Saturday, 23 May 2009
New Flu is now at large in the Tokyo area. One person in my neighborhood is in quarantine and there are no masks to be had. But New Flu has triggered improvements in hygiene and as long as no-one dies I for one could not be happier. In loos, convenience stores and outside food shops such as our on-campus bakery - see above - there are bottles of spray disinfectant. More people are wearing masks on the subway. And today at our school festival we were asked to wear masks to the Rakugo performance. As you can see from the photo about half did. No-one is panicking, in spite of what some of the foreign newspapers are saying. The Japanese are a clean people. They seem to be enjoying it.