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The Angry Cat Ghost Vending Machine


Walking through Shinjuku station today, I discovered I had a burning need for angry cat ghosts. Fortunately, there was a bank of gacha-gacha vending machines smack in the middle of the concourse, ready to cater to all my feline spiritual needs.

OK, so maybe I went a little overboard trying to collect them all DON'T JUDGE
OK, so maybe I went a little overboard trying to collect them all DON’T JUDGE

This series may be sold out by the time you’re next in Tokyo, but there will be plenty more to take its place! If you’d like to discover the latest, greatest gachagacha yourself, a guide to the best gachapon hunting spots in Tokyo (with maps!) is on my travel blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Happy hunting!

After fending off angry cat ghosts, 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

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

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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!

9 thoughts on “The Angry Cat Ghost Vending Machine Leave a comment

  1. I saw an ad for hamster wine glass hangers from gacha-gacha that I must procure for a friend. We’ve been checking the ones around here but no luck so far. Do let me know if you happen to run across any–or better yet, buy a couple and we’ll finally have an excuse to meet!

    • Damn, I wish I’d known you wanted some yesterday when I was at Shinjuku Station! I noticed that they have the hamster ones when I was buying my cat ghosts, and I would have loved to have an excuse to meet you! I’m not sure how permanent that gacha-gacha cluster is, so if you want to buy some, it might be best to go there sooner rather than later. It popped up right in the middle of where you get on all the JR lines, near the Southeast exit. FWIW, I also saw the hamster hangers last week, along the shopping street that runs right outside Exit 1 from the Ginza Line at Asakusa Station.

      • Excellent! I’ll go check Shinjuku tomorrow–not likely to be in Asakusa any time soon.

        I’m sure we can come up with some other reason to meet. 😉

  2. It’s completely useless and yet I feel that I want one dangling from my purse…. pure genius. Do you think that they use shrink when they market those in order to tap into our inner emotions?

      • Maybe we could test the beginning of a relationship with a man by seeing what he picks at the gatchapon machines ^^
        can’t resist the youkai cat = good
        picks overbusted girls = bad ….
        I need to look into this but we don’t have gatchapon in France so I can’t test guys!!! what a shame.

      • Hmm, interesting idea! Of course, if you tested it here in Japan, you’d pretty much never go out with anyone, because nearly any gachagacha he’d choose would make you think AIEEEE RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY NOW! heh.

    • I feel your pain! And actually, there IS a way you could get some – I haven’t announced it yet, but I’m going to be giving away some Angry Ghost Cats and Angry Ghost Foxes when my publisher does the paperback launch of my books this spring, and again when the new one comes out in the fall, so if you don’t mind hitting the like button on my author page, that’s where I’ll put the drawing announcements. (Search Facebook for Jonelle Patrick Author, if you’d like a chance at them! (=^ェ^=)

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