flu season

6 Reasons Japanese People Often Wear Surgical Masks

Why do Japanese people always wear surgical masks? Many visitors coming to Japan for the first time have asked this question. Used to seeing masks only in hospitals, they have wondered why in Japan they seem to be a common item for everyone. Simple white surgical masks have always been sold in every convenience store…
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Masks Out: Winter has come so Beware of the Flu!

If you’re visiting Tokyo this winter you may be alarmed by how many people are wearing surgical masks like a scene from 28 Days Later. Don’t worry, the apocalypse isn’t coming. They either just have a cold or are protecting themselves from catching one. Why? jp.fotolia.com/ As the temperature in Tokyo starts to fall, the…

5 Japanese Ways to Avoid the Flu!

Influenza season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Firstly, the flu shot is all controversial and such, but is quite cheap in Japan at a variety of clinics, ranging from 2000 Yen to 5000 Yen. What else can you do to avoid getting the bug? Lots! Welcome to prevention, the Japanese way! Remember, Japan…