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Beyond Tokyo: We journey to a vast and serene lotus garden grown from 3,000-year-old seeds
Since time immemorial, these ancient symbols of “pure beauty that flowers from the muckiest mud” have uplifted the human spirit, so it’s fitting that even in these grim times, we can still wander beneath their glowing green parasols and marvel as their pink perfection unfurls at the break of day…read more
This month’s book review & giveaway: Shinjū
What’s especially enjoyable about this mystery is that it drops us straight into the intricate and treacherous structure of samurai-era Japan. Riding along with the shōgun’s personal investigator, Sano Ichirō, we encounter unexpected dead ends based on politeness, failure to secure the right introduction, and other aspects of Japanese society that still, amazingly enough, exist today.…read more
Japanese Home Cooking for May: Eggplant with Sweet & Salty Miso Sauce
Dengaku sauce is one of those tasty toppings that makes even people who “don’t like Japanese food” beg for seconds. Everything from eggplant to slices of pork tenderloin to skewers of grilled chicken will disappear in record time if slathered in Dengaku…read more
Seasonal Secret: Souvenirs NOT to buy in July
The ultimate souvenir not only reminds you of the place where you bought it, it also reminds you of the joys of being in Japan during that season. Which is why you might be tempted to bring home one of these lovely handpainted flower lamps that are only sold during July and August…read more
Why, Japan, Why?: Why did NHK try to Japansplain the global anti-racism protests with this excruciatingly embarrassing video?
You don’t have to understand Japanese to instantly grasp that this video produced and aired by NHK (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC) is exactly how NOT to explain why anti-racism protests have exploded across America and the world...read more
If you love Japan and love a good mystery, don’t forget to check out The Last Tea Bowl Thief!
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist
Here’s a sample…