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
Click on photo or link to read the feature • Seasonal Secret: When the small and humble come together to become magnificent and mighty When I started thinking about what’s … Continue Reading SEPTEMBER 2020
If you pre-order a copy of The Last Tea Bowl Thief, I’ll send you a signed bookplate for the front! These cream-colored bookplates are printed on archival paper, and feature … Continue Reading A special gift for Japanagram subscribers
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of CLIMB, by Susan Spann! • You just won a copy of Claws of the Cat, by Susan Spann! If one … Continue Reading The twelve winners of the August Book Giveaways are…
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There’s nothing like a delicious Japanese rice bowl to end a late summer day on a satisfying note! This trio of Japanese flavor bombs are distinctive, but harmonious, and involve … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking SEPTEMBER 2020
Japan beauty goals: Tall noses, small faces & big feet “Your nose is so tall!” No foreigner lives in Japan for long without encountering this strangest of comments, delivered with … Continue Reading Why, Japan, Why? SEPTEMBER 2020
September: When the small and humble come together to become magnificent and mighty When I started thinking about what’s so special about September in Japan, the first things that came … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret SEPTEMBER 2020
This month’s destination: Shigaraki, in Shiga Prefecture Let’s go to Tanuki Town: A quaint mountain village filled with all manner of tricksters 🦡 Deep in a valley that runs through … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo SEPTEMBER 2020