April 18

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.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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