EarCleaningCafe July 04

Weirdest Maid Café Ever

As if it wasn’t strange enough that there are a lot of maid cafés that offer the service of extracting their customers’ grotty earwax while calling them “Master Of The House,” now there’s a café where ear maidens dressed in shiny mini-kimonos will perform that service with the customers’ heads in their laps! Behold this billboard advertising “Knee Pillow […]

CatGhostFeat June 25

The Angry Cat Ghost Vending Machine

Walking through Shinjuku station today, I discovered I had a burning need for angry cat ghosts. Fortunately, there was a bank of gacha-gacha vending machines smack in the middle of the concourse, ready to cater to all my feline spiritual needs. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

NoAlcoholBeers June 20

Taste Test: The Skinny On No-Alcohol Japanese Beers

You can tell it’s summertime in Japan, because your clothes stick to you the instant you walk outdoors and the entire populace flees to the rooftop beer gardens of Tokyo as soon as the sun dips below the yardarm. But if your liver is crying out for mercy after last night’s company drink-a-thon, and you’re queasily contemplating how to avoid pickling it any further, […]

MosChickenFeat June 18

Not An Expert On Chicken Anatomy, But…

…where exactly did Mos Burger find a chicken part that looks like THIS? Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

Japanese Sign June 17

Damn. Just When I Thought I Had It All Figured Out…

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

Bunny IslandFeat June 16

Let’s Go To Bunny Island!

If your squee-meter isn’t totally burnt out after Fox Village, it certainly will be, after we check out BUNNY ISLAND! Okunoshima isn’t easy to get to, but that’s why there’s an entire chunk of land off the coast of Japan where adorable bunnies run free, without fear of being eaten (or, obviously, having their natural urges curbed in any way). Okay, admit […]

KannonGlassesFeat June 14

New-Type Saints

On my way to check out the rooster shrine, I chanced upon these sight-challenged Jizos and a celebrity Kannon, chilling in a parking lot. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

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