Author Archives: Jonelle Patrick

SleepingBagYore March 05

Sleeping Bags Of Yore

At first I thought this was some kind of wacky winter kimono from prehistoric, pre-Patagonia days, but no: it’s actually a futon built for two! This fancy sleeping bag was actually used by courtesans when they entertained their customers in Yoshiwara! Back in the day, plenty of men wealthy enough to buy opulent mummy bags for their paramours frequented the pleasure quarters, even though it […]

Well, duh. February 27

When Is Something More Beautiful After It’s Broken?

When it’s a shoji screen with a tear in it, of course! This is how people mend paper screens after those inevitable situations where an object in motion tends to stay in motion. I love how something that becomes less perfect also becomes better. Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

KawaiiCatsup February 26

Even The Bar Codes Are Kawaii In Japan

Ahahahaha, Heintz Japan for the win! (Hey, so I ran out of stuff to read at dinner (><) SHUT UP!) Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.  

Welcome! February 22

Don’t Miss Your Big Chance To Experience A Host Club Without Traveling To Japan!

I’ve never been so sorry to be geographically challenged! If you’re going to Anime North (May 22-24) or are lucky enough to live in Toronto, GET THEE TO CAFÉ NOCTURNE ON THE DOUBLE! Experiencing a host club usually requires an expensive ticket to Tokyo and all kinds of special arrangements – not the least of which includes studying […]

HeartBurger February 15

The Hamburger Of Luv

Yes, it’s a heart-shaped patty of raw meat. Because what could be more romantic? (Thanks to my friend Mad Caron of Clumsy Dandy fame for spotting this, er, treat.) Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.

On the busy shopping street of Kappabashi-dori: these! February 11

Where To See The Best Plum Blossoms In Tokyo!

  It shouldn’t surprise you by now that I’m a total, total sucker for plum blossoms. I mean, up close, the flowers are much more beautiful than cherry blossoms. And you gotta admire that the damn things even bloom in the snow. I mean, they famously bloom in the snow (eight kerbillion haiku can’t be wrong.) So, here […]

HitoriOven February 09

Forever Alone Appliances

Used to be – if you were a Japanese man – you had it made. Food magically appeared on the table every mealtime and you never even had to learn how to push the button on the rice cooker or face the pots & pans that became mysteriously dirtied while keeping you alive. Mom did all that for you until you got married, […]

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