Raw Japan

Slices of Japanese business, politics and life

The cheapest facial in Japan


For a variety of religious and cultural reasons, women are sometimes excluded from certain traditional Japanese rituals such as entering the ring of the ancient sport of sumo.


At a hadaka matsuri, or naked festival, I covered this week, women were not getting into a muddy pond with loin-cloth wearing gents but were having fun on the sidelines.

An 87-year-old woman I spoke with after the participants dabbed her face with mud, said she would live longer after her earth-toned facial.

I received my own mini-mud pack, when one of the most enthused participants gave me the cheapest esthetic treatment of my life that I wore back to the office.