The people at World Love Salon were wonderful, super nice, and helped me feel comfortable. I only hope that they had as much fun as I did! They washed my hair, dried it, did my make-up, and styled my hair. In all it took a little more than three hours from start to finish.
The final product only came out a few days ago, so not many people have said anything or noticed yet - if it gets any notice at all. However, I did come home from work today to find four Kitami Bis magazines sticking out of my mailbox. No message or note - just the magazines with my picture in them...but don't worry, I don't get a creepy vibe or anything from it.
Enjoy a few pictures from the photo shoot and at the bottom I share the final result!
Here's me in the getting prepped for the photo shoot:
My first outfit: the Blue dress
My second outfit: The Red Dress
And the final product:
Available in the (free) June Bis Magazine around Kitami!
As a side note, I think it's not unusual for rural foreign residents in Japan to have an opportunity or two like this. No way would this have happened if I were living near Tokyo, but in the little town of Kitami it's clearly possible. I definitely think the hair stylist liked working with my hair since most Japanese hair has the same approximate color and texture and mine is quite different...though still stick straight.
If you want to read more about a crazy modeling experience which included runway walking among professional models, click here to read Miriam's story. Mine, by comparison, was much more low-key.