Wearing a surgical mask is not a common thing to do in many countries–in fact, they may be associated with serious illness, doctors and hospitals. However, in Japan, you can see people wearing face masks everywhere. You will see it on the street, in a shop or right next to you on the train. Does that mean a lot of Japanese are suffering from a contagious disease? The answer is definitely NO! Continue reading to learn about why so many people wear surgical masks in Japan, how they can make a fashion statement, and where to buy them to wear for yourself.