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Choosing to stop dyeing gray hair is a liberating experience

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When the Japanese expression “romansu gurei” (romance gray) came into use in the 1950s, it apparently created quite a stir in society. It changed the traditional Japanese image of gray-haired, middle-aged men.

Imao Hirano (1900-1986), a scholar of French literature, made a masterful attempt at defining the meaning of romansu gurei as “the visage of a man past middle age, who has graying temples but still retains hints of youthfulness, thereby exuding sophistication and just the right amount of sex appeal.”

This flattering characterization applied only to........

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