Japantown by Barry Lancet December 6th, 8 PM – 10 PM ¥4,000


20131105-134541.jpgIncludes a hardcover copy of the book, free welcome drink and snacks!

Join us December 6th at Biscotti Tapas when The Cat’s Meow returns to kick off bonenkai season with special guest Barry Lancet. This event has been in the works for nearly two years, so it’s delightful to finally be able to share with you the fruition of Japantown, Barry’s debut novel.

This is our first time presenting a traditionally published project and a book in hardcover, Japantown is truly hot off the presses. Already in it’s third printing which is rather unprecedented for a debut novel, Japantown has also had the honor of being optioned by JJ Abrams production company Bad Robot known for smash hits Alias and Lost along with latest reboots of cult favorites Star Trek and upcoming in 2015 Star Wars Episode VII.

Don’t miss this chance to score your own signed copy of Japantown (maybe a spare copy for Christmas gifts?) and spend an intimate evening with Barry. A Tokyo resident for over 25 years he combined knowledge of Japan with his skill as a veteran editor for a top publishing company and jumped the fence to pen his own thriller. Writers and book lovers alike will enjoy his company and the story of how Japantown came to be! Come meet him before he gets too famous for all of us little people.

Enjoy a brief synopsis of Japantown: San Francisco antique dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a bi-coastal life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco’s bustling Japantown neighborhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a single Japanese character printed on a slip of paper, drenched in blood.

Brodie can’t read the clue either. But he may have seen it before—at the scene of his wife’s death in a house fire four years ago.

With his array of Asian connections and fluency in Japanese, Brodie sets out to solve a seemingly perfect crime and at the same time learn whether his wife’s tragic death was more than just an accident. And when he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and connected to the murders in San Francisco, the Japantown killer retaliates with a new target: Brodie’s daughter.

More on the book at Barry’s official website.


(SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER: RSVP by Friday, November 8th and receive an Oribe saké cup (retail: 7,500 yen) courtesy of the author.)

barry-lancet-3-thumbBarry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. He is currently planning the next mystery/thriller featuring Jim Brodie.

His debut novel, Japantown, has been optioned by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, in conjunction with Warner Bros.

Call for participants! The Vagina Monologues to benefit the Polaris Project

Performance: March 17, 2013 18:30 PM
Where: Hatagaya Space Gamp (1 min from Hatagaya Stn)
Rehearsal: March 3, 2013 13:00 – 16:00 pm


The lovely Shana Graves is organizing a performance of Eve Ensler’s iconic work The Vagina Monologues in Tokyo this March. Participation is open and inclusive!! The time commitment is minimal just one fun rehearsal to practice and work out some details then the performance night on March 17th.

Participation form

(Please specify if you’d like to read a monologue or help organize)

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Micro Fiction Contest winner: A Johnny Fingers Adventure!

Congratulations to our Micro Fiction contest winner, Andrew Woolner, who charmed three judges with his quirky Tarantino-esqe story A Good Man Down in High Touch Town: A Johnny Fingers Adventure. Take a look at this excerpt and be sure to download the August issue of Tsuki Magazine for the whole story!

Katlyn is an idiot. But she is an idiot with a gun.

I put down my drink.


That’s Takahiko. He’s in Doreamon pajamas and clutching his Hello Kitty doll. He’s talking to Katlyn, but he isn’t looking in her eyes. He never looks anyone in the eye. Something traumatic that I don’t give a shit about probably happened in his childhood.

The elephant in the room is Howard. I’m not sure how they got him in here: a typical cramped Roppongi dive. It’s the height of summer and the air conditioning’s broke. Howard’s the only one who isn’t sweating. His trunk peruses my drink. I snatch it back.

And me? I’m Johnny Fingers. That’s not a porn name: it’s my actual name. Fingers is an English mangling of a French mangling of an old Dutch– but never mind. What’s important is that Katlyn shoots me in the face.

Or tries to. Safety’s on. Told you she was an idiot. Takahiko shrieks and dives under a table, covering his barcode hair with Hello Kitty. Howard makes a noise that I hope isn’t a fart. I take a swig of my drink and a step toward Katlyn to relieve her of her gun.

And that’s when the roofies kick in.

* * *

We’ll be publishing all the entries here as an free e-book on the Cat’s Meow Blog after the August issue of Tsuki Magazine goes on sale. We’d like to congratulate all who participated on your excellent writing, it was a tough contest to judge, we had exciting stories of betrayal from all over the world and writers as young as age 12! Thanks also to Molly from Tsuki and Nick Vasey, author of Roppongi the novel, who did our final judging.

Keep writing!

Entries are now closed!! Those sultry Tokyo nights….Short Fiction Writing Contest!


“Anyone who hasn’t experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.”
-Jean Genet

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED, THANKS FOR SUBMITTING! We’ll try to announce the winner in one week & have the stories up online in two weeks!

Summer has swept in with stormy weather and steamy nights. Pay tribute to the excess and decadence of Roppongi The Novel with the Cat’s Meow micro fiction contest sponsored by Tsuki Magazine. Last time you gave us brilliant 50 word gems, so we are raising the bar to 500 words! Sharpen your pencils, reveal your sultry secrets, act out your fantasies, and hang out your dirtiest laundry. Show us what you’ve got to offer for a compilation of summer guilty pleasure reading!

Your story must contain the following elements:
Character: At least two characters and one animal
Conflict: An act of betrayal
Theme: Summer nights
Setting: Tokyo
Required elements: A broken vinyl umbrella, the word Roppongi.

