I was wandering through Akihabara doing important book research SHUT UP, when I discovered the key to collecting all those damnably elusive kittehs in Neko Atsume: put out lots & lots & LOTS of hundred yen coins and you can attract these. For those of us whose primary life goal is luring animated cats to visit our phones DON’T JUDGE, now there’s a way to capture our favorites in real life!
If you’d like to snag some of these beauties for yourself, the clips and danglers and drinking glasses and backpack stuffies can be bought inside the corner shop across from the doll parts store on the 5th floor of the Radio Kaikan Building, near Akihabara Station. (A map is on my website The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.) The underpants were being sold at a sock shop in Shibuya near the BAPE store, and I already made the mistake of telling you that the claw machine is at Nakano Broadway, so you’re just going to have to try to avoid that whole area of Tokyo, sorry.
To support her Neko Atsume collecting habit, 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!