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LIFE IN JAPAN
Adam Hitchens

Georges HassamOccupation:
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
Time in Japan:
2 years




I arrived in Japan from Perth, Australia in August ?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 the day!

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 regularly.

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 very well.

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.

Info: You can contact Adam at 090-1999-2159, 7 days a week.

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LIFE IN JAPAN:
199: Diane Morris
Media & Advertising
198: Ross Mihara
NHK Sumo Announcer
196: Corky Alexander
Tokyo Weekender
195: Edward Obaidey
Acupuncturist
194: Merry Angel
Managing Director
193: Alison Pockett
Managing Partner
192: Zack Konno
Car Export Representive
191: Pamela S. Caudill
Assistant U.S. Customs
190: Caroline Power
Being a Broad
189: Geoffrey Tudor
P.R. Section Chief JAL
188: Ryuko Ishikawa M.D.
Family Psychiatrist
187: Georges Hassam
Arabic Dance Instructor
186: Larry London
DJ at InterFM
185: Richard James
Photographer & Writer
184: Alan Kidd
Rock Musician & Editor
183: Adam Hitchens
Mobile Hairdresser/Masseur
182: Lylian de la Vega
Volunteer
181: Annie Chang
Computer Training
180: Mike Jacobs
Writer/Photojournalist
179: Jimmy Angel
Rock'n'Roll Singer
178: Dante
Performer
177: Elizabeth Spencer
Tokyo Classified Intern
175: Paul E. Ainlay
Proprietor of D.B. Cooper's
174: Steve Bindon
Artist
173: Nanae Nagata & Naji Rahman
Proprietors of Heart Cocktail
172: Tom Holiday
Singer/Guitarist
171: Gordon Hutchingson
Copywriter
170: Barry Cardinal
Renshi Aikido Instructor
169: Tammy
Hostess
168: Steve Feldman
Computer Dealer
167: Eve Suter
Flower Designer
166: Paul Goldsmith
Computer/H.R. Consultant
165: Avry Gottesman
Auto Dealer
164: Russell Pollard
Financial Advisor
163: Sa'dia
Belly Dancer
162: Marcel L'Esperance
Choral Director
161: Gregg Alan
Used Motorcycle/Car Dealer
160: Dr. Greg Sapplers OMD
Oriental Medical Doctor
159: Ute Ikuta
Cat Lover
158: Pam Adkins
Shaw College
157: Cloudy Bong Water
Comedian/Performer/Teacher
156: Melissa
Internet Company Director
155: Paul Gibson
Proprietor, The Fiddler Pub
154: Ann Spiers
Psychotherapist
153: Evans M. Asare
Chef
152: Sandy Weiss
Acting Teacher
150: Kike
Dancer

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