What is in a "Rescue Bag"?

When I was working at Sun's Tokyo office last month I had to explore the contents of the "Rescue Bag" that hangs at each workspace:
japan rescue bag

It contains: a hard hat, gloves, a towel, a mask, a flashlight, batteries and a bag that you can hold over your head to get fresh air for a few minutes (someone please leave me a comment and tell me what it's really called - I don't think it's a 'smoke shut' as the katakana on the package would imply).
rescue bag contents

This is one of the things I love about Japan: the devotion to details, to perfection, to the corner cases. The things you don't care about most of the time but when you do care, you REALLY REALLY care about them.

BTW I have to give you a close-up of the picture on the front of the bag-that-you-can-hold-over-your-head-to-get-fresh-air-for-a-few-minutes. I think all things considered this woman is holding up pretty well, don't you?
air bag

Comments:

"su mo- ku shi ya tu to"? Seems odd when there's a perfectly good word in Japanese for this 防煙 (ぼうえん). Maybe 防煙の頭巾 ?

Posted by Mark J Musante on May 08, 2007 at 02:21 PM CST #

It's called a smoke hood in the USofA.

Posted by I18n G.A.L. on May 16, 2007 at 08:33 PM CST #

Well, "Smoke Shut" is apparently just name of the product. We (mean Japanese) do use word "防煙頭巾” and "防火頭巾”as well.

Posted by Akira Ohsone on May 18, 2007 at 11:21 AM CST #

Thanks Andrea! Pam, I'll try to sneak one out for you next time I go to the Tokyo office. :) Mark, interesting observation that even the word choice in Japanese might be odd. Thanks Akira, I bet you're right about this being the brand name.

Posted by guest on May 18, 2007 at 11:26 AM CST #

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