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Summery miso grilling sauce, a garden grown from 3,000-year-old lotus seeds, and what souvenirs NOT to buy this month

Hello, my friend. It’s me again, Jonelle.

I hope it’s cheerier where you are, but it seems like nearly all my favorite things to look forward to during the carefree days of summer aren’t really happening this year. So, this month, let’s enjoy a different kind of summer delight: stuff we’re NOT missing! From divine flowers that everyone thought were extinct, to seasonal souvenirs you can be happy you didn’t buy, here are the features from the July Japanagram

Links to the JULY 2020 Japanagram features:

SEASONAL SECRET

Souvenirs NOT to buy in July and August

The ultimate souvenir forever reminds you of the joys of being in Japan, in the season you were there to enjoy. Which is why you might be tempted to bring home one of these lovely handpainted flower lamps that are only sold during July and August…read more

BEYOND TOKYO

We journey to a vast and serene lotus garden frown from 3,000-year-old seeds

Since time immemorial, these ancient symbols of “pure beauty that flowers from the muckiest mud” have uplifted the human spirit, and even in these grim times, isn’t it great that we can still wander beneath their green parasols and marvel as their pink perfection unfurls?read more

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Shinjū 

As the shōgun’s personal investigator, Sano Ichirō is assigned to look into crimes too delicate to entrust to the regular police. He not only has to use his wits to figure out whodunnit, he has to do it while navigating the devilishly tricky layers of privilege and obligation that exist to protect the powerful…read more

JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Miso Grilling Sauce

Dengaku sauce is one of those tasty toppings that makes even people who “don’t like Japanese food” beg for seconds. Everything from eggplant to slices of pork tenderloin to skewers of grilled chicken will disappear in record time when topped with this addictive delight…read more

WHY, JAPAN, WHY?

Why did NHK try to Japansplain the global anti-racism protests with this excruciatingly embarrassing video?

In a country with over 126 million people, You don’t have to understand Japanese to instantly grasp that this video produced and aired by NHK (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC) is exactly how NOT to explain why anti-racism protests have exploded across America and the world…read more

And in AUGUST…

🌻Trying to make this wild ride through the Wonka tunnel a little more bearable, this month we’re making a cool Japanese dessert, visiting an amazing waterfall you can enjoy without being there, and delving into how the Japanese have perfected the experience of eating, singing and traveling alone. If you’re not a subscriber, you can’t read them until the end of the month, but it’s easy to join and get full access now for FREE! Click on the link at the end of each description or scroll down to the Get Japanagram button.

And here’s another reason you might want to sign up now:

EXCLUSIVELY FOR JAPANAGRAM SUBSCRIBERS!

You can’t buy this book…but you can get it for FREE

On September 1st, I’m giving away ten signed paperback copies of It Was You, an all-new, not-for-sale Yumi & Kenji short! All Japanagram subscribers will be entered to win, and will also get a link to download the ebook for free. Here’s a taste of what’s inside...(To read more, click here)

Now, on to what’s in the August issue:

BEYOND TOKYO

Let’s visit the most refreshing waterfall in the world

These ancientJust looking at pictures of this astonishing waterfall is enough to beat the summer heat, but being surrounded by its 180° music is one of life’s truly sublime moments. Come with me now, and experience it for yourself!…(To read more, click here to get Japanagram)

O-bon lantern for sale

SEASONAL SECRET

Souvenirs NOT to buy in July

The ultimate souvenir forever reminds you of the joys of being in Japan, in the season you were there to enjoy. Which is why you might be tempted to bring home one of these lovely handpainted flower lamps that are only sold during July and August (To read more, click here to get Japanagram)

BOOK REVIEWS & GIVEAWAY

Claws of the Cat and CLIMB

This month I’m giving away books to TWO lucky winners! Claws of the Cat is the first mystery in Susan Spann’s delightful series featuring Jesuit priest Father Mateo, and Hiro Hattori, the shinobi who’s been ordered to protect him. And CLIMB is her brand new memoir, a wry and moving account of her quest to…(To enter to win your very own copy, click here to become a Japanagram subscriber)

JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Miso Grilling Sauce

Dengaku sauce is one of those tasty toppings that makes even people who “don’t like Japanese food” beg for seconds. Everything from eggplant to slices of pork tenderloin to skewers of grilled chicken will disappear in record time when topped with this addictive delight (To get the recipe, click here to get Japanagram)

WHY, JAPAN, WHY?

“Honorably alone”: How Japan has perfected the art of eating, singing, and traveling solo

You don’t have to understand Japanese to At some point, we’ve all had the awkward experience of dining alone at a restaurant— the mingey table next to the wait station, the studious attention to an open book so people don’t think we got stood up. It used to be like that in Japan too, but…(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!

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