During this pandemic, we have probably rocked our fair share of fancy face masks to get some cheap thrills out of the compulsory mask rule. As no one knows when is the next time we could roam mask-free on the streets again, even having bubble tea while window shopping might get us stares from passersby when we pull down our masks to take a sip. For musicians who play wind instruments, it is practically impossible to perform with a mask on.
In Japan, where everyone still wears masks as much as possible, two companies have come up with their own ingenious solution.
Tokyo-based musical company Shimamura has teamed up with silica gel manufacturer Technad to design 'Silica Clean Antibacterial Deodorant Solid Mask for Wind Instruments'.
The special mask design will allow musicians to hold the mouthpiece through the slit opening at the bottom of the mask. According to a press release, the inside of the mask is made of an exclusive cloth that contains silica clean to deodorise inside the masks and adjust humidity levels so musicians get to play their instruments in comfort. The entire mask is made of antibacterial thread that comprises of silver ions, which suppresses the growth of various bacteria.
When not playing an instrument, you may also close the opening with a protective cloth so it can be used as a normal mask.
The mask comes in small and medium sizes which makes it suitable for both children and adults. It is also available in white, light grey, and black for 1,848 JPY (S$23.93). Get it here.