Japanese people sure love their face masks. The first time I came to Japan, I was mildly terrified because of the swarms of people wearing white surgical masks. I thought there was some sort of outbreak.
My whole first year in Japan, I tried really had to adapt and wear the masks too, when I was coughing, sneezing, or otherwise sick… but I found them incredibly uncomfortable and almost useless. They didn’t help my sore throat and often caused my glasses to fog up.
Something changed my second year. I don’t know what.
But now I love these surgical masks. Every time I travel back to America, I pack a couple of them for the flight (and just in case I get sick).
I find them very comfortable and very useful. Actually, my friend Lisa wrote a guest post about why she loves Japanese face masks a couple months ago – and I agree with everything she wrote.