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When You Look in the Mirror and Nothing Short of a Miracle Will Do…

Book a quick appointment with the Hair God! I saw this out in Sugamo, which is not too far from an actual shrine dedicated to hair, in all its many forms. Barbers, stylists, stage actors and celebs of all stripes come to Oji to pray for good hair days and get their wigs blessed. (Since men play all the roles in both kabuki and Noh drama, wig pulchritude is serious business.)

Actual shrine devoted to Good Hair Days, in Oji

And if the hair gods are totally booked, you can always go to Shimo-Kitazawa, where mysterious hair salon naming forces have also been at work:

If you’d like to visit Shimo-kitazawa the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

2 thoughts on “When You Look in the Mirror and Nothing Short of a Miracle Will Do… Leave a comment

  1. I must have upset the hair god around puberty, because I lost my needle-straight light brown hair and got dark brown, wavy, early-graying and impossible-to-style-because-it-looks-like-Bozo-hair-when-it’s-long hair. 😦

    • See, this is a case of the hair gods laughing. People with needle-straight hair long to have wavy hair that doesn’t look like something the cat dragged in every time it rains. Not that I know about this.

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