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Seasonal Secret: Feast your eyes on these Japanese New Year’s decorations
From December 28 to January 7, Japanese new year decorations hang on every door, beckoning in good luck and prosperity for the coming year…read more
The Thing I Learned Today: Why do Japanese people refuse to buy used cars, beautiful old houses and vintage kimonos?
The longer you’re in Japan—a place known for its meticulously curated ancient sites and intricate recycling rules—the weirder it seems that people insist on buying only new houses, new cars, new clothing, new everything. Saddest of all…read more
Beyond Tokyo: The weird Japanese theme park that’s amazing in the most unexpected way
What if I told you that I’d visited a place in Japan that surprised me in a way that I never expected to be surprised? When I finally made it to this place in October, I expected the space-time continuum to be so warped that in a single day you can look in on morning meditation at the Byōdo-in Temple near Kyoto, get in your 10,000 steps at the Great Wall of China, drop by Bangkok’s…read more
Jan-Feb 2023 Book Review & Giveaway:
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
I expected this to be a book of short stories, but it’s an almost stream-of-consciousness flow of gorgeous details, pulled from the real experiences of countless immigrants and woven into a complex portrait of how and why they left their families in Japan and built new…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