95. I did things a little differently, though. I
first went to the smallest city in Japan - Miyazaki in Kyushu. Miyazaki has a population
of 300,000, about the same number of people as the main crosswalk in Shibuya any time of
I had $700 and knew only one person. I spoke no Japanese and it was about two weeks
before I met someone with whom I could communicate. It was a huge dose of culture shock,
to say the least.
I had no job and no money when I met an elderly Japanese woman whom I think of as my
fairy god mother. Eiko organized a construction job for me during the day and hair-cutting
parties at night. Because of her I really got on my feet. I still speak to her and visit
I came to Tokyo in November that year and started working for a restaurant. While I
lived in a walk-in closet of a house for four months, I saved money to buy a cellular
phone and started letting people know that I cut hair and did massage.
One of the best parts of my job is that no two days are the same. I meet so many
interesting people, each with a different story of why they' in Japan. Because I
sometimes travel to people's homes or offices to cut their hair, I've come to know Tokyo
I've been cutting hair for twelve years and doing massage for seven. I owned two very
successful salons in Perth, opening the first one when I was 22. Tokyo has been tough, but
tough is good as it builds character and wisdom. I love living in Tokyo. It has been very
rewarding for me. I would never change a thing that has happened. I would do it all again.
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