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.

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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