Convenience stores are very small stores filled with stuff you need on-the-go. In Japan, I was happily surprised to find a whole area filled with masks in every convenience store we saw. (Yup, the saying “a kid in a candy store” comes to mind. Haha) Apparently, these masks are, kind of, a staple in Tokyo.
It is very common to see people walking or riding the Metro with their masks on. Initially, I thought it was an OC thing of not wanting to get infected but after analyzing the people in the masks and the general Japanese behavior, I realized it was the people who had colds or cough that wore masks. They didn’t want to infect others with what they had. Again, they were concerned about the community.
In my general vicinity in the Metro, it wouldn’t be surprising to find about 3-5 people in masks in a group of about 15-20 Metro commuters.
They really are my kind of people.