Paul Tierney reports from a Japanese comb store - Yonoya - in Asakusa. It is one of the few Japanese comb ("kushi") specialty stores in Tokyo, having been in business for over 300 years. Combs have a long history in Japan as hair accessories, but they can also tell the story of their wearer. If you look at an old wood-block print of a kabuki theatre audience, for instance, you can tell the social status of the women by looking at their combs. A deeply researched program collecting hard to find information as well as a live interview with the shop owner.
Paul has also written an extensive and richly illustrated article
on the subject, available here
in our resources section.