a follow-up post from the previous entry. just wanted to present a sample of a common item used by the japanese to clean their ears. as an australian who was taught not to put anything in their ear I was horrified that people dug deep into the depths with these long bamboo sticks that are slightly hook shaped at the end. my love for these however has grown to the point that I am considering becoming a serious collector. most sovenir shops throughout japan boast these, usually adorned with their local "famous" item. Aomori is famous for apples.