Half Nakedness Prohibited

Floating above Shibuya, with the Yamanote Line trains rocketing by, is Miyashita Park, its carvalicious bowls, ledges, rails, ramps and quarter pipes a skater’s dream. Except for…The Rules.

Drinking for enjoyment rather than rehydration: prohibited!

Light up a smoke? Tanuki raccoon-dogs will carry you off to be executed by the death of a thousand cuts!

Wax a ledge? Not unless you want to be fed to the sea monkeys.

Half or stark nakedness? What do you think this is, a hot spring resort? (Mind you, it’s not especially tempting right now, with the thermometer hovering around 10 degrees C, but come the steamy months of May and June…)

Still, it’s a two minute walk from Shibuya Station, it only costs a couple hundred yen to skate, and it’s never crowded, so giving up a little stark-nakedness might just be worth it.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of  four novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more