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In Which We Encounter Japanese Engineering At It’s Finest

Teamwork • Precision • Duct Tape

It’s always reassuring to know that the Tokyo subways are state-of-the-art.

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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!

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  1. Whenever a ship goes into a repair period out here, the entire interior has the same kind of jerry-rigging everywhere. It’s honestly impressive.

    • It’s kind of reassuring, actually, that even in the middle of an ocean, the inevitable mechanical failures can be fixed (at least temporarily) with good old American ingenuity ^^;;

      • Haha, I was referring to when we’re in our upkeep/dry dock period. The ship is essentially grounded, and it’s Japanese ingenuity. We have to do everything by the books*, but the contractors just have to get the job done.

        *This is a system you really don’t want to know about lol

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