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Japan's Cute New Mascot Came to Fight COVID-19

Yurukyara Stay Home

Japan is always ready to show off a new, quirky mascot. Like the Amabie, an anti-plague spirit. And now the Amabie has a new ally in the fight against COVID-19: Koronon.

Walking around Tokyo, on the streets of Shibuya or Ikebukuro, you might be surprised to see the pink cat that calls itself Koronon. If you are one of the lucky ones to cross its path, make sure to say hi to the new yurakyara on the block.

But from a social distance, because this kitty is here to stamp out the spread of the current coronavirus pandemic. With a large X on its stomach and a heart-shaped shield, Koronon is ready to take action. For this isn't just another cute city mascot.

Instead, Koronon is armed for battle, handing out free disposable masks to help others around Tokyo prevent the spread. Koronon also sports a mask as well, and occasionally, a plastic face shield. This is sure to encourage the young ones to keep doing their part, as some kids attend schools while wearing the same face covering.

The mascot's Instagram account also posts information about specific dates, times and locations to pick up a free mask. However, if you can't make it to one of the public events, why not invite Koronon to your school or office to encourage those around you to continue practicing social distancing and wearing a mask in public settings? It's hard to argue with wearing a mask when it comes from such an adorable source.

- (Japanese)