Meet The Kawaii Japanese Mascot Quaran, Fighting The Virus. Kind of

The world as we all know by now is in some sort of quarantine. Either self-imposed quarantine, lockdown by government or simply social distancing. To combat this pandemic facing the world, at least in Japan anyway, we would like to introduce you to the Japanese Mascot Quaran! Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare created mascot. Mascots are everywhere and exist for pretty much anything; airports, prefectures or banks.

Japanese Mascot Quaran is identified as a small ‘fairy’ but appears in life-size when making public appearances. The mascot wears protective goggles as well as a big “Q” on its forehead, the sign of a true superhero.

Quaran’s best feature is its back, which is shaped like the letter ‘Q’, obviously. It’s created primarily to promote the work of the Quarantine Information Office, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The mascot is said to travel around the world to prevent illegal and dangerous items from making their way into Japan. Note Quaran’s handy goggles, which help spot infectious diseases, prohibited food imports and other violations, while the shield is made to protect Japanese citizen from dangerous things.  

Time Out Tokyo

Although these days with all travel bans and restrictions, it is wise to think twice whether or not to take a trip. It’s better to be safe than sorry in these times of uncertainty, so if you can work from home, postpone your trips and cook at home, that’s definitely the best thing to do. For your own safety, but also for the community in which we live, so that we can all return to our lives.

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