Barber shops



One of the first trades immigrants engaged in in cities was that of barbers. In 1904 there was only one Japanese barber shop in Lima, attended by its owner and a helper. As the clientele grew the number of helpers also increased, and after 2 or 3 years of work as helpers they would become independent and opened their own shops. Thus barber shops multiplied and in 1907 the Association of Japanese Berbers of Lima was established — the first Japanese business association to be formed in Peru — integrated by fifty establishments. They had their bylaws in Spanish and managed a Spanish language school.
The image shows a barber shop in Chincha Alta, in Ica Department, south of Lima.