Green Shower Sparkling Water! Let’s see, this will taste like…what ARE those artfully clustered things at the top of the label? At first I thought PINECONES. I check what might be the Japanese description below. The kanji reads, “fragrant charcoal sour water.” Oops, my bad, charcoal + sour = carbonated, who knew. This does not help me know what to expect when I pour myself a tall one.
Okay, when in doubt, read the fine print on the back. Aha, they’re hops. Yes, the kind they make beer from. Beer flavored water! I uncap it and take a sniff. Huh. Pine-y. Take a swig. Pine-y and mint-y. Green Shower, I don’t really know what I expected, but I am disappoint.
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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!