My favorite gaijin over at Nude Highway Driving has a short post about ritualized earwax picking in Japan.
[I] learned all about mimikaki from an American friend who is addicted to his Japanese wife's ability to dig wax out of his ears without pulling brain matter out in the process. It's a Japan thing.Link
What better way to cap off a day or work and night of drinking than to have someone jam a camera-enabled pick in your ear so you can watch your very own "house of wax" on TV? A thousand yen gets you a 10-minute ear-cleaning and a quick massage.