The Prizes
The winning story will be printed in the August issue of Tsuki Magazine
The winning author will receive a copy of Roppongi the Novel and a ¥5,000 gift certificate to Biscotti Tapas or gift of equivalent value (including shipping) if living outside Tokyo or Japan.

The Rules
The deadline for submission is the 15th of July (midnight).
You must submit through the Cat’s Meow entry form.
The stories must be in English, original, and must not have been published in the past.
Your story must have 500 words or fewer.
Your story must contain the required story elements in the guidelines.
By taking part on the competition you allow Cat’s Meow & Tsuki Magazine to publish your story online or in print one time. After that we will not hold any publishing rights over the material.
All the stories will be published on the Cat’s Meow website so please submit under the name you want published if not your legal name.
Judging will be by Kimberly Tierney, the editorial staff of Tsuki Magazine & Nick Vasey author of Roppongi the novel.

CANCELLED!! Open Writers Night Friday, June 1st 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM at Biscotti Tapas

CANCELLED! Due to lack of RSVPs Open Writers Night

Friday June 1st

8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Biscotti Tapas (follow @biscotti_tapas on Twitter)

¥3,500 (includes a welcome drink, food, & event materials)

Date night discount: ¥6,000/couple (RSVP required)

Writers! Dust off those novels rotting in the back of your desk drawer. Bring us your poems, your short stories, your travel articles! Friday night is Open Writers Night at the Cat’s Meow. Loosen your lips with a free welcome drink and read your work for a supportive audience of fellow writers, creatives, and lovers of the arts. We’ll have short anonymous feedback forms so you can hear what people really think of your work and we’ll vote for the best piece of the evening which will be awarded a ¥5,000 cash prize!

Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
Neil Gaiman

All forms of writing are eligible, but works must be unpublished to be eligible to win the cash prize. The prize winning piece will have an option to be featured here on the Cat’s Meow blog.

Please RSVP by MAY 30th so our fantastic host, Biscotti Tapas, can prepare enough delicious handcrafted tapas for everyone to enjoy. Yum.


50 Word Story Book!

All Downhill from Here — Winner!

The 50 word story contest book is now available as a PDF online, take a look!

Congratulations to Sir Humphrey T. Nickleshoe Esq. (also known as Glen Malley) winner of the Cat’s Meow 50 Word Story writing contest! The winning entry is “All Downhill from Here.”  This little story packs a big punch with drama, suspense, and clear beginning, middle, & end.

They’re on to me, it was just a matter of time.
I knew the second I arrived and saw the sharply-dressed strangers furtively grilling my accounting team.
Behind my office door, I frantically shred everything. A last keypress wipes the accounts before they burst in and yell,
“Happy Birthday!”

It was very hard to choose among the entries which run from heartbreaking to downright scandalous.

I hope to have them all up for you to enjoy soon.

Friday May 11th, 8:30 -10:30 PM The Teas that Bind by J.C. Greenway at Biscotti Tapas

The Teas That Bind

by J.C. Greenway

May 11th, 2012

8:30 -10:30 PM

Biscotti Tapas

¥3,500 (includes welcome drink, snacks, & a book)

What happens when the adventure you signed up for is a whole lot more adventure than you expected?

Join us at the Cat’s Meow for an intimate conversation and reading with J.C. Greenway, author of The Teas That Bind which answers the question, “So, the big earthquake then. What was it like?” and much more.

In her own words:

The Teas That Bind is the story of my year in Japan before and since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, living, observing and questioning what goes on around me.

Comprising posts written for this website – along with emails, tweets and status updates, as well as previously unpublished material – the book covers the days following the disaster and the months beyond, including my involvement with fundraising and volunteering efforts in Northern Japan.

Away from the more dramatic images and events, this is a personal tale of everyday life – dealing with aftershocks, blackouts, ‘cool biz’ and wildly conflicting media reports – one pot of tea at a time.

The ebook is available to download from Amazon and Smashwords and a paperback can be purchased from Lulu, but come to the Cat’s Meow to get a your very own copy with admission.

J. C. Greenway was born in Liverpool and lives in Tokyo, where she writes the website ten minutes hate [http://10mh.net], follows Liverpool FC and drinks a fair amount of tea.

photo by Ade Ogunsanya


Thank You! World Creativity & Innovation Week April 15th – 21st

Thank you for participating, submissions are now closed.

We received over 50 submissions from 23 people all over the world.

In celebration of World Creativity & Innovation Week starting this Monday, April 15th and concluding on the 21st the Cat’s Meow is running a 50 word story contest.

Enter your 50 word story in the form below by midnight on April 21st for a chance to win a ¥5,000 gift certificate to our restaurant partner, Biscotti Tapas, plus free admission to the next Cat’s Meow event on May 11th!


-The contest is open for anyone and everyone to enter

-The gift certificate prize is only redeemable in Tokyo at Biscotti Tapas (if the contest winner lives outside Tokyo an alternate prize valued at ¥5,000, shipping inclusive, will be arranged.)

-All submitted stories must be exactly 50 words in length, not including the title.

-There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.

-It must be original & previously unpublished.

-You grant The Cat’s Meow permission to publish your story after judging.

-After the winner has been chosen they will be contacted through the email address their story was submitted by to make arrangements to receive their prize.


Entries will be judged by Kimberly Tierney.

The winner will be contacted by April 24th at the latest! All the stories will be published here shortly.


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