We had no idea which floor to go to so took a gamble on the fourth. Dish cloths were balanced on their heads, hanging around their necks, screwed up in a ball on the floor… pretty much anywhere but covering genitalia. Next step was the wash down, which required perching on an unnecessarily small stool whilst showering off shampoo, conditioner and all kinds of body scrubs. When we arrived the building was easy to spot because it was the only one covered entirely in camouflage paint with a triceratops, a crashed aeroplane, a jeep, and a very unprehistoric rhino in the driveway. On offer were maid outfits, two types of school uniform, police uniform, cheerleader gear, a German dirndl… again, nothing dinosaur related.
But alas, no — the most fashionable pubic hair style for Japanese men today seems to take its inspiration from untamed knotweed. Knowing when and when not to get your kit off in Japan is something of a minefield for the Western traveller… Wearing too much clothing can be just as socially unacceptable as wearing too little, depending on the situation. There is no real distinction between high brow and low brow humour in Japan. Now stark naked with my personal effects shoved in a locker, there was no way to hide the extremely awesome mafia credentials adorning my left shoulder. The first is a superb documentary with an interview with a former Ama diver.