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
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!