At the same time as Japanese stores and pharmacies disappeared disposable mask and unaccustomed to the shortage of the Japanese first began to wash them, but for a more flexible fellow citizens was published the book "How to make a mask with their hands," immediately got into the higher ranks of the ratings of sales of Japanese politics each in its own way began to develop a masked fashion.

the Governor of Tokyo

At that time, as a disposable mask more acquired the aura of a coveted, but unreachable object of national fetish, a self-made mask from a fabric that grief began timidly to sew Japanese women, was still a sign of lack of life of the grip, the Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike, no embarrassment, appeared at a press conference in a fabric mask. From the first wave of homemade products, made of three rectangles – on mouth, on nose and chin, her mask was different elegant, gracefully flowing around the nose and chin, and – most importantly – pattern.

Basic types seven. The mask pattern eyelet mask with yellow stripes, mask scattered on a white background tiny figures – Apple, lighthouse, wood, pipe. Mask with small unobtrusive hearts in different colors on a blue background. Mask with a simple gray ornament, reminiscent of a silk cloth of the XIX century. Mask with blue ribbons, tied in a flirtatious bow, and finally, the most popular among Tokyo women’s mask with flags. This mask immediately and unconditionally to say "rawaii" – "touching-baby".

The Governor, who since his tenure as defense Minister the country has earned the image of "iron lady," forgive, and a children’s pattern and even then, that either she herself, or one who was having a facial, placed garlands with flags upside down. At the same time itself and Koike also became known as "rawaii".

"even upside down, still very nice and touching (rawaii)!" such reviews are abound on the web, along with photos Koike, sheepishly smiling at the mask.

After this the explosion occurred. If you enter a name "Yuriko," Japanese search engine, then the first three positions will be: "Yuriko mask", "Yuriko mask pattern" and "how to make Yuriko mask". Equally important was to find the same material. Chats and forums filled with discoveries and comparisons of the detected samples with the original.

"I think, or is it the same pattern? This is our pillow case for the kindergarten", – wrote one of the moms posted a photo of the fabric, as two drops of water similar to the "check boxes", just a different color.

Itself the Governor to question where she had the mask, was limited to modest "the neighbors gave" that only added fuel to a fierce looking fabric.

the Nomination among men

Significantly behind Yuriko Koike, but obviously being in the lead among Japaneseing of male politicians, to mask the catwalk were made by the defense Minister of Japan, Taro Kono. He impressed fellow MPs, and then journalists, appeared at the meeting of Parliament and press conferences in a dark blue mask with the image of mount Fuji and a red sun on one side and the airplane (who was a fighter) on the other.

Kono didn’t have to keep the subscribers on your village on Twitter and admitted that the mask made out of hand towels "tenugui" the thin cotton, he was presented with the Department of public relations military-air forces of self-defense. The Department is also not left side and right on the page of the Minister has laid out a whole range of homemade masks. They are decorated in a simple masculine style with a predominance of dark blue Indigo is a classic colour for a suit of traditional Japanese fencing Kendo.

The range is quite wide – there are airplanes, and is a written hieroglyph "heaven" (aka "emptiness" in Buddhism), and the emblem of the air force, as well as mount Fuji, clouds, and something resembling a wing alone someone from the clan of birds, a Buddhist pagoda. For some time the mask of a Minister ousted in media space and in the minds of anxious search this product of the Japanese seven iconic masks Koike.

the Underdog

Mixed signals mask fashion became Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. When the shops have disappeared mask, he had the temerity to dispose of to send each family a free two masks. Two per family regardless of its composition. This caused the first wave of ridicule, which was replaced by indignation when the first amasekanya citizens, they were all pregnant women in a package with two masks found an unexpected addition in the form of someone’s hair and the mortal remains of insects.

Another unpleasant surprise was the size of the masks – and a half times smaller than the standard size. But the Prime Minister could not disown his creation: now and forever he is doomed to appear in public in a "Abe-no-masks" (consonant with the word "abenomics" economic policy and know-how of his office). Unfortunately, a large face of the Prime Minister dramatically emphasizes all the shortcomings of mask – to-bottom from under her, spilling fragments of strong-willed chin, and sides – at least-willed cheeks. Now not only lazy hones wit on "masks of Abe", literally translated as "Abe-no-mask".

The youth calls him on duty in the dining room for child-sized mask. Appeared scathing word "Abe-Naomi-but-the mask" that is "mask only for Abe" due to the fact that none of the citizens do not want to expose themselves to ridicule. Foreign journalists happy owners of a textured prominent noses do not deny yourself the pleasure to demonstrate that onne mask it is necessary longitudinally to close the mouth, and the other, by placing it across, to try to cover the nose, supposedly this explains their pairing. The Internet has bypassed a mocking collage, where one "Abe-no-mask" the Prime Minister closes his mouth and the other eye.

the Final

But everything comes to an end. In recent days showed signs that mask fashion for a while raskruchivaya covenyi everyday life with bright emotions, comes to a close in the shops timidly, for the first time since February, as a symbol of the return to normal life, began to appear disposable white masks. One pack in one hand.