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'Abenomasks' turn up in a pandemic-era time capsule

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I recently had a surprise re-encounter with "Abenomasks," the face masks that the government distributed to every household in Japan this past spring.

I never expected to come across them in the warehouse of the Fukushima Museum in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture.

They were stored in a white box marked "Materials related to the novel coronavirus infection."

Since late February, the prefectural museum has been collecting familiar items associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Other objects in the white box included a postcard announcing the cancellation of an art exhibition; a novel "daruma" doll representing Amabie, a legendary Japanese "yokai" monster........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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