Smart items to defeat hay fever
Spring is upon us in Japan, which means it is hay fever season.
Anyone who suffers from “kafunsho” as hay fever is known in Japan, doesn’t need to be told how miserable their lives become. Sufferers will try anything to ease the effect.
In response, an array of products is on the market. Many department stores, drugstores, convenience stores and other shops have corners dedicated to “kafunsho” goods, ranging from tissues, surgical masks and eye drops to special goggles.
Shibuya Tokyu Hands has a special section on its 3A floor. There is a variety of hay fever prevention glasses and goggles. “Squacy Smart” stylish glasses (1,365~2,940 yen) come in a variety of colors and designs, such as red, black, leopard, checkered, polka dots and Hello Kitty. These glasses are supposed to protect eyes from pollen, house dust and ultraviolet rays as well.
There are over 15 kinds of masks available as well. Kowa is selling “Honnori Harb ga Karol Mask” (368 yen), which has a slight rose or jasmine aroma. The “Kashitsu Nure Mask” (368 yen) by Hakugen helps to keep moisture in one’s throat with its wet filter inside. It can be used both during the day and while the wearer is asleep.
H&C is selling “Suction Brush” (4,410) which removes dust and pollen by brushing clothes and bedding. It does not damage clothes.
The “Nose Mask Pit” from Bio-International is an attractive product for those frustrated at wearing a mask that messes up a woman’s makeup or fogs up glasses. It is a small compact type of mask placed inside the nostrils. It is not noticeable and filters out pollen and dust. It costs 525 yen for three pieces.
Tokyu Hands also has imported products that prevent hay fever. “Nasal Guard” is a transparent mask which prevents heavy sneezing, sniffling and nasal congestion. It is a jell put inside the nostrils, catching dust and pollen.
A Swedish product called “Nasaline” (2,625 yen) is also effective to clean the inside of the nose where dust and pollen can cause inflammation. It can be easily used at home with salt water and causes no discomfort.
Loft in Shibuya has a variety of masks. Mask cases sold at Loft are unique. “Mask Case~Bousai no Tatsujin~” by Kokuyo (997 yen) is attracting attention. Businessmen sometimes need to take off their masks for some occasions. The case is very useful for storing used masks temporarily as it sterilizes and deodorizes the mask.
The most remarkable item at Loft is “Koaland” by NARIS UP COSMETICS. It is a moisturized cream containing with eucalyptus oil, which prevents chapped skin around the nose. It can be also used on makeup. Look for the cute koala bear on the package.
The main branch of Tokyu department store in Shibuya offers many different types of hay fever-related items. Casle is selling a “Motto! Kirie ni Hooker Tori” (504 yen). It is a filter placed on air conditioners that catches pollen, dust and pet hairs. A filter is available for bathroom vents, too (471 yen).
“Kafun Block Spray” by Daisan prevents bedding from accumulating pollen or attracting ticks. It contains silver ions suppressing sweat smell and sebum that draw ticks. It is 315 yen for 180ml.
“Hana Clean S” is a compact-sized nose washer that children can easily use. It is used with a special detergent and lukewarm water. Price: 4,147 yen.
“Eye Cup” (1,575 yen) is useful for alleviating itchy eyes. It is an eye wash, bottle-push style, shooting out water.
“Chokotto Oasis” by Mikuni is a flower-shaped humidifier. With a cup of water, it provides moisture and clear air in a room. It costs 1,260 yen.