September 06

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Akihabara In the Rain

Tonight I was hurrying home from Akihabara, the famous electronics district, when I was caught in a downpour. It was raining so hard that even people with umbrellas stopped at the bottom of the covered escalator, waiting until it let up a bit before crossing the plaza to the train station. As we waited, I watched trains come and go, each a little oasis of light, carrying thousands of people home to their individual lives. There was something about the twilight and the gleaming pavement and the crowds of strangers that made me feel safe and lonely at the same time.

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