Being confronted with a magnified image of your own filthy ears might not be everyone's idea of relaxation, but a thorough dewaxing at the hands of an expert is proving a big hit with Tokyoites.
Massage parlours and oxygen bars are making way for salons offering expert ear cleaning using hi-tech equipment that can remove even the most recalcitrant clumps of wax.
One of the most popular is Mimi Kurin (Ear Clean), which opened in December in the Shinjuku district. It charges 500 yen (£2.45) for a simple five-minute clean, or 2,000 yen with head-and-shoulder massage.
Making profits out of cleaning ears?!
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