We visit one of Japan’s top pompadour barbers, learn a secret about those Coming of Age Day photos

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel


Our mild-mannered reporter gets hooked up with the king of bad-boy haircuts in Japan, the “regent.”

Sometime around mid-winter, our Japanese-language reporter Masanuki Sunakoma started to feel like he’d gotten into a bit of a rut on his days off, loafing around his apartment while doing nothing particularly productive or pleasurable. So he resolved to jar himself out of this sedentary sameness, which is how he wound up standing underneath a waterfall at a mountain temple last month.

This week, Masanuki decided to shake things up in a very different, though equally bold way, and that brought him to the entrance of Deep, a barber shop in Okinawa Prefecture’s capital city of Naha.

An afternoon trip to the barber shop might not sound like the most daring way to spend a Saturday, but Deep is famous for its skill with handling Japan’s bad-boy haircuts, and in particular

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