WHY DO JAPANESE PEOPLE WEAR SURGICAL MASKS? Many people would wonder it if you come to Japan. Is it because many Japanese people have serious illness? The answer is NO. Actually, wearing masks is really popular culture in Japan. They wear it when they have a cold because they don't want to spread their cold to others. And also, some people wear a mask even they are totally fine because they don't want to get sick. Especially in spring, you can see many people wearing it because of hey fever. Wearing a mask when you have a cold would be considered polite. So, if you visit Japan, be sure to wear a mask when you are feeling bad because you would look impolite if you don't wear it!!