Poppins-san

In the land where nannies are nearly as scarce as chimney sweeps, this all-Japanese celebration of bygone British privilege is about to hit the stage. It’s too bad they don’t adapt these things for the local audience the same way they “improve” pizza, because I would pay good money to hear someone sing such hits as “Just a spoonful of nattō makes the medicine go down” and enjoy the Japanese pronunciation of “sūpa-cari-furaja-risutikku-ekusupi-ari-dōshasu.

When not imagining chimney sweeps cavorting on the roof of the Diet Building, Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with a pair of strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more