MAY-JUN 2021

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Seasonal Secret: Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddings

Barbie themed Japanese wedding gown

From fake priests to Barbie princess gowns, Japanese weddings are a whole different ballgame…read more

Beyond Tokyo: Come for the purple, stay for the lights

Giant wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

The Ashikaga Flower Park not only boasts insanely huge wisteria, it bursts with equally wonderful flower displays and nighttime illuminations in other seasons too. The grounds are filled with meandering paths and reflecting pools, so every photo delivers double the wow…read more

The Thing I Learned Today: How to live forever, Japanese style

Kabuki star

You know those “artist names” that get passed down from one generation to the next in Japan? I always assumed those were about art. That the passing of the torch was all about choosing the most gifted artist of the next generation to take their predecessor’s place at the top of the…read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Ginger-Soy Steak Sauce

Ginger-Soy steak dipping sauce

Grill up your favorite meat and give it a fresh new taste by dipping it in this easy but oh-so-tasty Japanese steak sauce! Or you can eat it yakiniku style, wrapped in a lettuce leaf with a slather of tangy miso…read more

Book Review: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Cover of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The latest novel by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro explores what it means to be human, through the character of Klara, an artificially intelligent android bought to be a companion for a gravely ill girl…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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