April 15

If The World Ends Unexpectedly, Now You Know Where To Go

It’s disguised as an ordinary park: flag football teams practicing on the fields, dogs in little Burberry trenchcoats sniffing their way around the points of interest, children skinning their knees on the playground. But if the Four Horsemen Of the Apocalypse show their ugly heads, at a moment’s notice it can be converted to…Disaster Prevention Park!

Yes, this is an entire public park designed to be a safe haven in case North Korea’s aim is a little off next time they want to flex their missile muscles, or California finally falls into the ocean, creating a tsunami so big that the Imperial Palace becomes beachfront property.

It’s kitted out with all the mod-cons: temporary shelters, port-a-potty sites, internet connectivity (for tweeting your impressions of Armageddon in case Softbank is even slower than usual), and best of all, ordinary-looking benches that are actually field ranges! I’m trying not to think of the pranks that could be played by whoever discovers how to turn on those burners, conveniently situated under the bums of the unsuspecting…

Jonelle Patrick writes 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