At The Crazy Cat Parade


I have to admit, I was powerless to resist going to a thing where hundreds of people dressed more or less as cats pranced down the street, some of them raucously performing musical numbers in which “nyan nyan nyan” replaced all the lyrics.







The Bake Neko Parade gives everyone and their granny an excuse to dress up every October near Kagurazaka Station. If you’re in Tokyo and want to get a notification about this and other great weekend to-do stuff, subscribe to the TokyoCheapo email thing. They’ll let you know the dates, times, maps and all the particulars!

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo, now out for the first time in paperback…


Should you start by slipping behind closed doors into a Japanese host club, or chasing a murderer through the shadowy sites where desperate souls go to make a date with death? Or would you rather have a backstage pass to the strange, strange world of Japanese music idols? Watch the book trailers & read more here