We’re coming into high matsuri season, when the local Shinto gods are paraded through the neighborhood to remind them of all the people and businesses they’re supposed to be keeping a lucky eye on, but these sake-filled summertime festivals that feature scantily-clad men rocking that shrine through the streets…
come with their own peculiar anxiety…
What if you finally get the coveted invite to don a fanny-flashing fundoshi and help carry the neighborhood shrine, but, well…you have a really hairy butt?
Ta-daaaa! Don Kihote to the rescue:
The Ketsuge (“Butt Fur”) Trimmer, for all your bum-baring needs.
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“A great read!” —Liza Dalby, author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki
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!