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Oh No. Do I Really Want To Want To Smell Like A…?


…when you see it…


 ( ゚д゚)!

If you can’t smell like a colon, at least you can read a novel 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

For nine years, Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura thought his mother’s death was an accident. Then he gets a call, and his life begins to unravel. Because if it wasn’t an accident…what was it? Read more




Jonelle Patrick View All

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!

4 thoughts on “Oh No. Do I Really Want To Want To Smell Like A…? Leave a comment

  1. well is it worse than smelling like a hamburger? (see the new hamburger cologne sold in japan – though it may be a hoax)
    Pua is like stink in French in the past tense too “puer”

    • Ahahaha, I didn’t know it meant stink in French! That makes it even better! (I wonder if they actually chose the name because they looked up the word for “smell” in a Japanese-French dictionary, and didn’t realize they’d chosen one with a negative meaning?)

      • maybe, “pua” is like a past tense that is not used a lot so people who don’t speak French well may be confused.
        I bought some “jew nail” varnish in Tokyo a few years ago and I think they wanted to name it “jewel” really…. ^^

      • Ai yi yi, that’s the kind of funny thing I’d badly want to write about, but then I’d decide not to because it would be too easy to genuinely offend people. (><) I once saw a huge display of these hilarious-yet-awful Black Man brand sexy bikini underwear that is doomed to never be shared because even I am horrified by the stereotype…

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