Wow, youse guys are so lucky! Two and a half podcasts flom Japan in one weekend! Oh how I envy you.
There are photos in the gallery. The truth is they’ve been there for quite a while.
Some of the topics of discussion I had with the woman who cut my hair:
- I am a podcaster. That’s why I took all those photos while I was waiting, and it’s also why I have microphones in my ears.
- She never heard of podcasting, but she knows about MP3 players.
- She said, “So this is kind of like watching a video clip filmed while riding a roller coaster and feeling like you’re there, eh?”
- She’s still using Windows 98. Needs to upgrade but not looking forward to the pain of transferring all her programs to a new computer. The other day she cut a guy’s hair who said he has three PCs that are still running Windows 95. I said he must really like it.
- Until 8 years ago, it was illegal to run a shop like QB House because of strict sanitary regulations. Also, the minimum price for a haircut was regulated. ($30-$40 minimum) In fact, the association for hair cutters still requires members to fix their prices. QB House isn’t a member.
- The 300th QB House in Japan will open soon. There are stores in other countries too. She mentioned Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
- You get to keep the comb.
QB House links:
- Business is booming. The number of customers is in orange, the number of stores in blue
- The “service unit.” Nice and sterile sounding, eh? You can hold your mouse over areas of the image to see explanations most of you won’t be able to read. But it’s cool because it’s in Japanese, right?
- The next generation cutting station will include a video monitor to
bombard customers with advertisementsdeliver various information to customers.
- Employment info. Full time employees make about US $22-45,000 a year. Part-timers make $10/hr and up, which means the company is really raking in money, but keep in mind that rent and electricity here are quite expensive.