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Are Ya Feelin’ Lucky?

Ah, New Year’s, when everyone in Japan visits their local kami-sama for the first time and gets a glimpse of their fortune for the coming year! But if you’re geographically challenged, and visiting your closest shrine would involve a butt-numbing plane flight, here are some dai-kichi (best luck ever) fortunes you can toss into a hat and allow my clairvoyant gachagacha cats to remotely pick one for you.

(Cue woo-woo music)

Happy New Year, friends of mine〜☆

May your next 365 days be filled with all these good things & more!

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!

The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon

For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, altering the lives of all who possess it…read more

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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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!

4 thoughts on “Are Ya Feelin’ Lucky? Leave a comment

  1. I just got done writing a post about mystery and magic. I think you and I must be on the same plane. Non-Tokyo types are not going to appreciate how spot-on this post is. Love it. I’m looking forward to the pleasant colored foods.

    Did you dress up the gachagacha cats or did they come that way?

    • They came that way, in all their blanket-wrapped glory! I couldn’t quite figure out what they were supposed to be, from a Japanese cultural sense, but they excellently matched my reading-under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight memories and flashlight-under-the-chin ghost story image, so that tempted me to stick way more hundred yen coins into the machine than I ought.

      And yes, this post was especially for my long-suffering Japan-dwelling compadres like you! Happy year of the inu, my friend, and may 2018 be a thousand percent better than ’17 (although I realize that does not set the bar very high, I am hoping for a measurable level of goodness.)

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