Whilst the cultural attache was being subjected to the day spa equivalent, we were treated to a video replay of the barber’s fifteen minutes of fame as he eloquently informed us he was regarded as a movie star in Takayama. Evidently he has a collection of more than 1000 of these figures (advertising material – vintage, retro) and now very valuable. He was interviewed by a quirky host of a talk show – Japanese style. All very surreal and we even were introduced to his lovely wife.
A most surreal experience.