Yessiree, right now, every train station and airport is thronged with flocks of schoolkids, going on class trips to distant educational hot spots! Peak season for these multi-day Educational Experiences (or My Week In Hell, if you’re one of the two teachers herding thirty 15-year-olds 24/7) is late spring, so everywhere you go, you see vast crowds of 6th graders, 9th graders and 12th graders.
The kids tour together, eat together, sleep together and most hair-raisingly, ride public transportation together for three days and two nights. And if the teachers were very, very bad in a former life, rainy season will blow in early, and a wicked storm will shut down all train service for a few days, stranding them and their restive charges beside the bullet train tracks for DAYS. (This is a favorite staple of Japanese TV storm coverage. Feel the horror.)
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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!