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Viramask by Earth Pharmaceutical, image from the Earth Co website
Viramask by Earth Pharmaceutical, image from the Earth Co website

There are many makers of face masks and with the Swine Flu panic they are all seeing booming sales. My local convenience store is regularly running out of stock as people flood in to buy everytime the media reminds them they are in danger.

Now there is a new type of mask. No need to strap this one to your ear lobes to stop it falling off your face, this one actually sticks to your face.

Face mask that sticks to your face. photo by Yomiuri Newspaper
Face mask that sticks to your face. photo by Yomiuri Newspaper

One mask costs YEN 945. The manufacturer, Earth Pharmaceutical (アース製薬) expect to sell about 2,000,000 of these masks by March next year. They will be on sale from September 15, 2009. Expect them to leave the shelves quickly.

Here is a quick video snippet from the morning TV, showing the mask



  1. Seika says

    How do the mask stay on the user’s face ? It sure doesn’t use any adhesive materials right ? And suction sounds impossible. Without anything securing it, it looks like it would falls off when the user talk for example.

    Can’t open the video from office.

    1. shibuya246 says

      the video says that there is a seal to stick it to your face. I have a cold right now but dont think I really need to try this mask out just yet. 🙂

  2. Billy says

    I’m usually scruffy since I can’t stand shaving. Ouch!!

    1. shibuya246 says

      You could get a wax at the same time 😉

  3. whipcracker says

    RT @Shibuya246: New Face Mask, Japan Living | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/AdH Could use one of those,with the way I’m feeling now. 🙁 Yeah now I’ve got a crazy case of something, all the classic flu symptoms. Can’t go to doctor, no insurance.:(

    1. shibuya246 says

      Shall I send Rilakkuma over?

  4. Sathish M says

    what is the special in this rather than others?

    1. shibuya246 says

      Normal ones have straps to hang over your ears which keep the mask on your face. This one actually sticks to your face.

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