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Samurai graffiti, mountaintop enlightenment, & the famous Yakitori Chicken Mini-Burger recipe

Hi, friend. It’s me, Jonelle.

If you need a little break to recharge your batteries before heading back out into the fray, here are links to the features Japanagram subscribers read about in May.

Instead of searching out killer Instagram shots or rare souvenirs, let’s stop, exhale, and be refreshed by a very different kind of travel: a pilgrimage.

Links to the MAY 2020 Japanagram features:

Statue of Kobo Daishi (Kukai) at Koya-san

BEYOND TOKYO

Let’s go to Koya-san, one of the most mystical pilgrimage sites in all of Japan

Whether you’re searching for enlightenment, want to test whether you’re pure of heart or not, or just want to see the tomb that’s carved in the shape of a giant coffee cup, Koya-san is well worth the trip…read more

Photo of goshuin Japanese pilgrimage stamp books

PILGRIMAGE SECRETS

Six things you didn’t expect to discover on a pilgrimage

Pilgrimages can deliver so much more than sore feet and eternal brownie points! We might find anything from samurai era graffiti to shortcuts to paradise on our journey to spiritual enlightenment…read more

Photo of Yakitori Chicken Min-Burgers (tofu hamburgers) in pan

JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Yakitori Chicken Mini-Burgers

While these are cooking, I guarantee everyone you live with is going to appear in your kitchen at some point, asking, what smells so great? And when’s dinner? Then they’ll inhale these as though they hadn’t eaten for a week, never stopping to ask what’s in them or suspect how insanely healthy they actually are…read more
Cover of Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye with Jizo figures

BOOK REVIEW

Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye

This is the book that made me want to see Koya-san for myself.The author leads us on a journey to legendary places––from meditating at an elite Zen monastery to standing in line at the haunted lake where you can consult a blind medium to speak with the dead––and asks all the right questions…read more

And in JUNE…

🎐Let’s give in to micro-nostalgia (you know, that longing for a simpler time…like, four months ago?) June’s features spotlight Japanese places, traditions, and things that haven’t changed, and never will. If you’re not a subscriber, you can’t read them until the end of the month, but it’s easy to join me and get full access now! Click on the link at the end of each article or scroll down to the Get Japanagram button.

Here’s what’s in the June issue:

Photo of goldfish in bags of water at the Edogawa Goldfish Festival in Japan

SEASONAL SECRET

Stay cool in the summer, the traditional Japanese way

Let’s be honest, Japanese summers are miserable. Hot, humid, don’t get me started. How did they survive, in the days before A/C? Here are five traditional summertime hacks that will amuse and amaze. (To read more, click here to get Japanagram)

Small child in red raincoat feeding rabbits at Japan's bunny island Okunoshima

BEYOND TOKYO

Let’s go Okunoshima, an uninhabited island whose only residents are lots and lots of bunnies

The flocks of bunnies are extra cute and friendly, but I picked this destination for a different reason. Read why this place struck me as exactly the kind of place we all need to visit right now. (To read more, click here to get Japanagram)

Cover of The Essential Haiku edited by Robert Hass, with koi fish swimming

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

The Essential Haiku edited by Robert Hass

This is the perfect read for these chaotic times, reminding us that despite the disaster we’ve all been living through, the seasons still turn, the moon still waxes and wanes, and small moments of joy and insight and beauty still touch each of us in small ways, as well as great ones.(To enter to win your very own copy, click here to become a Japanagram subscriber)

Photo of Japanese Chicken Salad with Soy-Lemon Dressing

JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Japanese Chicken Salad with Tangy Soy-Lemon Dressing

As the warm June rains arrive with the monsoon, this chicken salad is the perfect fresh and summery meal. It’s satisfying all by itself, or paired with rice and grilled meat for a heartier supper. (Click here to get the recipe and your very own Japanagram)

BEYOND THE ONLY IN JAPAN POST:

How did Japan beat the virus without lockdowns or mass testing?

Here’s some background and insider scoop on the 43 reasons that the Japanese believe they escaped the pandemic, to help you separate the facts from the merely hilarious. (To read more, click here to get Japanagram)

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

2 thoughts on “Samurai graffiti, mountaintop enlightenment, & the famous Yakitori Chicken Mini-Burger recipe Leave a comment

    • Thank you, lovely! So relieved to hear I didn’t miss the boat by a mile (><;;) It's so hard to guess what everyone wants to read about these days, when everything is so topsy turvy, but you have been doing a fine job yourownself!

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