SEP-OCT 2022

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First of all…say hello to an all-new Japanagram feature!

Instead of a book giveaway this month, I’m delving into my personal treasure trove of Japanese collectables for the…

Japan Swag Giveaway

From hilarious limited edition capsule toys to Japanese new year’s ornaments, each month one lucky subscriber will win something that’s uniquely Japanese and not available outside Japan. This will replace the book giveaway for a while, and all Japanagram subscribers are automatically entered to win.

Check your next Japanagram to see if you won the…

Sep-Oct 2022 Japan Swag Giveaway:
Attack Cats Limited Edition Capsule Toys

This month’s giveaway is a set of SIX limited edition Attack Cat capsule toys. I deploy mine whenever there’s a resource that needs guarding with style—as you can see, once you own a set, you won’t know how you managed without them….read more

Why, Japan, Why?: Haiku that capture the small embarrassments and ironies of modern life

Elderly uncle buying sake.
Do I really have to
Check his ID?

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The Thing I Learned Today: What’s the most Japanese thing you can ever do? Go on a bus tour

Since Japan “opened” its borders again in June of 2022, the only tourists who have been allowed into Japan are those on government-approved guided tours. So perhaps you’ve been wondering…what’s it really like to go on a bus tour? Lucky for you, I took one for the team, so you don’t have to!…read more

Seasonal Secret: Let’s watch an epic pagoda parade light up the night!

What better way to spend a fine fall evening than watching scores of five-tier pagodas parade down the street, all lit up and festooned with garlands of paper flowers? For over seven hundred years, the festival of 10,000 lanterns has been celebrated at…read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Nutty Noodles

These savory noodles are deeply satisfying, even though they’re made from only five ingredients. Walnuts give them a deep autumnal flavor that feels just right for the season, and although they’re a very traditional Japanese dish, everybody in the world asks for more…get the recipe

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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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