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Kimono maker creates face mask for hostesses

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

For the past few months, hostess bars have been struggling to cope after coronavirus countermeasures forced them to shorten their operating hours or shut their doors completely. Now, as the country begins to slowly reopen again, the industry is preparing to get back into full swing with a few modifications designed to protect staff and customers.

One line of defense is the use of masks, and thanks to Japanese kimono maker Ototsuki, these face coverings don’t have to be unsightly at all. In fact, the new Face Veil they’ve developed can enhance the allure of the hostess, all while offering some clever design features for practicality.

▼ How to use the Face Veil

The introductory how-to video shows a lot of thought has gone into the creation of the Face Veil, which Ototsuki says was inspired by the face shield and the cloth masks worn by belly dancers. Conventional face masks aren’t ideal for hostesses, who are required to eat and drink with customers, as they’d have to constantly be adjusted in between sips or bites.

The Face Veil has been specifically designed to address this problem, using three vertically long polyester cloths to shield the user’s nose and mouth, allowing a glass to slip in easily underneath. When it comes to eating, the central portion hooks up in two places to create a wider open space while cleverly protecting the area as well.

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▼ The Face Veil also offers protection during another common hostess activity: singing karaoke.

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The veil comes in three variations: plain, lace and “Yonezawa Weave”, a traditional textile craft from Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture, where Ototsuki is located. The masks retail for 2,200 yen to 3,850 yen and can be purchased online.

Source: J-Cast News via Hachima Kiko

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Advertising pitch maybe? Host and hostess bars SHOULD be shut until there is a viable vaccination available.

But seeing as how this is Japan, the drinking MUST go on!

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You don't need a Kimono maker to make this, get on line and search for Afghanistan Veil it costs about $5.0.

25 ( +27 / -2 )

Sick of looking at masks all the time.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Im sure she can do all kinds of things wearing that mask, drink, eat, etc!

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22 ( +22 / -0 )

Absolutely useless

26 ( +26 / -0 )

@ yubaru

I’m sure it’s not just drinking that is going on

9 ( +11 / -2 )

As a fashion statement it might work, but hostesses and other women in this kind of work are hardly ones to care about cleanliness

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

I don’t consider this a mask...a fashion for hostesses maybe but that doesn’t take the virus issue!!! hygiene and social distancing!!!!

13 ( +14 / -1 )

This design does absolutely nothing to protect its wearer or protect those around her.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Straight out of "I dream of Jeannie".

Barbara Eden behind the veil was a young boy's fantasy-lol.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Just have the staff put on a burka - they will be protected and it would have the same effect on business.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The world (including, or maybe especially, Japan) has gone stark raving mad.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Host and hostess bars SHOULD be shut until there is a viable vaccination available.

How about Don Quixote? Clothes shops, electrical stores etc etc etc?

Or are you just hung up on some kind of personal grudge against women who work in that industry?

Just have the staff put on a burka - they will be protected and it would have the same effect on business.

Exactly. I'm tired of all this pointless dehumanization!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Wait....is this a real thing? Why not just tie a towel around your face and call that George? This is a new low people have taken in lieu of this "outbreak"!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Sigh...A cheap PR move!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I think it looks really elegant. Not the best protection, but better than nothing.

I also think the hostess bar concept is really cool - something uniquely Japanese (I think). So anyone saying people should stay home with their family, hostess bars are supposed to be an ESCAPE.

That said, stuffing a bar/club with a bunch of people is not a good idea at the moment, so they should just do their hosting from a luxurious hotel room - one-on-one.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Better this than nothing at all.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

This vail is absolutely useless, its as much use as a chocolate tea pot.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

About as functionally efficient as a chocolate fire guard!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This is as genius as "this is a pen".

3 ( +3 / -0 )

lol this kimono maker did not 'invent' the face veil... literally a garment in almost unbroken use the middle east and most western countries for thousands of years

I sewed myself a robe once, did I create the kimono?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Yup, that's a yashmak. Nothing new. Maybe more comfortable than the usual face mask in summer.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Looks hot

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

100% useless, it's not a mask at all, not going to protect or stop anything.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Hope it comes with a matching drink cover...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

correct my if I am wrong, but this vail looks as if its been made from surplus knicker elastic and a maid o san's white apron.

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