StreetAtAt July 20

Tokyo Street Art Redux

Gotta say, in the land where people don’t even ask the gods for a favor without turning their prayer plaque into a piece of manga, the street art in Tokyo never disappoints. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

BlueCheesePizzaSM July 13

When I Said I Wanted Cheese Pizza, I Didn’t Mean THAT Kind Of Cheese!

I thought I’d seen the pinnacle of Unclear On The Concept when wedges of Camembert started showing up on Japanese pizza, but that was before I spotted this one topped with, yes, blue cheese. Mmm, mmm, little veins of smelly melted moldy bits, paired with tomatoes and that perennial Italian favorite, broccoli. Jonelle Patrick is the […]

ShibaBlessing4 July 10

The Dog Blessing Shrine

  Japan isn’t short on shrines that cure warts, protect your electronics from the forces of eviltude, and jumpstart your career as a manga artist, but this is the first one I’ve heard of that has a ceremony for blessing your dog! Shrines and temples do a booming business banishing bad luck from people mired in their periodic three-year-long yakudoshi (“bad luck years”), but […]

BeerSando1 July 08

Beer Sandwich

Brewskie on a bun! At first glance, this latest candidate for Strange Sandwiches Of Japan promises to deliver the punch of a nice cold one, but on closer examination, there’s an unfortunate amount of beef curry diluting the beer. Dang. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

EarFloss July 06

Ear Floss

In the Solution Looking For A Problem sweepstakes, this has gotta be a contender. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix. If you’re in desperate need of something to roto-rooter your piercings, you can stock on up ear floss at (where else?) Tokyu Hands.

YakanBeer July 03

Pass The Fish Guts And The Teapot Of Beer, Please

It’s summertime, and that means the cool, refreshing beer you just ordered might arrive in a teapot, accompanied by crisp cucumbers, a dollop of mayo to dip them in and…fish guts. Salty fish guts. And yeah – I think I’m getting better at this living in Japan thing, because I knew not to ask what they were […]

KabukiMaskSM June 29

This Is Supposed To Make Me Cuter?

Somehow, Kabuki Villain Face never really whispered “adorable” in my ear, but it could be pretty entertaining to scare the bejeezus out of unsuspecting visitors while also attaining new levels of softer, smoother skin. And if the miracle-potion-soaked cutout inside doesn’t manage to make me drop-dead gorgeous, I suppose I can always snatch up my trusty katana to finish the job. […]

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