|Thanks for being by my side as The Last Tea Bowl Thief went out into the wide world to seek its fortune. Your friendship and support mean more to me than you can know. Please help me celebrate at last by pulling up a comfy chair, picking your favorite sake cup, and letting me pour you a toast to the delights that November had to offer…|
NOVEMBER 2020 Japanagram e-magazine features
JAPANESE HOME COOKING
Chicken & Ginger Yakitori Meatballs
There’s nothing more crowd-pleasing than these delicious ginger-scented skewered meatballs, slathered in tangy yakitori sauce…read more
Gold-leafed ice cream, exploring a restored samurai town, and the world’s most killer Japanese garden lit up at night
The town of Kanazawa surprises and delights with everything from a beautifully restored samurai neighborhood we can explore—both inside and out—to one of the three most famous gardens in Japan lit up at night…read more
WHY, JAPAN, WHY?
Is it your lucky day? In Japan, here’s how they tip the hand of fate!
If someone told you they wanted to move a meeting you’d scheduled because the astrology forecast for that day is too unlucky, you’d probably be moving them right off the payroll, wouldn’t you? Unless you’re in Japan, where that’s a perfectly good reason to change a meeting, wait to buy a car, or…read more
The weird & wonderful world of bonsai chrysanthemums
Yes, bonsai chrysanthemums are a Thing. And they happen in Japan every year in November. That’s when growers with wicked smart tricks for shaping this unassuming shrub with the meh flowers into things of wonder compete for the most over-the-top shapes and unbelievable profusion…read more
BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Idoru by William Gibson
As I admitted in that interview on My Haunted Library, my secret guilty reading pleasure is sci-fi. And nowhere does sci-fi intersect with Japan more spectacularly than in William Gibson’s Idoru. If you love Japan, but you’ve never read this book, I envy you! I’d love to be reading it again for the first time…read more
LEVEL UP YOUR OWN WRITING WITH THESE GUEST BLOG POSTS
Writing how-tos, killer reviews, podcasts & more!
I don’t usually offer writing advice outside of workshops, but here are links to a few guest blog posts, podcasts and other bits and pieces that came out elsewhere last month, along with The Last Tea Bowl Thief. Level up your own writing with “Beyond the Five Senses: Six Powerful Tricks to Enhance a Sense of Place,” get moving again with “Are you stuck?” and soak up other tips & tricks to make your own writing dreams comes true!…read more
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The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist