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Tokyo At Night: Kabuki-chō

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The Hanazono Shrine, where everybody in the neighborhood makes offerings to ensure good business

In Kabuki-chō, the day starts when the sun goes down. The streets are thronged with those who are looking for a good time, and those who are looking to provide it. I got to know this area pretty well when I was researching Fallen Angel, the second book in my mystery series, because it mostly takes place in this world where anything your heart desires is available…for a price.

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As night falls, the neon begins to sing its siren song
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Buildings next to the entrance to the club district.
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Where hosts and hostesses go snag a fresh bottle of spirits when one of their clients puts them in a pinch
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A side street, lined with clubs, eateries and karaoke joints
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A quiet back street in the love hotel quarter

If you’d like to visit Shinjuku & Kabuki-cho the next time you’re in Tokyo,  maps are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

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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