Translated from Japanese by Sam Bett
He asked what kind of haircut I was after and my vision snapped into focus. I told him that I didn’t like being at the barber and asked if he could make it quick, nothing fancy, just cut it so it parted naturally down the middle and shorten it all over, but keep it this long in the front, this long above the ears, actually touching my hands to my hair to make up for my poor speech. Well now, the old man said, turning to his friend, listen to that! This monsieur walks into a barber shop and the first thing out of his mouth is how he hates the barber. First time for everything. Didn’t seem to stop him from coming in though, he laughed.