So, there’s this street in Tokyo I’ve written about before that’s known as the “Grandma & Grandpa’s Harajuku” because it’s where all the oldsters go to stock up on the latest elderly comforts and fashions. My favorite store on Koshinzuka Street is the “Red Underpants” shop, which specializes in many, many, MANY styles of lucky red underwear (none of them remotely resembling thongs).* These powerful panties even come with special instruction for use, so you don’t find yourself kept awake by their mighty redness.
*The idea of wearing red next to your skin for good luck is so trending among the silver set that the gift of red clothing – especially red underwear – is a common 60th birthday gift.
If you’d like to visit Koshinzuka Street – I especially recommend the always-entertaining street market they have on the 4th, 14th & 24th of each month – a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.
Clad only in giant red underpants (like most writers), Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo
“A genuinely gripping crime thriller which wrong-foots and perplexes the reader throughout, drawing us in emotionally . . . Highly recommended.” –Raven Crime Reads
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!