If you know someone who loves… This list of excellent books that I read (or re-read) this year have these three things in common: They’re compelling but not harrowing.The characters … Continue Reading My Book Gift List for DECEMBER 2020
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of William Gibson’s’s Idoru! 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 last month’s book giveaway?
December 6 By Martin Cruz Smith Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: This is a fascinating snapshot of life in Japan … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway DECEMBER 2020
Nothing is weirder than Xmas in Japan The first Christmas I spent in Japan, my head whipped around in a doubletake at the Santa with reindeer right next to a … Continue Reading Why, Japan, Why? DECEMBER 2020
This month’s destination: YomiuriLand Let’s go see the millions of twinkling lights at Yomiuriland! 🎢 Even if you’re past the age when roller coasters and carousels thrill you, get thee to … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo DECEMBER 2020
The Japanese art of gift-giving Since we’re careening into that present-exchanging time of year, I thought you might enjoy a peek into the Japanese art of gift giving. Not to … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret DECEMBER 2020
Have a special occasion coming up, and want to try something new that’s guaranteed to have your guests begging for seconds? These marinated pork tenderloin medallions are so deliciously tasty … Continue Reading Japanese Home Cooking DECEMBER 2020
Here are books to delight everyone on your list There’s no better escape than reading, and bookstores are the departure gates of 2020 Books are the perfect gift, because they … Continue Reading One stop shopping DECEMBER 2020
Click on photo or link to read the feature A special edition of Japanagram to celebrate the publication of The Last Tea Bowl Thief! • Why, Japan, Why?: Why is … Continue Reading SPECIAL EDITION
Click on photo or link to read the feature • Why, Japan, Why?: Tiny pants, the garbage police, and the more friends you have, the lonelier you might be There … Continue Reading OCTOBER 2020
Entertaining stuff you may have missed because you have a life Guest blog, podcast & video roundup If you’re already suffering from Too Much Jonelle, run! Save yourself! But I … Continue Reading Book News NOVEMBER 2020
This month’s destination: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture Gold-leafed soft-serve, a restored samurai neighborhood, and one of the three most gorgeous Japanese gardens in Japan…lit up at night! 🍁 Everybody thinks that … Continue Reading Beyond Tokyo NOVEMBER 2020
If you recognize your email, congratulations! You just won a copy of Liza Dalby’s The Tale of Murasaki! If you think this is you, shoot a message to JapanagramJonelle@gmail.com and tell me if … Continue Reading Did you win one of last month’s book giveaways?
Finally, a get-together with friends that’s designed to be fun online! The Last Tea Bowl Thief Book Zoom:Irresistable discussion starters,a diabolical trivia drinking game,and good fortune for all Want to … Continue Reading Pop-Up Book Zoom
The weird, weird world of bonsai chrysanthemums Venerable bonsai pines, move over for…bonsai chrysanthemums! Yes, bonsai chrysanthemums are A Thing. And it happens in Japan every year in November. That’s … Continue Reading Seasonal Secret NOVEMBER 2020
Idoru By William Gibson Setting & details: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Authenticity of Japanese characters & dialogue: ⭐⭐⭐⭐Translation quality: N/AEntertainment value: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐My recommendation: This book imagines a Japan that’s mesmerizing in its projections of … Continue Reading Book Review & Giveaway NOVEMBER 2020