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Pop-Up Man Cave

No smoking on the train platform. No smoking on the street. No smoking at the construction site. No smoking in the boss’s truck. Damn, what’s a guy to do when the whistle finally blows and he’s desperate for a little hit of nicotine?

What about here? It’s not technically on the street, and it’s out of the wind, so my lighter won’t blow out. Whew, yeah, that’s better. Okay, let’s pop that chū-hai. Here’s to the end of another shift. Yeah, now we’re getting somewhere.

Ashtray…ashtray…whoa, who knew this can and that gate were just made for each other! Perfect fit. Maybe tomorrow I’ll bring my massage chair.

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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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