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Fastidious face covers

This weekend I encountered another level of Japanese change room etiquette and a socially acceptable way of covering your face rolled into one. (more…)

Face masks web traffic spike

When I was in Melbourne last week, I distributed a few Japanese face masks to my friends – mainly to try and goad them into embarrassing themselves wearing them around town (and hopefully not set off any security alerts…).  (more…)

Trend Hunter reviews Mechakucha

The Trend Hunter website has found a new emerging trend: foreigners in Japan who wear face masks.  And it’s more true than used to be the case – I’ve seen plenty of foreigners this winter wearing masks.  Maybe on doctor’s orders like me the other week, or maybe it’s really catching on.  I expected people to stare at the funny foreigner wearing the mask, but nobody flinched – except some foreign tourists I walked past in Shibuya. (more…)

At home with the flu

I should have known that writing a post comparing surgical masks would have been a prophetic prediction of things to come – I’m currently at home with the flu.  I even finished it off with “Watch out office, here I come on Monday”.  I should have said Tuesday, as I was only one day out… (more…)

A first-timer’s guide to Japanese surgical face masks

Everyone’s sniffling, snuffling and snorting their way through winter, and it seems that much of the population of Tokyo is wearing a surgical face mask to keep their colds to themselves, or protect themselves from catching a nasty bug.  I decided to try some masks out for myself, so went down to my local convenience store this evening and bought some different models for evaluation purposes. (more…)