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Your Very Own Electronic Monk!

Tired of petitioning the Powers That Be every day for world peace, a winning lottery ticket, and for them to still have your size when those purple Fluevog boots you desperately want go on sale? Rest easy! Now you can let the Electronic Monk do your chanting for you!

You’re just a couple of AA batteries away from world domination once you unpack this useful appliance from Tokyu Hands. For a mere $38 and a flip of the switch, this sturdy plastic cleric will chant your choice of sutras 24/7, tirelessly dispensing blessings as he waves a lotus bud in your general direction. Unfortunately his robes are a shade of Designer Orange that will only match your decor if you haven’t yet gotten rid of that shag carpet that was installed in 1972, but surely that’s a small price to pay for eternal bliss!

If you’d like to visit a Tokyu Hands store the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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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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