No heartwarming anime-style artwork here, as these masks make the wearer look like a very large, very real cat.
You’re going to look ridiculous, but that didn’t stop these ladies on the subway. But we wonder who gave them the idea…
In Japan, it’s quite a common sight to see people walking around or going to work wearing surgical masks. The reason is so they don’t spread germs to others, or potentially catch others’ germs, and they’re all over the place this time of year when people tend to get colds.
However there’s another reason you might see women wearing a surgical mask: research from Hokkaido University says that wearing a mask makes a woman appear significantly more attractive. And if they’re wearing a pink mask, then they basically turn into a supermodel.
We recently ran down a number of reasons why so many people in Japan will strap on a surgical mask even if they aren’t feeling sick. One of the most common reasons is that for women, slipping on a mask is less of a hassle then carefully applying makeup, but the cultural phenomena of perfectly healthy Japanese wearing masks isn’t strictly a female thing.
Today, we present the testosterone-packed follow-up to our previous report, as we explore why healthy Japanese men wear masks.