Air Conditioned Pillow

You know how when it’s really hot at night, your pillow gets all roasty and makes your head feel even hotter? Well, the day I saw these old-fashioned pillows at a little store near the Nezu Shrine, it was already hitting a toasty 26 degrees C, and I suddenly appreciated the genius of this traditional Japanese design! Even though they’re made of rattan, they’re woven in a way that makes them nice and springy. Of course, you have to sleep on your back if you don’t want to wake up with Wicker Face, but I think that’s a small price to pay for cool breezes wafting around your head all night long…

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo Mystery Series, published by Penguin/Intermix.  If you’d like to go to the Nezu Shrine area the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions and a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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