January 20

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Mosquito Repellant Battle-O-Rama

How could I have been so distracted by the gyoza calling to me from the food street in Namco Namja Town that I completely missed the attraction in which you ride a pig-shaped mosquito punk burner and “defeat noxious insects from the Amazon using a pesticide spray can”?!

I avoided the haunted house attraction too, but am now reconsidering, since the brochure promises I’d be guided around by crabs with spiritual powers wearing Noh masks.

The Namco Namja Town brochure promises delights never found in any other country!

If you’d like to visit Namco Namja Town in Ikebukuro the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

More Nightshade book goodness here, in case you think you might want to, you know, read it or something

A young woman is found dead in an abandoned car, with a pair of strangers old enough to be her parents. Their suicide note apologizes for a disaster that hasn’t yet happened. And someone is stalking the…read more

…or watch the book trailer (0:52)