If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of The Pillow Book: Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan by Sei Shōnagon! If you think this … Continue Reading Did you win the July-August book giveaway?
The 47 rōnin? This well-known story is so much crazier than I knew! You can see why the tale of the forty-seven masterless samurai who avenge their lord appeals—righteous grudges, … Continue Reading The Thing I Learned Today SEP-OCT 2021
How to host a great sake tasting Sake isn’t just for Japanese food anymore—it’s popping up in top restaurants all over the world as the perfect pairing for all kinds … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking SEP-OCT 2021
Sadogashima in Niigata prefecture Sado Island: A rugged paradise with famous drummers, bathtub boats, and a cave filled with spooky Jizo figures 🥁These days, Sado Island is an hour offshore … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo SEP-OCT 2021
Bakeneko Parade in Kagurazaka, Tokyo A parade of people dressed up as angry ghost cats? Yes, please! 😸Japan is host to the most delightful festivals ever, and even the supernaturally … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret SEP-OCT 2021
Pachinko By Min Jin Lee Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: This multi-generation story about what it’s like to be a … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway SEP-OCT 2021
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun! If you think this is you, shoot a message to JapanagramJonelle@gmail.com and tell me … Continue Reading Did you win the May-June book giveaway?
Nothing tastes better with grilled everything than a crisp green salad bejeweled with tasty pickled onions and a tangy wafu dressing that’ll knock your socks off! Green Salad with Japanese … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking JUL-AUG 2021
Nihon Minka-en Japanese Folk House Garden in Kanagawa prefecture A whole park full of thatch-roofed farmhouses, just outside of central Tokyo! ⛩One of the most amazing things to see in … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo JUL-AUG 2021
Triple your pleasure: Three great things to look for in a haiku poem I’m going to come right out and say it: nothing makes me want to throw my hands … Continue Reading The Thing I Learned Today JUL-AUG 2021
Edogawa Goldfish Festival Goldfish, goldfish, everywhere: The most delightful summer festival in all of Japan 🎐You might remember from a previous Japanagram that one traditional way of beating the Japanese … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret JUL-AUG 2021
The Pillow Book: The Diary of a Courtesan in Tenth Century Japan By Sei Shōnagon Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: N/ATranslation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway JUL-AUG 2021
Click on photo or link to read the feature Here’s what’s in the May-Jun 2021 Japanagram! Beyond Tokyo: Ashikaga Flower Park giant wisteria • Japanese Home Cooking: Ginger-Soy Steak Sauce … Continue Reading MAY-JUN 2021
Klara and the Sun By Kazuo Ishiguro Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: N/ATranslation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐My recommendation: I did not love this book, but every … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway MAY-JUN 2021
Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture Come for the purple, stay for the lights ⛲️ There’s only one reason to trek all the way out to Ashikaga at the beginning … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo MAY-JUN 2021
‘Tis the season to get hitched: Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddings 1 You don’t have to be there to get married The only way to get legally … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret MAY-JUN 2021