Are you still hanging in there, as we continue our wild ride through the Wonka tunnel and (hopefully soon!) pop out the other side? In a quest to make it all a little more bearable, the August Japanagram dished up a chance to win a signed paperback copy of the all-new, not-for-sale Only In Tokyo Short, a Japanese place you don’t have to visit to enjoy, and a solution for that perpetual puzzler, the Japanese dessert.
All subscribers get a free downloadable copy of It Was You, (in addition to the chance to win one of the ten signed paperback copies) so if you’re not yet signed up, click on the cover photo or scroll down to the Get Japanagram button to get yours!
Links to the AUGUST 2020 Japanagram features:
Let’s visit the most refreshing waterfall in the world
Just 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!…read more
JAPANESE HOME COOKING
Kuromitsu Dessert Sauce
Dessert is the hardest thing to decide on for a Japanese meal, because most Japanese “desserts”are kind of disappointing, especially when compared to, say, chocolate. Which is why I’m delighted to show you how to make Okinawan Brown Sugar Sauce—a very Japanese delight that can top anything from ice cream to…read more
BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Claws of the Cat & CLIMB
This month I gave 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 climb a hundred Japanese peaks in a year. Reviews of these two great books are here
EXCLUSIVELY FOR JAPANAGRAM SUBSCRIBERS
You can’t buy this book…but you can get it for FREE
In September, I’m giving away ten MORE signed paperback copies of It Was You, the all-new, not-for-sale Yumi & Kenji short! All Japanagram subscribers will be entered to win, and also get a link to download the ebook for free. If you’re at all interested in snagging this for yourself, scroll down to the Get Japanagram button and subscribe! Here’s a taste of what’s inside…
And in SEPTEMBER…
🍚I’m going to try to surprise you this month (in a good way!) even though you might feel like NOTHING could surprise you after what 2020 has flung at us so far. If you’re not a subscriber, you can’t read these features 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.
Here’s what’s in the September issue:
WHY, JAPAN, WHY?
Japanese beauty goals: Tall noses, small faces, and big feet
To Western ears, compliments in Japan often sound like anything but. Standards of beauty differ all over the world, but none are as quirky as Japan’s odd love of…(To read more, click here to get Japanagram)
Tanuki Town: Let’s go to Shigaraki and meet all manner of tricksters
This month we’re going to an ancient hamlet that’s deep in the mountains near Kyoto, where Japan’s most legendary trickster is born. Come with me as we wander through the town, and let’s see if we can spot all the ways local artists are teaching the old prankster new tricks…(To read more, click here to get Japanagram)
SEASONAL SECRET FOR SEPTEMBER
When the small and humble come together to become magnificent and mighty
When I started thinking about what’s so special about September in Japan, the first things that came to mind were three obscure flowers that are nobody’s favorite. By themselves, they’re utterly small and forgettable. You might even be a little insulted to receive a bouquet of them on your birthday…(To read more, click here to get Japanagram)
JAPANESE HOME COOKING
Japanese Summer Rice Bowl
This dish of harmonious flavor bombs can be made in less time than it takes to cook the rice! No-mess, no-smell, poached salmon with spicy miso topping teams up with chilled snow peas in soy-lemon dressing and peppery marinated mushrooms to make the perfect late summer meal…(To get the recipe, click here to get Japanagram)
BOOK REVIEWS & GIVEAWAY
Ten more signed paperback copies of It Was You!
This month, I’m giving away ten more signed paperback copies of the all-new, not-for-sale, Only In Tokyo Short, so you still have a chance to win a copy of the newest Yumi & Kenji…(To enter to win your very own copy, click here to become a Japanagram subscriber)
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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!