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Photo Story: Town in Japan uses folklore monsters to promote mask-wearing

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A statue of Oni, a demon-like supernatural Japanese folklore creature or yokai, which was given a face mask sits on a bench in front of a closed grocery store in Fukusaki town, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan.

A small town in western Japan has been giving face masks to these monster statues to promote mask-wearing to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease.

Small town in western Japan uses folklore monsters to promote mask-wearing
A young Japanese girl touches a statue of Konaki-jiji, a supernatural Japanese folklore monster or yokai, which was given a face mask by a coffee shop owner in Fukusaki town, Hyogo prefecture, western Japan. EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

 

Via EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA

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