First of all, I feel quite sure that Murasaki Shikibu would agree that medieval court life would have been vastly improved by collecting video cats. (On the other hand, the novel might not have been invented for a few more centuries, because the Tale of Genji wouldn't have stood a chance against attracting Mr. Meowgi) July 10

Famous Japanese Art Improved By Neko Atsume

Because procrastination is my middle name and I currently have a Boaty McBoatload of editing to do, it became clear to me that the best use of my time this morning would be to see how much Japanese art could be improved by the addition of Tubbs & Co… Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series. Annnnd…Fallen […]

HanabiFeat2 July 05

Big Bouquets Of Fire Flowers

SUMMERTIME! In the land where fireworks are more like giant flaming bunches of posies than boisterous, wham-bam, shock & awe, that’s what hanabi really means in Japanese: fire flowers. A summertime treat accompanied by those other traditional favorites, squid-on-a-stick & beer, the first time I saw a Japanese fireworks display, I was struck dumb with amazement. Not only did […]

Ajisai60 June 30

Hydrangeas: Gateway To A Life Of Crime

I have a confession to make. Although my job is to write about ingenious ways people commit murder and mayhem, when it comes to obsessing about how I’d commit the perfect crime, it always ends up with hydrangeas. Yes, hydrangeas. To be more specific, hydrangea smuggling. Because before I went to Japan, I never dreamed that the humble fluffballs flanking granny’s […]

Yes BE STILL MY HEART it's from the Japanese doppelganger of SkyMall, found in all bullet train seat pockets! June 13

Kick That Bald Spot To The Curb, J-Style

Now THAT’s what I call a RUG. • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, which is finally coming out in PAPERBACK! NIGHTSHADE Book Trailer (0:52)    

Catzilla May 27

The Catzilla Vending Machine

Overcome with a burning need for yet more weird plastic toys (hey, don’t pretend this doesn’t happen to you!) I was poking around in my favorite Akihabara gachagacha emporium when I discovered THIS: • Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series. And guess what? They’re finally coming out in PAPERBACK! NIGHTSHADE Book Trailer (0:52)  

TapriFeat May 21

The Gods Of Kawaii Anoint The Most Inexplicable Animal Yet

    If there was a vote on which animal is least likely to be described as “fluffy, “winsome” and “cuddly,” I think tapirs would pretty much win the internet. So why are tapirs suddenly everywhere? Honestly, I’ve been trying to ignore this. How can tapirs be a THING? Of course, Japan has tasted the depths of cuteness desperation before, but this has to be a new low. […]

This garden never disappoints. May 02

Your NEW Golden Week Plans

If you’ve never walked among peonies that stand shoulder-high, with flowers as big as your head, get thee to these Tokyo gardens right now and prepare to be amazed! NISHIARAI-DAISHI TEMPLE Admission: Free Hours: 6:00 – 18:00 Map • UENO TOSHOGU SHRINE Admission: ¥700 Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Map • HAMA-RIKYU GARDEN Admission: ¥300 Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 Map • Jonelle Patrick […]

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