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Keys: Check. Wallet: Check. Smartphone: Check.

There was a time when these three items were basically all I had to make sure I had with me when going out.

But now, a face mask has been added to the checklist.

Should I become aware of its absence on my way to the train station, I'd definitely hurry back home to fetch it.

Face masks today come in various materials and designs, having evolved quite conspicuously over time.

Back in the Edo Period (1603-1867), a typical face mask was fashioned from a wire frame and a piece of silk fabric, and then given a coating of persimmon tannin.

According to "Masuku to Nihonjin" (Masks and the Japanese) by Mitsutoshi Horii, masks were........

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