The 3 day weekend - thanks to the workers day - coincided with Hiro's brother's one year memorial service so we took a Hayabusa early Friday morning to Shin Aomori and changed to an express to Odate. (It was the first time for us to take this route and with a good connection is easily the easiest route despite being a greater distance, but it's not a patch on the prettiness of the Hanawa line).
The man sitting next to Hiro, a young guy in his twenties, provided a new dimension to the on-the-train-make-up applying and general personal preening demographic. He spent a good 20 minutes cutting his finger nails with the clippers paying very close attention to the detail. When he was done with that he pulled out a dental mirror and plucked his eyebrows for ... I don't know how long.. I fell asleep. Hiro was less than impressed with me taking the first photo so I restrained myself with the eyebrow plucking. The eyebrow plucking bothers me less than the fingernail clipping... not a pleasant sound... though to his credit he did wrap them up properly !