Tanning saloons are the latest and greatest of modern Japanese art, and they’re all about using the most advanced and advanced technology to create stunningly beautiful and functional skin.
However, the salons that have sprung up in recent years have struggled to cater to customers who don’t want to wait for hours at the spa or have a preference for a different kind of product.
What does that say about the future of beauty in Japan?
And what is it like working at a saloon?
Tanning salon owner Kiyoshi Nakamura and his partner, a Korean model, were eager to find out.
A lot of the beauty salons were set up in residential areas in Tokyo, and Nakamura had a lot of reservations about the quality of the products and the way they were packaged.
“I was worried that the saloons would be more like what you would find at a hotel,” he told Al Jazeera.
But Nakamura was pleasantly surprised.
“When you see a spa with such high quality products, it makes you feel very special,” he said.
As he explained, most salons have a small bar where customers can get their hands on samples, but there are also bars at which customers can purchase their own products, and there are more private rooms for those who want to try on their own skin.
“A lot of people don’t like having to go through the hassle of getting their hands dirty,” he added.
He said the bar and private rooms have also helped him attract customers, and he had seen an increase in business in the past few months.
In January, the bar opened in Shinjuku, one of Tokyo’s biggest neighbourhoods.
The bar has also become a destination for tourists, with visitors coming in from across Japan.
“In my experience, the customers are the most loyal customers,” said Nakamura.
In addition to the bar, Nakamura also runs the Japanese Tanning Salon and Spa, which is one of the oldest in the city. “
But there are some other salons out there, that don’t even have a bar, so the people don’s trust the bar.”
In addition to the bar, Nakamura also runs the Japanese Tanning Salon and Spa, which is one of the oldest in the city.
It’s a relatively small business, with only 10 staff members, but it’s been busy.
“The first week we opened, we had about 200 people,” said Hiroki Nakamura, the owner.
“Since then, we’ve grown to about 500.
I can’t even tell you how many people have come in,” he explained.
“This is our third year of operation, and we’re very pleased with the sales.”
A new saloon in Tokyo’s Shinjunkou district.
source Al JAZEERA Al JazeeraEnglish title Shinjokuya salons open with a bang article The first day of opening at Shinjinkyu was a little awkward.
Nakamura told the people waiting outside that they were being let in to get samples for their products.
“They were surprised and asked why we were letting them in,” said the owner of Shinjokyu.
“As we said, we didn’t want them to use the samples.
So they were allowed to take them out.”
The next day, the staff were invited to the reception, and the staff handed over samples for customers.
“So far, so good,” said a staff member, adding that they had had a good response.
However there was one thing that was different from the other saloons, he said: “I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and it’s the first time we’ve had a customer that’s taken samples.”
The reception was also a bit awkward for Nakamura because he was having to introduce the customers to a different customer, a woman with a younger child who had already come in for a first-time skin sample.
“She didn’t seem to understand the importance of the sample, and she was just standing there with her child,” Nakamura said.
After the customer left, the people in the reception were invited back inside.
“Everyone was very friendly,” Nakampo said.
“And when we asked her about her son, she said, ‘I know you are the father, but I’m not sure about you, and I’d like to take your skin.'”
Nakamura went on to explain to the customers that they could take the sample at home, if they wanted to.
However he had a bit of a problem.
“It was a bit too early in the morning, so we decided to make it last for about an hour,” he admitted.
So the two decided to go back inside and try the samples, and when they got there, the woman was already gone. “
He said, that was just a sample, so I’d better go to the hotel and try again.”
So the two decided to go back inside and try the samples, and when they got there, the woman was already gone.
The next time they got to try out the products, the samples were even worse