Koronon coronavirus mascot
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Japan has a new anti-coronavirus mascot and it’s handing out free masks in Tokyo

Meet Koronon, the anti-coronavirus cat mascot we all need right now

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Kaila Imada
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With the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, some of Japan’s cute and quirky mascots have never been more relevant. If you’ve already met Awawa the hand-washing bubble superhero, Quaran the quarantine mascot and the mythical Amabie that wards off plagues, say hello to Koronon, the anti-coronavirus cat. 

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Koronon’s mission couldn’t be more obvious: the pink cat sports a big red ‘X’ marked across ‘Covid-19’ on its belly while holding a heart-shaped purple shield donning its name. Koronon is also wearing a face mask; it sometimes even puts on a clear, plastic face shield for extra protection (as seen in the photo above).

Recently, the cheerful pink cat has been making its rounds around Tokyo, handing out free disposable face masks in neighbourhoods like Shibuya, Shinjuku and Ikebukuro. If you’re keen on meeting the mascot, you can check on Koronon’s appearance schedule on its Instagram account (in Japanese only). According to Koronon’s Instagram, the mascot can also be booked to visit schools or companies to share its positive message on keeping safe during this difficult time. 

Check our guide on going out safely in Tokyo – or anywhere for that matter.

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