NOV-DEC 2021

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Japanese Home Cooking: Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream

Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream

Every holiday season I like to sneak one new cookie onto the plate of old favorites, and I can already tell these are going to be a big hit! They’re sparkly and buttery (with a hint of nutty), and the filling is bursting with brown sugar goodness…read more

Seasonal Secret: Come stroll through the tunnels of golden gingko trees with me!

Gingko trees at Showa Kinen Park
In Japan, gingko trees are planted in stately alleys for one reason and one reason only: the few days in late November and early December, when they become tunnels of wonder and pave the streets with gold…read more

Beyond Tokyo: So. Many. Foxes.

Foxes at Fox Village in the snow

Come with me to the mountains of Miyagi prefecture when they’re are covered in snow, and let’s cavort with dozens and dozens of foxes at their fluffiest and furriest…read more

Why, Japan, Why?: One more reason why I love Japan

Butt ugly building in Tokyo

This. Read more

Book Review: All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

Cover of All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

This excellent page-turner was the first one by bestselling Japanese mystery writer Miyuki Miyabe to become available in English, and it’s still my favorite. If you haven’t read any of hers, you’re in for a treat!…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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