Tokyo 2020

Living in a small poem of a room

The writer's tiny but comfortable room and a note containing good wishes from a colleague's young daughter.
The writer's tiny but comfortable room and a note containing good wishes from a colleague's young daughter.ST PHOTOS: ROHIT BRIJNATH
The writer's tiny but comfortable room and a note containing good wishes from a colleague's young daughter.
The writer's tiny but comfortable room and a note containing good wishes from a colleague's young daughter.ST PHOTOS: ROHIT BRIJNATH

For over a week in Tokyo I have been channelling my inner Indiana Jones. I am constantly knocking on the walls of room 619 in Hotel Apa. I am not calling for help via morse code, merely looking for secret latches and invisible levers.

You see, there is no cupboard in room 619. Hidden, perhaps?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2021, with the headline 'Living in a small poem of a room'. Subscribe