The masks are rumored to shrink in the wash…so we had to test it out, of course.
With there still being a major shortage of masks in Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare has been sending out two reusable masks per household as a form of support for its citizens. Though it has been widely criticized, the initiative was most likely a big help for many who haven’t been able to get their hands on masks since the pandemic broke out.
Our own Japanese language reporter Go Hattori received his recently, and was excited to have them to wear around the neighborhood. He was most intrigued by the fact that they are washable and reusable, but he wondered how they would really hold up. They’re made of gauze, after all, so wouldn’t they shrink in the washing machine?
Of course, he had to test it out, so after wearing one for a day he put it in a small laundry net and dropped it into the washer, to wait for a load to be washed later. As you might expect, he completely forgot about it, until a few days later when he went to pull out his freshly washed laundry and was surprised to find this net with a wadded up roll of something among his