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JAPANAGRAM ARCHIVE

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Here’s where you can browse all the published Japangrams. Each month’s features will appear in this archive at the beginning of the month, as soon as the next Japanagram is out.

Click on the monthly photo to browse the contents of that issue, or click on the links below to go straight to each feature

Beyond Tokyo: Kamakura Matsuri igloo festivalJapanese Home Cooking: Tasty Ginger PorkSeasonal Secret: Weird ChocolateWhy, Japan, Why?: Why the most interesting thing you eat in Japan might be spaghettiBook Review & Giveaway: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Beyond Tokyo: Firewalking at Mt. TakaoJapanese Home Cooking: Savory Japanese Beef & Vegetables + Curry RiceSeasonal Secret: Nine Great (Secret) Cherry Blossom Spots in TokyoWhy, Japan, Why?: Why Oreos are more Japanese than sumo wrestlers in JapanBook Review: Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry

Beyond Tokyo: Koi Nobori at TatebayashiJapanese Home Cooking: Creamy Sesame NoodlesSeasonal Secret: The Other Season that Blooms in the SpringWhy, Japan, Why?: Why you should be careful what you wish forBook Review & Giveaway: Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Beyond Tokyo: Koya-san Seasonal Secret: Six things you didn’t expect to discover on a pilgrimage Book Review: Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye by Marie Mutsuki Mockett • Japanese Home Cooking: Yakitori Chicken Mini-Burgers

Beyond Tokyo: Bunny Island Seasonal Secret: Keep cool in the summer, the Japanese way Book Review: The Essential Haiku, edited by Robert Hass • Japanese Home Cooking: Japanese Chicken Salad with Tangy Soy-Lemon DressingWhy, Japan, Why?: How did Japan escape a severe COVID pandemic without lockdowns or mass testing?

Beyond Tokyo: Gyoda Ancient Lotus Park • Seasonal Secret: Souvenirs NOT to buy in July Book Review: Shinjū by Laura Joh Rowland • Japanese Home Cooking: Sweet & Salty Miso Grilling SauceWhy, Japan, Why?: Why did NHK try to Japansplain the global anti-racism protests with this excruciatingly embarrassing video?

Beyond Tokyo: Shiraito-no-taki FallsBook Reviews: CLIMB and Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann • Japanese Home Cooking: Brown Sugar Dessert SauceWhy, Japan, Why?: How Japan has perfected the honorable art of eating alone

Beyond Tokyo: Shigaraki Tanuki TownJapanese Home Cooking: Japanese Rice Bowl with Miso SalmonWhy, Japan, Why?: Strange Japanese beauty goals • Seasonal Secret: Three modest September flowers that are spectacular in numbersBook Giveaway: It Was You

Beyond Tokyo: Suwa City, NaganoJapanese Home Cooking: Apple-Ginger Sours Cocktail/MocktailWhy, Japan, Why?: Tiny pants, the garbage police, and the more friends you have, the lonelier you might beBook Giveaway: The Tale of Murasaki

Beyond Tokyo: Jakko-in, the convent with a secretJapanese Home Cooking: Sesame-Miso HotpotWhy, Japan, Why?: Why is it so much harder to get a Japanese boyfriend than a Japanese girlfriend?Book Giveaway: The Last Tea Bowl Thief

Beyond Tokyo: Kenroku-en Garden lit up at nightSeasonal Secret: Bonsai ChrysanthemumsJapanese Home Cooking: Chicken & Ginger Yakitori MeatballsWhy, Japan, Why?: Are ya feelin’ lucky? How Japanese tip the hand of fateBook Giveaway: IdoruBook news you can use: Writing how-tos, killer reviews, podcasts & more

Beyond Tokyo: YomiuriLand IlluminationsSeasonal Secret: The Japanese Art of Gift GivingJapanese Home Cooking: Marinated Pork Medallions with Melted LeeksWhy, Japan, Why?: There’s nothing weirder than Xmas in JapanBook Giveaway: December 6My picks for gift reads: There’s a book on this list for everyone on YOUR list

Beyond Tokyo: A magical cliffside of icicles lit up at nightSeasonal Secret: Setagaya Boroichi: The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea marketsWhy, Japan, Why?: Japan’s Pet ObsessionBook Review: OUT

Beyond Tokyo: Katsuura: 40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robesSeasonal Secret: Plum Blossom SeasonJapanese Home Cooking: Japanese Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Thing I Learned Today: The strange barbers of YoshiwaraBook Review: Tokyo Vice

Beyond Tokyo: Cherry blossoms to die for, long after the rest are historyJapanese Home Cooking: Japanese Treasure RiceThe Thing I Learned Today: Be careful what you hang on your wall…Why, Japan, Why?: Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we neededBook Review: The Aosawa Murders

Beyond Tokyo: Ashikaga Flower Park giant wisteriaJapanese Home Cooking: Ginger-Soy Steak SauceThe Thing I Learned Today: How to live forever, Japanese-styleSeasonal Secret: Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddingsBook Review: Klara and the Sun

Beyond Tokyo: A village of thatch-roofed farmhouses less than an hour from TokyoJapanese Home Cooking: Green Salad with Japanese Pickled Onions and Wafu Onion DressingThe Thing I Learned Today: How to read a haiku poemSeasonal Secret: Edogawa Goldfish FestivalBook Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

Beyond Tokyo: Sado IslandJapanese Home Cooking: How to host a great sake tastingThe Thing I Learned Today: What I Never Knew About the 47 RōninSeasonal Secret: The angry ghost cat paradeBook Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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

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

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