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Power Rice Training

Next door to my usual breakfast cafe is a restaurant called Chikara Meshi, which means Power Rice. This morning through the window, I noticed the manager demonstrating something to his diligently note-taking employees. It kind of looked like he was explaining how to administer a Vulcan neck pinch to a customer who’d ordered seconds of chikara meshi and couldn’t help demonstrating his new-found stamina, but more likely he was showing them how to hand a customer their coffee in a way that emphasized the customer’s celestial status and their own position as mere worms.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

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!

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