It’s Friday morning in Japanese class, and I’m staring at the water bottle on my desk. Do those characters on the label really promise to transport me to heaven, even though I’m currently mired in the teacher’s lengthy explanation of how to use the character 気 in twenty subtly different ways?
Putting on my “No, really, I’m using the Japanese dictionary app not checking Facebook” face, I fumble around trying various readings until my dictionary finally delivers 天然.
Oh no. Busted.
“No, sensei, I was laughing at something in the dictionary.”
If disbelief had a face, that would be it.
Jonelle Patrick writes novels 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!