As if it wasn’t strange enough that there are a lot of maid cafés that offer the service of extracting their customers’ grotty earwax while calling them “Master Of The House,” now there’s a café where ear maidens dressed in shiny mini-kimonos will perform that service with the customers’ heads in their laps! Behold this billboard advertising “Knee Pillow Ear Cleaning” in (where else?) the heart of Akihabara. And for only ¥3200! (That’s $26.04 US, at today’s exchange rate.) If I had to do this, I would totally be charging ¥32,000,000 for 30 minutes, in the hope that my customers would stick to making me play endless games of rock-paper-scissors!
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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!