January 20


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, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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