Author Archives: Jonelle Patrick

Thank you, Wikipedia, for a much better pic. You can read more factoids about these fine furry friends on the Masked Palm Civet page. July 24

I Saw A New Wild Animal In Tokyo!

Walking home late one night, a flicker of unexpected movement caught my eye. When I looked up, there was something scampering along the phone lines above my head! A cat? A rat? No it was BIG. At first, I thought it might be a tanuki, but it was the wrong shape. It had a long body and an even longer tail, […]

HamstersFeat July 21

Help, There’s A Hamster In My Drink!

Lately in Japan there’s been an explosion of vending machines selling little characters that perch on the side of your glass, so you never have to drink alone. But none of them has been nearly as cute as HAMSTERS. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

The bunnies will be all over you at the rabbit café when you appear with this bun-centric obi. July 18

Princess Kimono, Animal Style

Obscure seasonal references to geese and crows? So tenth century! Leaf viewing and strolling beneath the cherry blossoms? Been there, called it a cab. Let’s strap on our princess kimonos and hit the animal cafés instead! Thanks to Kimono Hime magazine (#10 & #12) for the gorgeous new style kimono photos. For more fab kimono hime looks, check out New Type Kimono: Maximum Princess, Make […]

TinyToilet July 16

The Cute Little Toilet

I never expected to be ambushed by cuteness at a highway rest stop bathroom, but check out this tiny toilet for tots!(≧∇≦) Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

Despite my native ineptitude, this doesn't look half bad! (From a distance. With no contacts. SHUT UP.) July 12

Make Your Own Plastic Food…At Home!

Okay, as the self-diagnosed Queen of Fail when it comes to Japanese crafts (remember the “rabbit” from the animal lollipops workshop?), I was pretty sure that any fake food I made without the experts at the Make Your Own Plastic Food Workshop would look more like something from the compost bin than a reputable kitchen. But so many people told me they were dying […]

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.

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