For the ultimate mottainai (“don’t let anything go to waste”), round up all those floating clouds of cat fur in your apartment and craft some nyan-tastic gift items!
Sweater hole patches!
Be forewarned, however, that even though the prodigious amounts of fur one finds drifting around one’s apartment suggests that cats are wool producers par excellence, after reading Kaori Tsutaya’s how-to book it’s clear that one might have to go into an auxiliary business if one wishes to knit a sweater for anything larger than a cockroach.
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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!