Sunday, April 16, 2006

Have your ears dewaxed while you wait

A new niche in the Japan's service industry is arising: the ear-dewaxing salon. It's a place where you pay about $4 for a 10-minute ear-cleaning session. You can even view the inside of your own ear via the tiny camera mounted to the technician's high-tech ear pick.

The founder of these salons is obviously a very shrewd businessperson:

The concept behind the new establishments is to give people the pleasant feeling some had as children when they would rest their heads on their mothers' laps and have their ears cleaned.

Here is a brief Wikipedia entry on ear-picking in Japan.

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