Tokyo -This month the Mannekin Pis replica at the JR Hamamtsuchou train station in Tokyo is fittingly decked out in disaster prevention gear. The hood, known as a bousai zukin (literally "disaster prevention hood"), is de rigueur for practically every elementary school kid in Japan. Serving as a comfy seat cushion most of the time, in the event of an earthquake children are trained to don the protective covering before orderly evacuating the school building. On 3-11 it would not have been uncommon to encounter Tokyo metropolitan area school kids wearing these hoods as they navigated their way home.
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