With Japan’s baby boomers finally reaching the age at which they can hang up their salary man suits, it seems that as well as a rise in the divorce rate, we will also witness an increase in the number of fellas sporting some form of facial fashion. A working life of close shaven conformity perhaps prodding them to, for want of a better expression, let their hair down a little. Japanese shaving goods shop spokesman Nori Takeuchi confirming the trend by stating, â€œIn particular, a large number of baby-boomers say they want to grow moustaches and beards. I guess they feel like doing so after becoming free from their company life-styles.â€
Department stores have not surprisingly been quick to cash in on the fad, with a flood of beard and moustache-related merchandise hitting the shelves. And for the man not exactly blessed with bristles, help is at hand, as wig manufacturer Propia is selling synthetic substitutes. Cleverly swapping the toupee for the ‘tache.
A sort of mix and match approach that can easily produce a transformation like the one below.
Pretty convincing I think you’ll agree. Plus they even come in different colours.
However those on the look out for Dali or Darwin-esque adornments will, for now at least, have to try and grow their own.