I met this interesting guy in Ame-Mura the other day with a rather impressive piece of artwork on his head. Despite his somewhat hardcore appearance, he was actually very friendly and we had a bit of a chat while enjoying our meals at Freshness burger. At first I was a little surprised by this. Back in Australia (and probably a lot of other places too), a person who looks like this is probably not going to start chatting with you at the local burger joint. Is it because, here in Japan, people regard this kind of thing as nothing more than a kind of fashion that only goes skin-deep? The dedication and commitment required makes me skeptical of that explanation. Perhaps it is more a case of the underlying culture and social formality super-ceding any kind of perceived animosity or segregation? Perhaps it is something else entirely.