February 24

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The Honorable Duck Butt of Sugamo

Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like: a giant, stuffed, fake fur duck butt enshrined in a hut.

Apparently, the Sugamo merchant’s association created a duck character named Sugamon as their mascot (sort of like Doraemon, only not blue and not a cat) and someone thought this giant model of its hindquarters would draw people to Koshinzuka Shopping Street like pigeons to statues. I couldn’t quite figure out just what people are supposed to do in the hut named “Sugamon’s Honorable Behind,” but the sign does say it’s okay to pet it.

If you’d like to visit Koshinzuka Street the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

When not posing with duck butts, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” Raven Crime Reads

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more