As I mentioned recently, everyone in Japan hangs their washing out to dry. As far as I can tell, anyway--I've never seen a house or apartment without some kind of apparatus (usually several) set up outside for hanging laundry. In-ground poles are uncommon since most people don't have a yard, so most laundry-hangers are movable and made of plastic or metal. Many of the plastic variety are small, meant for little things like socks and unmentionables, and have built-in clips. We have a few of these (not pictured), but they're pretty much falling apart because a) they're plastic and have been out in the elements for a couple of years and b) they cost 100 yen (basically a dollar) and were likely made in China.
Anyway, we've never sprung for a larger, mobile pole set-up that's meant to be outside (looks like a heavy-duty clothes rack--we have a smaller one indoors), which would probably live on our lower patio; instead, Husband strung a couple of ropes on the upper deck, and we've bought cute, colorful clips to keep me happy while I hang things out.
So what's on the line today? Two pairs of men's underwear (sorry, Husband); my two colorful, summer-weight pairs of Sweetgrass hemp pants which will direly need ironing; the inside-out jersey of the cutest baseball player I know; an apron worn not by me; a pair of Husband's jeans; and assorted items belonging to Clotheshorse First Child, who may or may not have actually worn said items before throwing them on the floor.
If you like clotheslines, be sure to visit Mrs. Washalot's treasure-trove of photos and info. Enjoy!