An employee of Japan’s novelty electronics shop Thanko wears a battery powered pollen protection hood or “kafun blocker” in Tokyo. Spring in Japan is beautiful, but it also heralds a mass outbreak of face masks and speciality goggles intended to fend off clouds of pollen that make noses stream and eyes itch. Photo: AFP

Forget the cherry blossoms, springtime in Japan means gearing up for allergy season

  • As many as one in four of the nation’s 127 million residents experiences sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes every year when the season hits
  • Japan’s longer than usual pollen season this year, has seen companies rush to market new products they claim will keep irritants at bay – a US$2.6 billion market
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An employee of Japan’s novelty electronics shop Thanko wears a battery powered pollen protection hood or “kafun blocker” in Tokyo. Spring in Japan is beautiful, but it also heralds a mass outbreak of face masks and speciality goggles intended to fend off clouds of pollen that make noses stream and eyes itch. Photo: AFP
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