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Beyond Tokyo: Let’s visit the most refreshing waterfall in the world

Shiraito-no-taki Falls in Japan

Just looking at pictures of this astonishing waterfall is enough to beat the summer heat, but being surrounded by its 180° music is one of life’s truly sublime moments. Come with me now, and experience it for yourself!…read more

Japanese Home Cooking for August: Brown Sugar Dessert Sauce

Kuromitsu Okinawan brown sugar dessert wauch on vanilla ice cream with powdered kinako

Dessert is the hardest thing to decide on for a Japanese meal, because most Japanese “desserts”are kind of disappointing, especially when compared to, say, chocolate. Which is why I’m delighted to show you how to make Okinawan Brown Sugar Sauce—a very Japanese delight that can top anything from ice cream to…read more

Why, Japan, Why?: “Honorably alone”: How Japan has perfected the art of eating, singing, and traveling solo

Man eating alone at ramen restaurant

At some point, we’ve all had the awkward experience of dining alone at a restaurant— the mingey table next to the wait station, the studious attention to an open book so people don’t think we got stood up. It used to be like that in Japan too, but…read more

This month’s book reviews: Claws of the Cat & CLIMB 

Covers of Susan Spann's Claws of the Cat and Climb

This month I’m giving away books to TWO lucky winners! Claws of the Cat is the first mystery in Susan Spann’s delightful series featuring Jesuit priest Father Mateo, and Hiro Hattori, the shinobi who’s been ordered to protect him. And CLIMB is her brand new memoir, a wry and moving account of her quest to…read more

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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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