JAN-FEB 2022

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Japanese Home Cooking: Spicy Japanese Eggplant

One day in Tokyo, I was at a lunch made by the women in this crazy Japanese women’s club I belong to. When I tasted the eggplant dish, I moaned with delight and said, “OMG who made this? It is SO GOOD.” It just so happened that…read more

Seasonal Secret: If you thought quilting was a Western art, think again!

There’s an international quilt show that traditionally happens every January in Tokyo, and the entries from Japanese artists not only feature only-in-Japan designs, the have surprising Japanese color palettes and stitching techniques to die for…read more

Beyond Tokyo: Let’s visit the perfect garden for how we’re feeling right now

Through snow, through sleet, through dark of night, the samurai lord’s plum garden at Kairakuen never fails to deliver! A hundred stunning varieties bloom when nothing else has awakened from winter, and they’re even more beautiful lit up at night…read more

Why, Japan, Why?: Travel anxiety? The Japanese have a product for that!

From pre-battered suitcases to portable bidet wands, the Japanese traveler can be prepared for every potentially embarrassing travel situation.
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Book Review: The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

This fabulous murder mystery is set in the underground world of tattooed outcasts, where inked skin is not only a statement while living, but a collectible once dead. First published in 1948, this classic of Japanese crime fiction is a glimpse into…read more

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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