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Japanese artist creates ramen face mask to complement fogged glasses

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 16:59 GMT+7
Japanese artist creates ramen face mask to complement fogged glasses
Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's glasses fog up as he wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup while posing for a photo at a park, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

SYDNEY — Japanese artist Takahiro Shibata’s glasses are fogging up because of his face mask - a problem familiar to many spectacles wearers during the coronavirus pandemic.

But Shibata has turned the annoying side effect into a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

The more his glasses fog up, the hotter and steamier the noodle soup on his “ramen mask” appears to be.

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup while posing for a photo at a park, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup while posing for a photo at a park, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Shibata, an animator and artist, initially set out to solve the problem bugging many a spectacles wearer who dons a mask to protect themselves from COVID-19.

But once he discovered that was impossible, he decided to have some fun instead.

The 3D ramen mask, made from felt and clay, has everything you’d want in a real bowl of the noodle soup.

Shibata’s nose disappears into chashu braised pork, green onions, bamboo shoots, and a slice of fish cake.

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup while posing for a photo at his house, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's wears a protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup while posing for a photo at his house, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Shibata, who said he wanted “to cheer people up a little bit”, has no plans to sell the mask along with his other artwork. Although he may not be wearing it much either.

“The ‘bowl’ is filled with cotton and it weighs almost as heavy as a stuffed toy,” he said.

“So it doesn’t feel comfortable when I put it on.”

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's adds the finishing touches to his protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at his house in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's adds the finishing touches to his protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at his house in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's adds the finishing touches to his protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at his house in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's adds the finishing touches to his protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at his house in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup is pictured at his house, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

Japanese designer Takahiro Shibata's protective mask that looks like a steaming bowl of ramen noodle soup is pictured at his house, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yokohama, Japan September 23, 2020. Photo: Reuters

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