Hair Style #25

Hi there!

I didn’t want to post an article consecutively but there was one news I really wanted to share.
People might think I’m not doing my job, if I post three articles in one month….

Here is the news.

It’s about North Korea demanding all boy students to have the same hair style as Kim Jong-Un.

I pay attention to BBC but 99% of the news about North Korea is fake…

The news, “North Korea limits hair styles, 18 styles for women, and 10 styles for men.” This may be true.

Because there are hair catalogs in barbers like below.

(photo from 2010)

(photo from 2013)

Not much change in three years.
I think the good-looking guys all look bad from the stupid hair styles.

In barbers in North Korea, you have to choose your new hair style from the pictures like above, and you can customize your cut afterwards.

Talking about hair styles….I want to talk about one thing that happened when I visited North Korea last time.
I have talked about this one particular lady on my blog before. Her name is Ms.Chong and she’s a real great tour guide.


She has her hair on the top permed and has long hair around her neck.
I have been to North Korea a lot of times but I’ve never seen anyone with the same hair style as her. (If there is, please tell me)

She also wears gold eye shadows and has thick cheek colors….
She looks like a “punk” girl from the 70’s or 80’s.

She speaks “I have a round face so I want some volume on the top part of my hair, and to keep the balance, I grow my hair long around my neck. I have this hair style since I was a teenager.”

A Korean guy who lives in Japan told her “People with such hair styles ride motorcycles and are real good at fighting…”
But she just laughed elegantly and didn’t care much about it.

I decided to go to a hair salon to report about hair styles in North Korea.
I wanted to know which number was popular and what type of hair cut people wanted.

During the report I was interested in one of the hair catalogs for women.

(Photo taken in 2010)



Number 25….

Hey, I’ve seen this hair before….


It was her!!


It was surprising not only to know that she herself was on the catalog, but also to know that her hair style could be chosen by anyone.

I asked the hairdresser if #25 was popular.
She answered “Not at all” even before I was finished asking her the question.

Ms.Chong’s picture was said to be a composite…but I have no idea why it should be there.
On the other hand, Ms.Tei looked satisfied event though I was laughing out loud when I saw the catalog.

Over all, I think North Korea should do something about their hair style.
I see some people dying their hair from about 12 to 13 years ago, but I haven’t seen any recently.

There are sometimes guys that do look like Korean stars like him,

Oh….and the hair style #25 disappeared from the catalog in 2013.


Ms.Chong had a promotion and had a better job, but her hair style was exactly the same.
So I guess hair styles aren’t restricted that much.
Even if hair style #25 is out of the catalog, and if the government starts restricting hair styles, I want Ms.Chong to keep her style!!


A Bashō Maniac From North Korea

Who’s visiting my blog via searching for “grapes ass gun shot” lol!!

I would like to talk about an author.

I had a chance to learn the language in North Korea for three months.
Three best-selling authors taught me then, and it was a real spectacular experience for me!!

Some people may know, but the language in the North is a little different from the South.
The difference is just in the accents….but the point is, I don’t like the language in the South.
It irritates me when I hear the language from Korea dramas.
The language from the South lacks intensity.

It might be similar as

British English : North Korean
American English : South Korean

People who make fun of British English in the U.S. and the people who make fun of the accents in Pyongyang are pretty much the same.
Let’s go back to the story.

There was one author who really loved Matsuo Bashō.
This is him.

I forgot his name, but he was totally obsessed with Bashō.

“There’s no such writer who gives a fine description about nature other than Bashō in Japan! An ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water. That is so wonderful!!”

The author always talked about Bashō’s poems.

I felt a little jealous about Bashō and so I lied to him,
“Bashō isn’t that great in Japan these days. There’s a genius called Ryuhei Ueshima (a comedian in Japan) and he is way better.”
The author wasn’t interested at all and ignored me.
Why Ueshima? I don’t know. It just came up to my mind.

I changed my target to another author.
I told him the same thing.
“Maybe Bashō was pretty good, but nowadays Ryuhei Ueshima is more famous for his works.”

He believed me.

I told him,
“He screams YAHH as a sign of his creation. Will you please do it with me?”

The author and I together : “YAHHH




























He was a good guy.

I wasn’t making fun of this guy at all.
He probably knew I was joking and took a picture with me.
What I wanted to show was that, there are people who know and study about Japanese culture a lot, and that there are playful people like him!
Thank you.

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