Click on photo or link to read the feature Here’s what’s in the February 2021 Japanagram! • Beyond Tokyo: 40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robes? Yes, please! Every year, … Continue Reading FEBRUARY 2021
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
Beyond the cherry blossoms: Pink things that only appear during The Season Sure, the cherry trees are pretty in pink, but The Season offers far more delights (and horrors) than … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret MAR-APR 2021
Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture The cherry blossoms of your dreams…a month after all the rest are history 🌸 Cherry blossom season is legendary for good reason—even I have to … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo MAR-APR 2021
Be careful what you hang on your wall, because it might turn out to be… …something you’d rather not explain to dinner guests! Let’s say you’re browsing around a flea … Continue Reading The Thing I Learned Today MAR-APR 2021
The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Entertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: This book is one of those rare Japanese mysteries … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway MAR-APR 2021
This dish elevates plain old white rice to star level, with “treasures” of vegetables and a deep down savory flavor that will have everyone asking for seconds. Add marinated chicken … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking MAR-APR 2021
Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed Everybody knows about Japan’s famous tea ceremony, and of course they also mark weddings, funerals and graduations with ceremonies. But one of the … Continue Reading Why, Japan, Why? MAR-APR 2021
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of Jake Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice! 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 February book giveaway?
Win a book zoom for you and your friends, hosted by author Jonelle Patrick For the next few months, I’ll be giving away a fully hosted The Last Tea Bowl … Continue Reading Did you win the MAR-APR Book Zoom giveaway?
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of Natsuo Kirino’s OUT! If you think this is you, shoot a message to JapanagramJonelle@gmail.com and tell me if you’d like an … Continue Reading Did you win the January book giveaway?
The fabulous flower season that happens when nothing in its right mind would be blooming February in Japan is not fun. Cold and gray, its only festival involves demons, dry … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret FEBRUARY 2021
Tokyo Vice By Jake Adelstein Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: Investigative reporter Jake Adelstein covered the yakuza beat for a … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway FEBRUARY 2021
The strange barbers of Yoshiwara You’ve heard of Yoshiwara, right? The old Tokyo pleasure quarter? Well, it turns out that it wasn’t just any old red light district—it was its … Continue Reading The Thing I Learned Today FEBRUARY 2021
When it’s cold and wet and dark outside, people in Japan long for comfort food just as much as we do, and this chicken soup will warm you right down … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking FEBRUARY 2020
Katsuura Doll Festival in Katsuura, Chiba 40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robes? Yes, please! 🎎 Every year, the town of Katsuura puts on a Girls’ Day Doll Festival to … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo FEBRUARY 2021