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hairy signs

Japan has more salons and barbers and hairdressers and cutters of hair than just about any other country in the universe. Including Mars.

They're everywhere - on street corners, as well as the places between the street corners, and on both sides of the street too.

And when I saw Koizumi on telly the other day, I realised that he needs to get down to one of these hair places as soon as possible. He's really let himself go recently.

Koizumi's hair may soon be taken to a barber's.

Because there are so many of these places, they've run out of obvious names, which can make a walk along a shopping street much more interesting than it otherwise might be.

This is Japan's first ever barber's. As it was first in the door, it could choose a simple name. So it did....

A place not suitable for women's hair.

In the early days, people's names were a popular source of inspiration for naming salons. Just think, this place could so easily have been called Steve or even Pete....

I suppose it's possible that there's a Phil-san working here that does your barnet.

It's hard to tell whether this place is having a laugh or simply issuing an honest and straightforward warning to potential customers....

....in which case, this place is far more reassuring....

It's good to know that it won't be too badly wrecked if you go here.

If you're the kind of person who looks down on the cheaper salons, perhaps this place will be more to your liking....

This place looks after not just one but all!

More recently established salons have realised that all words for shop names have now been used up and so have taken to inventing their own....

And finally, the scariest name of all. I mean, would you dare enter this establishment for a quick short back and sides?

The pie shop on the first floor was doing brisk business when I passed by.
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On Monday, 16 February, 2009, Blogger masa said:

This Koizumi really looks like Ozawa...  

On Monday, 16 February, 2009, Blogger Rafa MJ said:

He might well be a fan of Tina Turner...  

On Monday, 16 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I happen to be Phil. I can assure you that I don't work there but I often walk by a local salon by the name of hair nuts. I haven't been in as I don't think I need a trim don there just yet.  

On Monday, 16 February, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Mr Baldy from Kyoto would love this post. I think I'll wind him up and reserve a priority perm for him at Navel. No wait, I change my mind; Snobs are...cheaper.

Man, didn't realise this blog was informative as well as being Japanesey.  

On Monday, 16 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

This Koizumi IS Ozawa  

On Tuesday, 17 February, 2009, Blogger Maureen said:

I enjoyed looking at the photos but your witty comments made me laugh out loud.

I didn't know the Japanese have such an obsession about their hair and so many salons and barbers and hairdressers. How funny.  

On Tuesday, 17 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think the guy in the picture is Conductor Seiji Ozawa and not former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.  

On Wednesday, 18 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here's a guy who could do with a haircut! :D


On Thursday, 19 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello. You don't know me but I feel the need to tell you that I live in Sapporo and regularly walk past "Hair Salon The Abyss".

S'good in't it. "Yeah, I'm just popping down to the Abyss later".  

On Saturday, 28 February, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

In Sapporo, there is a barber shop called, "Clumsy Boys". I never went.  

On Monday, 02 March, 2009, Anonymous Sarah said:

Funny about the pie shop...Scary reference...I have noticed in a lot of countries, when they use English for road signs or store names it is often an endless source of entertainment :-) or embarrassment...  

On Sunday, 15 March, 2009, Blogger Colin said:

There used to be one in Hirano-ku called "Hair-cut Oops!" Oddly enough, although I passed it many times, I never went in.  

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