May 31

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Air Conditioned Pillow

You know how when it’s really hot at night, your pillow gets all roasty and makes your head feel even hotter? Well, the day I saw these old-fashioned pillows at a little store near the Nezu Shrine, it was already hitting a toasty 26 degrees C, and I suddenly appreciated the genius of this traditional Japanese design! Even though they’re made of rattan, they’re woven in a way that makes them nice and springy. Of course, you have to sleep on your back if you don’t want to wake up with Wicker Face, but I think that’s a small price to pay for cool breezes wafting around your head all night long…

Read a novel 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