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APRIL 2020

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This month’s Book Review: Newcomer

Cover of Kego Higashino book Newcomer

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: Creamy Sesame-Ginger noodles

Sesame-ginger noodles on a Japanse plate

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 see thousands of fluttering fish flags

Koi nobori flying over a river in Tatebayashi

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: Embracing the OTHER spring season

People wearing face masks walking in a park with tulips blooming

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: Why you should be careful what you wish for in Japan

Author Jonelle Patrick and a kanji study flash card for ganbaru

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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And if you love a good read, you might enjoy The Last Tea Bowl Thief too

“…if you like Japan and mysteries…this book should be at the top of your TBR list. It’s a masterful dual timeline mystery—the kind of book you stay up until dawn to finish.” —Susan Spann, author of the Hiro Hattori mysteries and CLIMB

Two women from opposite sides of the globe have nothing in common, until they discover that both their futures depend on possessing a tea bowl that’s been missing since before they were 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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