The new book is a two-timeline tale, with one thread taking place in the samurai era, and the other unspooling in modern-day Tokyo, where two women from opposite sides of the globe discover that both their futures depend on possessing a cultural treasure that’s been missing since before they were born, but neither can get her hands on it without the other.
But the places in the book are based on real stuff that still exists in Japan today. Here are a few of them!
Those of you who have been joining me here and on my Tokyo travel blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had will recognize all kinds of stuff in the book, because all that time you thought I was just franting about town, I was actually doing Serious Book Research! (Okay, also some franting.)