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Stories and photos about Japanese culture and society.

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Links to my other site related to my coming book: ‘Fukushima and the coming Tokyo earthquake: and what it will mean for a fragile world economy’.

Hairdressing Salons

Aaty Hair
Arms Hair
Def Hair
Hair Drop
Happy New Hair
New Hair Collection
Grow Up Hair
Wierd Window Pull
Wish For Hair
Begins Hair

Many of the hairdressing salons in Tokyo have English names, probably because English is seen as being hip and modern. Unfortunately these names are often strange, inappropriate, even bizarre, as you can see in the photos above. One of the reasons for this is that, often the students with an artistic bent that go into the hairdressing and beauty business are those who are not academically bright, and often very poor at English studies.

Cherry Blossoms

01 Plum
02 Magnolia
03 Blue Sheet Waiting Day
04 Hanging Sak Close
05 Branch Swan
06 Branch Bank Day
07 One Flower Trunk
08 Wait Cushions Red
10 Through Palace Gate
11 Branch Bank Night
12 Boy On Father
13 Branch Black Background
14 Photographers Night
15 Party
16 Temple Ueno

Late March/early April is the time that the famed cherry blossoms open in Tokyo. As Japan is such a long thin archipelago, equivalent to the distance from Morocco to Norway, the cherries begin to bloom in February in Okinawa, have reached Tokyo in late March, and finally bloom in Hokkaido in early May.

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