I got my hair done right before we left the states, but for some reason my hair is growing crazy over here so I was overdue for a cut & color. There has been three places in all of Kobe that have been recommended by other expats. I like my neighbor's hair so I opted to try Billy's.
She had warned me that it was a bit "edgy" but that was why she liked him. His "studio" is on the 4th floor, so when I reached the 3rd floor and saw this I almost turned around.
But I decided that I really needed a cut & color so I would press on. Then I got to the front door.
I once again thought that maybe I should turn around. But instead I walked in and was greeted to some loud country music, which happened to be a channel out of North Carolina! (Got to love Internet radio) I considered it a sign that everything would be okay.
His studio is a bit different and edgy. But then so is "Billy". (His real name is Yasu but we just call him Billy). You can see a picture of him on the staff page here. I have never had my hair cut by a man in tattoos and that looks like he just hopped off a Harley, but I loved him. He trained in London so he has experience with Gaijin hair.
He did a great job. And if you are ever in the neighborhood (AKA, come visit me!), I highly recommend "Billy".