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As you walk down the streets of Japan, especially in busier cities like Tokyo and Osaka, you may encounter some people wearing white surgical masks. In fact, you may actually see quite a few people with these masks covering their faces. Your first thought may be that they are sick, and you may be right. The Japanese often wear masks to be considerate of others when they are sick to prevent spreading germs. In some cases, people may wear the masks as a means to prevent getting sick. Due to the highly populated nature of Japan's larger cities, germs can easily spread at train stations, on buses, or in crowded districts. Therefore, using a mask helps prevent catching an unwanted virus.
Nowadays, it's becoming more common to see masks with special designs on them. Some basic designs include basic plaid or floral prints, while other masks work with anime and manga licenses to feature characters and recognizable mascots. These unique masks make for a great reminder of your vacation in Japan, and can be picked up for a reasonable price at most 100 yen stores or convenience stores.
If you're worried about getting sick while on vacation with Japan Deluxe Tours, ask your tour guide where you can pick up a nifty mask to keep the germs out and the good times going.
Mix of old and new, Many Historical Temples and Beautiful Gardens
Food Town - Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki and more
Visiting Japan can be enjoyable in every season of the year.
100 Yen Shops have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Higher end goods and brands can be found in department stores
Konbini are convenient stores that can be found everywhere in Japan
Famous for its beautiful bamboo grove of Kyoto
Japan's Prominent Landmark; Enjoy a Panoramic View of Tokyo