Nightmare Or Skin Treatment? You Decide!

Wow, which one do I dread trying the most? It’s so hard to choose! As much as having my face covered in the kind of pond scum I remember eww-ing over in 10th grade Biology, lying there with snail slime perilously close to my nose and mouth might be worse. Both, however, are certainly trumped by the nightmare of being CRAWLED ON BY SEA CUCUMBERS. Even the beauty shot on the package can’t disguise the fact that this otherwise harmless denizen of the sea is a master of pale, warty, squick-worthiness.

But I’m pretty sure that with my well-honed powers of denial, I can survive the merely revolting. Bee stings and snake bites are another thing. I suspect actually trying these will win me some kind of  Darwin Award.

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

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more