At New Year’s In Japan, Bigger Is Better


Try eating THIS monster lobster ‘n rice cake!

It’s that time of year when too much is just enough.


Jumbo wrestlers with jumbo mallets pound jumbo amounts of rice.


This special gigantic trash bin isn’t even big enough for the sacred garbage brought to the Yasukuni Shrine at New Year’s.

And biggest of all, my thanks to all you wonderful readers and commenters (and especially those of you who read and enjoyed my books!) for another great year of laughing and crying and saying hunh? with me as we wander through the ever-amazing world of Japan together.


Happy Year Of The Horse, from me to you!

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback


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