Royal Jelly Essence! Ooo, this face mask promises to use the rejuvenating power of distilled nectar of the bee-gods to transform my face into a paragon of dewy freshness!
It’s not until I get it home and look a little more closely at the package that I wonder hmm, what are those round white things in the middle of the honeycomb in the photo? Surely they’re not…DISGUSTINGLY WORMIFORM BEE LARVAE?!
Ewwww! They are!
So, what do you think? Is the yuck-o-meter reading of a skin treatment made from bee grubs worse than the one for that face cream geisha used to use, the one made from nightingale poop?
Read a novel set in Tokyo
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!