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Seasonal Secret: The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea markets

Antiques for sale at the Setagaya Boroichi flea market in Tokyo

This treasure trove of a flea market only happens twice a year, but what a goldmine it is! Where else might you find a set of antique lacquer ozonibowls, a disgruntled workman doll, a pre-dial-era telephone, and a couple of courtesan’s tobacco pipes, all on one table!…read more

Beyond Tokyo: A magical cliffside of icicles lit up at night

Misotsuchi Icicles Tsurara lit up at night

This secret Japanese pleasure isn’t a famous tourist destination—it’s really more of a pit stop along the way to other great places—but it’s so spectacular in an ur-illuminations kind of way, I just have to show it to you….read more

Why, Japan, Why?: Dogs dressed in schoolgirl uniforms are just the tip of the iceberg

Huskies dressed like schoolgirls in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

In the land with the most rapidly shrinking birthrate in the world, it’s easy to see where all that energy is going. Pets have their own fashion, transportation, spas, gourmet delis and more…read more

Book Review: OUT by Natsuo Kirino

Cover of OUT by Natsuo Kirino

A brutal murder is just the beginning of this dark thriller, where we watch an ordinary housewife and her friends cover up the crime with Ripley-esque practicality and utter absence of guilt…click here

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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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