The newest pet craze to hit Tokyo: hedgehogs. For full enjoyment of your new pet, it would be best to adopt a schedule that includes all-night video gaming, as they are primarily nocturnal and will Assume The Position (shown above) for most of the day. Also, although they look cuddly, that fluffy-looking fur is actually spines. Just sayin’.
The chronically adorable little critters are being sold right now at the Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, along with all the equipment you need to keep your very own live Sonic. They even sell bags of Hedgehog Chow! Although they’re not as insanely expensive as puppies and kittens, these little dudes will set you back about ¥30,000 each.
If you can’t adopt an adorable hedgehog from Japan, the next best thing is reading a novel set in Tokyo
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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!