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Goodnight, Sun

Was I the only one in Tokyo who was waiting for it to get DARK during this morning’s solar eclipse? I mean, for the past week we’ve been bombarded with notices warning of disruptions likely to occur because of this once-in-a-lifetime event, and assuring us that anybody who dared look at the sun while it was happening would be punished by going BLIND. I was eagerly anticipating walking to my morning train in eerie twilight, experiencing the unnatural dimming of the sun that supposedly terrified primitive peoples into sacrificing all their virgins etc. etc.

But no. It just seemed sort of…gloomy.

On the other hand, I did enjoy watching all my fellow commuters standing on the platform with their Carnival-esque safety masks, looking like they were waiting for a 3-D showing of the apocalypse…

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

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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!

3 thoughts on “Goodnight, Sun Leave a comment

  1. Blindness is the least of your worries. I heard that in Japan solar eclipses can open portals to Castle Dracula. And nobody really wants to go THERE. (Despite the neat architecture, countless treasures and surprisingly modern music.)

  2. Love “Goodnight, Sun.” Looks like Japan was in the path of totality; we got just a tetch here in Portland. And even that was — surprise! — obscured by clouds.

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