April 28, 2011
(Note: This is a tongue-in-cheek piece - not to be taken too seriously. But there is some truth to the title.)
Things are a little quiet. No news from Canada, and, after this weekend, I expect many more quiet days.
So, let's take up an important subject: Nobu's hair style.
As you can see from the write-up in the text box above, which originally appeared in a blog maintained by a newspaper in Texas: Nobu's hair style was already an issue during the 2009 Cliburn Competition. As we know, he charmed a lot of people at the competition, shaggy hair notwithstanding. No problem there.
However, it has come to my attention that on his almost-completed North American tour, Nobu's hair has been shaggier than ever. I submit as evidence the exhibits below (click each to enlarge):
He started the tour with a bowl cut (above leftmost), and by the time I saw him in Boston (above second), he was already in need of a haircut. He wore the same overgrown hair style at Ithaca College, New York (above, third). So I was astonished to see a photo of him in Fort Worth this week (above right) with his hair practically covering his eyes. I love Nobu, and even with that awful hair, Nobu manages to come across as the sweetheart that he is. But it does pain me to see him so under-groomed.
What gives? Did he leave Tokyo in such a hurry that there was no time for a haircut? Has he been kept so busy on this tour that an appointment with a barber has been out of the question? I just don't understand.
Nobu wears that bowl cut entirely too often. It is probably how his hair falls naturally. But a smart haircut can go a long way.
Let's take a look at some footage from the "Soloman Ryu" show, aired in Tokyo last year (which can be viewed on youTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX3q-Mumx9U.) In the part of the show where Nobu is shown performing in Corpus Christi, Texas, in fall of 2010: You will note, in the screen-grabs below, that Nobu is wearing a stylish, sculptured cut that shapes his face extremely well. I will call this style choice A. I trust that you agree with me that this style is a vast improvement over the bowl cut.
Here is Choice B: When he is in Tokyo, Nobu sometimes sports what I call the "Tokyo cut". See photos below. It is a very stylish cut, but it is very -- what some Americans would call -- "metrosexual", or, using an old-fashioned term, dandy. And a little feminine. It is -- in my opinion -- NOT Nobu. It IS much better than the bowl cut, but I think style A, above, is the way to go for Nobu.
Image is not everything. But it is something, especially for someone in the public eye. As an ardent fan, I can overlook just about anything, but others may not be so understanding. And Nobu IS -- whether he likes it or not -- representing his own country, Asia, and the blind. Sorry, Nobu, but a bowl cut just -- ah -- won't cut it.
He cannot see for himself. So, whoever is in charge of such things, please see to it that Tsujii-san gets a good haircut -- at least when he's on tour. And, while you are at it, perhaps something can be done about his wardrobe also? :-) :-) Thank you! どうもありがとう!
All in good fun.