Spicy Japanese Eggplant One day in Tokyo, I was at a lunch made by the women in this crazy Japanese women’s club I belong to, where each member had made … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking JAN-FEB 2022
The Tattoo Murder Case By Akimitsu Takagi Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Entertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: A real page-turner of a police procedural that … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway JAN-FEB 2022
Kairaku-en Plum Garden in Mito prefecture Let’s visit the perfect garden for how we’re feeling right now 🌸Like cherry blossoms, which are beloved because their brief but glorious life is … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo JAN-FEB 2022
The Tokyo International Quilt Festival If you thought quilts were a Western art, think again! 🧵You know how Japan embraces stuff from all over the world, and then turns it … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret JAN-FEB 2022
Japanese fears, explained by travel products I used to laugh at the sheer array of disinfectant travel wipes for sale at Tokyu Hands (for planes! for trains! for public bathrooms!) … Continue Reading Why, Japan, Why? JAN-FEB 2022
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe! If you think this is you, shoot a message to JapanagramJonelle@gmail.com and tell … Continue Reading Did you win the Nov-Dec book giveaway?
Click on photo or link to read the feature Here’s what’s in the January 2021 Japanagram! • Seasonal Secret: The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea markets This treasure trove of … Continue Reading JANUARY 2021
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of Martin Cruz Smith’s December 6! If you think this is you, shoot a message to JapanagramJonelle@gmail.com and tell me if you’d … Continue Reading Did you win the December book giveaway?
For your New Year’s entertainment: An original round of Japan-flavored JEOPARDY Hello friends, it’s me, your virtual Japan Jeopardy host! Looking for a little fresh amusement? Throughout this long, long, … Continue Reading Let’s play Jeopardy!
OUT By Natsuo Kirino Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Entertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: A fabulous thriller that skillfully conveys just how cold and ingenious … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway JANUARY 2021
This month’s destination: The Misotsuchi Icicles in Saitama prefecture Icicles of wonder ❄️ This secret Japanese pleasure isn’t a famous tourist destination—it’s really more of a pit stop along the … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo JANUARY 2021
Japan’s pet obsession: Dogs in schoolgirl uniforms are just the tip of the iceberg In the land with the most rapidly shrinking birthrate in the world, it’s easy to see … Continue Reading Why, Japan, Why? JANUARY 2021
Setagaya Boroichi: The mother of all flea markets Let’s face it— we’ve all had a year of being stuck inside, getting rid of stuff that was oppressing us, and NOT … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret JANUARY 2021