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Little Red Riding Colonel

In Akihabara, apparently even Colonel Sanders is into cosplay.

This is a somewhat homemade-crafty-looking attempt to draw attention to KFC’s current apple pie promotion. Must check my other favorite life-sized Colonel in Hiroo to see how widespread this little costume is! He always dons a Santa suit in December at the Hiroo branch, but I’ve never seen him dressed up quite like this.

Every KFC I’ve seen in Japan has a statue of the Colonel outside. People are quite fond of him, although that has its downside: in a fit of joyous carousing after the Hanshin Tigers won the 1985 Japan Championship, Osaka baseball fans tossed their local Colonel in the Dōtonbori River instead of MVP Randy Bass (a fellow bearded gaijin), thus calling down The Curse of the Colonel. For the next 18 years, the Hanshin Tigers finished last or next to last in the league, and until someone manages to dredge the lost Colonel from the river (or discovers him for sale on eBay), the Tigers are doomed.

If you’d like to visit the Akihabara area the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

“The brilliance of this novel sneaks up on you as the pieces of its puzzle come together.” —Mac Salman, Tokyo Authority

The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon!

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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