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Stealth Holidays Of Japan


Nooooo! How could it be Monday morning already? If I hide my head under the pillow, will it go away?

Ugh, even through the pillow, I can hear the rain.

Wow, I really, really, really, really don’t want to get out of bed. Or get packed onto a train full of snuffling commuters and wet umbrellas. Or sit in a Japanese classroom specially designed not to get warm enough to support human lifeforms until at least Wednesday.

Dammit, now I’m awake. I have no excuse not to throw on some school clothes, coat, muffler, gloves, two pairs of socks, those so-called waterproof boots, and a hat that is sort of baggy and weird but keeps my head from turning into a withered frostbitten toadstool.

Okay, bleah, dressed. Hoist 1,000,000 pound book bag onto shoulder, grab cheap umbrella, lock door. Oh joy, the rain has turned to sleet. And now I’m late. Run to station. Yikes, I must be later than I thought because the train isn’t at all crowded. Not that I’m complaining.

Arg, I hate it when they forget to turn on the stairwell lights. Should I take the elevator? No, don’t be a weenie. Four flights of stairs won’t kill you.

Hey, where is everybody? Oh no, don’t tell me. Googling…Googling…DAMN, TODAY IS COMING-OF-AGE DAY!

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more

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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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    • The Meiji Shrine was really gorgeous today, but snow was coming down in buckets, and I felt kind of sorry for the girls who had to put on their gorgeous (yet obviously not fur-lined) kimonos and brave the cold. It snowed so hard all day today that by the time I got home after taking pictures all over town, even the money in my purse was wet!

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