May 20

Confessions Of A Shiba Stalker

Okay, I’m going to come right out and admit I don’t actually have a dog. You would, however, be forgiven for assuming that I was knee-deep in shiba inus, on account of I own a scary amount of stuff that is almost exclusively bought by fanatical pet owners who, uh, own shiba inus. But if that wasn’t bad enough, it gets worse. I stalk them. […]

May 17

Please Tell Me That’s Not Seaweed On My Ice Cream

The sticky rice balls I can handle. I could even get into the slightly gelatinous, traditional mitarashi topping that gets its brown from, uh, soy sauce. But I draw the line at nori. Yes, those suspicious-looking little black things on top are KILL ME NOW strips of the same kind of seaweed that holds your tuna roll together. And […]

May 15

The Wedding Of Your Dreams

Because what nuptial event could possibly be complete without… • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo

May 13

Endless Fields Of Blue

Every once in a while you discover a place where the photos that made you run to the nearest station and jump on godzilla-knows-how-many-trains to get there did not lie. Not even a little bit. Those pictures of hills swathed in an unbroken carpet of blue flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park? REAL. Where I come from, these little pieces of […]

May 12

New Red Hats

Yesterday as I was cutting through the grounds of Zojo-ji temple, I noticed that all the Jizo-sans had bright new hats. In all the time I’ve been going there, they’ve never gotten new hats all at once. I don’t know why they suddenly all got new hats at once. But even the ancient ones whose weathered caps […]

May 11

A Leopard For Your Butt

I’ve seen fruit for your patootie and warriors for your derriere, but this is the first time I’ve encountered top-of-the-food-chain predators for your butt. Am trying hard not to imagine the Japanese bathroom where this would fit right in… • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo

May 09

Beautifully Beastly

Rose. Flavored. Yogurt. Let’s all agree that this one ought to have remained a fantasy. • Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo. Painted Doll is now out in paperback.