The Great White Hope: UV-Cut Gloves


In my March 19 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about the popularity in Japan of white gloves. As I explained, although white work gloves are widely used in many professions, they are no longer even made in Japan. Domestic manufacturers now focus on specialty products such as thermal sports gloves and high-quality golf gloves.

The current darling of the domestic industry, because it’s created a whole new market for gloves in the summer, is the UV-cut glove, which supposedly protects the hands from UV rays. Japanese are very conscious of skin care and both men and women make efforts to stay out of the sun.


So just in time for spring and summer, here’s an example of the trendy UV-cut glove, this one made from a reflective nylon material called X-Static. It comes in ever-popular white as well as black and is even Smart-Phone compatible.


The links above are for Amazon Japan because of all the shopping sites in Japan, I think Amazon is relatively easy for foreigners to use.

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3 Responses to The Great White Hope: UV-Cut Gloves

  1. Allan Murphy says:

    Glovely! Thank you for looking into that. In addition to adding to Beatles lore, the single product history / evolution is also very interesting.

  2. Alain says:

    Thanks a lot for the whole blog, I just took the time to go through it and it is full of great findings and stories. I especially liked the articles on traditionnal elements such as the making of Nori. Thanks a lot for sharing all that on top of your columns, both are great. I hope you’ll keep going on and wish you the best.

  3. Emily Parvin says:

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