In Japan, Tokyo it is common to see Japanese people walking around with masks like the kind Surgeons wear during surgeries.

Why do the Japanese wear masks like Surgeons in Tokyo?

closed as off topic by Ankur Banerjee Mar 20 '12 at 21:37

Questions on Travel Stack Exchange are expected to relate to traveling within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here. If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


I always thought it was to avoid breathing too much pollution or avoid catching diseases from other people.

In fact it's the other way around. My Japanese friend always wears one when she has a cold because she doesn't want to infect other people!

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.