Street Fighter Chun-Li is now appearing on free prescription booklets in Japanese pharmacies

Street Fighter Chun-Li is now appearing on free prescription booklets in Japanese pharmacies

The strongest woman in the world wants you to be the healthiest person in Japan.

In Japan if you go to the pharmacy in order to get a recipe, one should take something that one names okusuri techo with you. Okusuri techo means translated “Medicine Notebook”, and it’s a plain softcover booklet, like the one above, with blank pages where the pharmacist writes the type of medication you received, the date you received it, and the contact information of the pharmacy that sold it was made. Often the notes are in the form of computer-printed stickers instead of handwritten notes, making it extra easy for you, your doctor, or a new pharmacist to check what you’ve taken and avoid complications or incompatibilities with new prescriptions.

▼ The inside of an Okusuri Techo

Since the pharmacist is obliged to record the prescription, Pharmacies keep a stock of notebooks that are given free to customers who don’t already have one or who forgot theirs at home. Most of these free okusuri techos are fairly plain looking, often with little more than the pharmacy’s name or logo on the cover, but because a prescription drug need is often the result of a worrying, painful, or distressing condition, some pharmacies offer as well Okusuri Techo with photos of mountain meadows, cute animals, or other soothing images.

But what if you don’t want a medicine booklet that gives you a sense of calm, you want one that is a visual metaphor for how the purpose of the medicine you are taking is to strike a lightning bolt at the cause of your illness and get you back in fighting shape? Then you’ll want an Okusuri Techo adorned by Street Fighter’s none other than Chun-Li!

Yes, the video game icon and (quite convincingly) self-proclaimed “world’s strongest woman” appears on both the front and back of this medical notebook 100% legitimate for capturing your prescriptions. In addition, these are original illustrations by Akira “Akiman” Yasudathe legendary artist responsible for the character designs of Street Fighter IIthe game in which Chun-Li first joined the Capcom franchise.

This isn’t a high-priced collectible from the Capcom Store in Tokyo, nor is it a bonus item dangling in front of fans to entice them to pre-order a new game in the series. The Chun Li Medicine Books are free for anyone who gets a prescription at three off-chain pharmacies in Fukuoka City: Momochihama Chozai Yakkyoku, Chiruda Yakkyoku, and Hoshikaze Yakkyoku. The Apothecaries approached Akiman directly to work with them to create a special Okusuri techo in hopes that it would lift people’s spirits during the ongoing pandemic, and the notebooks also have Capcom’s official OK.

The Chun Li pamphlets were offered last month, but they’ve received a boost of online attention since Akiman tweeted the above photo, with reactions like:

“Don’t think I’d ever forget to take this with me when I go to the pharmacy.”
“I would really look forward to going to the hospital with it.”
“I would definitely do anything to get my prescription filled at a place that gives them away.”
“I live in Nagoya [about 750 kilometers/466 miles from Fukuoka]but I can still get my prescription filled in Fukuoka, right?”

Although probably not many people are willing to go on a Nagoya-Fukuoka-class odyssey, with the combination of Chun-Li’s immense popularity and Fukuoka, the most populous city in southwestern Japan, it’s likely to win. It doesn’t take long before they’re all gone. But don’t worry, because that’s just the beginningas there is okusuri techo with street fighter Stars Ryu and Ken on the go.

Source: music box, Twitter/@akiman7 about Hachima Kiko
Featured image: Twitter/@akiman7
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