Among the items to be shown at Nintendo licensed goods fairs in Tokyo and Osaka is this Mario-themed sickness mask, which is priced at 500 yen ($4.46). It’s-a-me, Mario, and I’m-a-sick!

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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Don’t people in Japan wear this mostly to prevent themselves getting sick? Like yes you wear it when you are sick to not spread the illness but many do it to protect themselves because they can't afford being sick.