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!

The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for
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For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, changing the lives of all who possess it…read more

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

2 thoughts on “Stealth Holidays Of Japan

    1. 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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