In Cold or Hay Fever Season, it’s Kowa Clean Line Time

Surgical masks are popularly worn by the general public all year round in East Asian countries like China, Japan and South Korea to reduce the chance of spreading airborne diseases to others, and to prevent the breathing in of airborne dust particles created by air pollution.

A cloth face mask is a mask made of common textiles, usually cotton, worn over the mouth and nose. During the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple countries recommended the use of cloth masks to reduce the spread of the virus.

Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave.

Abenomask is a Japanese political word named after [Prime Minister] Shinzo Abe. It is used in Japan [to refer to] the governmental action to give reusable surgical masks for every family [as a response to] the COVID-19 outbreak [and] the surgical mask[s themselves].

仁科 幸子(にしな ゆきこ、1963年9月25日 – )は、 日本の女優、キャスター。CM: コーワ クリーンライン(マスク)(1980年代)

Yukiko Nishina is a Japanese actress and newscaster. [She appeared in a commercial for] Kowa Clean Line Masks in the 1980s.

興和株式会社(こうわ、英称:Kowa Company, Limited)とは、日本の専門商社である。本社は愛知県名古屋市に所在する。

Kowa Company, Limited is a specialized Japanese trading company. Its head office is in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture.

Jun Tokawa Wants to Wash with TOTO’s Washlet

Some toilets in Japan are more elaborate than toilets commonly found in other developed nations. The current state of the art for Western-style toilets in Japan is the bidet toilet, which, as of March 2016, is installed in 81% of Japanese households.

Washlet (ウォシュレット, Woshuretto) is a registered trademark of the Japanese toilet company Toto, used for their line of cleansing toilet seats with water spray feature for genital and anal cleansing.

Toto Ltd. (TOTO株式会社, Tōtō Kabushiki-gaisha), stylized as TOTO, is the world’s largest toilet manufacturer. It was founded in 1917, and is known for developing the Washlet and derivative products.

Jun Togawa (戸川純, Togawa Jun, born 31 March 1961) is a Japanese singer, musician and actress.

Snow Monkeys Relax in Hell Valley Hot Springs

Japanese macaques at Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano have become notable for their winter visits to the spa.

Jigokudani Monkey Park is famous for its large population of wild Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata), more commonly referred to as snow monkeys, that go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months. The monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest to sit in the warm waters of the onsen (hotsprings), and return to the security of the forests in the evenings.

The customs and practices observed differ depending on the hot spring. It is common practice that bathers should wash before entering the water so as not to contaminate the water (with/without soap). In many countries, like Japan, it is required to enter the hot spring with no clothes on, including swimwear.

[Nagano Prefecture‘s] mountains have made it relatively isolated, and many visitors come to Nagano for its mountain resorts and hot springs.