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MARCH 2020

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March Book Review: Ghosts of the Tsunami

Ghosts of the Tsunami is a page-turningly readable piece of narrative non-fiction, written by the Asia Editor of The Times of London. Using fascinating personal accounts – like why Buddhist priests had to brush up on their exorcism skills – he delivers poignant insights into the way that the Japanese deal with life, death, and what you do the day after your world is washed away…read more

Japanese Home Cooking for March: One recipe, two meals!

The first night, you can serve the classic Japanese mom comfort food called niku-jaga (tender beef, potatoes and vegetables simmered in a savory sauce), then add instant curry to the leftovers the next night for Niku-jaga Curry Rice that’s so much better than any curry rice you’ve ever eaten, you won’t believe it…read more

Beyond Tokyo: Let’s go Firewalking with the Mountain Monks

Who can resist the opportunity to do a bit of firewalking? Once a year, they actually let you join in, at the Hiwatari Matsuri, just an hour outside of Shinjuku Station at Mt. Takao…read more

Seasonal Secret for March: Nine spectacular cherry blossom spots in Tokyo

My nine favorite places to see (and snap upworthy pix!) of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, including some secret spots most people don’t know about…read more

Why, Japan, Why? for March: How can Oreos be more Japanese than sumo wrestlers?

You’re not going to like the answer if you believe the ONLY way to eat Oreos is to eat the cookie parts separately from the filling…read more

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If you love Japan, you might enjoy The Last Tea Bowl Thief too

“A suspenseful plot that keeps you guessing…a pleasure to read.” —Mary Mackey, New York Times bestselling author of The Year The Horses Came

For three hundred years, a missing masterpiece passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, indelibly altering the lives of all who possess itread more

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

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