MAR-APR 2022

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Japanese Home Cooking: Sweet Sesame Spinach

Horenso goma-ae Japanese spinach

As a veteran vegetable hater, I have a special spot in my grinchy heart for leafy greens, but this traditional Japanese way of cooking spinach is so good I can eat a bag of green stuff as big as my head and still go back for more…read more

The Thing I Learned Today: The Wizard of Oz is alive and well and living in Japan

Japanese train station employee behind the ticket machines seen through a small door

Japanese train stations are a miracle of automation, with ticket machines spitting out the right ticket in the right amount with the right change millions of times a day. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that behind all this automatic perfection is…read more

Beyond Tokyo: Let’s hike through a blooming wonderland

Azaleas in bloom at Shiofuji Kannon-ji temple in Ome

Every April, this temple’s kilometers upon kilometers of hiking trails look out on riotously blooming azaleas, as far as the eye can see. Around every bend, each view is more jaw-dropping than the last…read more

Why, Japan, Why?: Tevye-san: You haven’t really seen Fiddler on the Roof until you’ve seen it in Japanese

Poster for Japanese production of Fiddler on the Roof

From a thoroughly bewigged Mozart to a female Rhett Butler, Japanese musical theater adaptations never fail to— Do I really need to say more? Just click on this

Book Review: All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama

Cover of All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama

If you don’t read this for the infuriating, hilarious and inexplicable bits of Japanese culture that thrived in the Hawaiian cane camps of the 1930s, read it for a glimpse of the old Hawaii that existed before the islands became the tourist nirvana they…read more

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

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