JUL-AUG 2022

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Why, Japan, Why?: Extreme lunchboxing: The what, how & why of Japanese bentō

No country has made more of an art of packing a bag lunch and no moms* put more effort into this most resented of daily chores than those in Japan. Here’s why they do it, what goes into one and the secrets of how they do it…read more

Seasonal Secret: Floating lanterns on a warm moonlit night? Yes, please!

This toro nagashi ceremony is held at the temple that sits on an island amid the nodding lotus of Shinobazu Pond in Ueno. It signals the end of annual O-bon festivities—the three days in summer when the spirits of the ancestors….read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Easy Japanese Lunchbox Supper

It’s the peak of summer, and the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove, so what kind of meal can you pull together that turns leftovers and other stuff you’ve already got in your fridge into a feast for the senses?…read more 

Beyond Tokyo: Let’s go to Bonsai Village!

The neighborhood surrounding the Bonsai Art Museum in Ōmiya is home to the biggest concentration of bonsai nurseries in Japan. If you’re as much of a tiny tree fangirl as I am, ogling the pristine specimen trees at the museum followed by a stroll through nurseries packed with works-in-progress is one of the must-see…read more

Book Review: Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

The author of The Aosawa Murders gives the psychologial thriller a brilliantly executed twist in this just-released tale—both narrators are equally unreliable, but which one is the killer? As their own relationship falls apart, Aki and Hiro each suspect the other of…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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