese.

In Japan, hanging laundry out in the open to dry under the sun has been the norm and looked upon as the best way to dry laundry. On clear days, yards of houses and verandas of condominiums are fully decked out with laundry and with not one complaint made.

In a small country like Japan, having ample living space is the best one could possibly hope for. There is no space for a laundry room equipped with a large dryer. The only recourse is to hang it outside. Recently, a growing awareness of the surrounding environment in Japan has caused the Japanese to hang their laundry in a lower position than the veranda ledge of their condominium.

American might think hanging underwear in the open for all to see is out of the question. Women living alone, for safe-ty, have now abandoned this practice. Along with the change in the living environment, the time has now come for the Japanese to devise other ways of drying their laundry.