The Japanese art of gift giving, millions of twinkling fairy lights, and hilarious Xmas weirdness

DECEMBER 2020 Japanagram e-magazine features

Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. I hope that the new year is bringing you all kinds of good changes and extra heapings of hope for you and yours! Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in December, and a preview of what they’re reading right now…

Author Jonelle Patrick in playing card kimono
Sake bottles wrapped in Japanese furoshiki


The Japanese art of gift giving

If there were medals for gifting, the Japanese would own the gold and the Guinness record for owning the gold…read more

Yomiuriland Jewelluminations


Millions of twinkling fairy lights, dancing fountain extravaganzas, and glowing cotton candy, all served up on a roller coaster

Yomiuriland outdoes itself this year with all-new glittering lights and fresh spectacles of live dancers performing with choreographed water fountains…read more

Man dressed as sexy Santa at Shibuya Station


There’s nothing weirder than Xmas in Japan

Like most things in Japan, they get Christmas exactly, excruciatingly right, and at the same time so very, very wrong. Poinsettias are all the rage, lavishly-trimmed trees abound, and Santa and his helpers are on every corner, except sometimes they’re a little…off…read more

Marinated pork medallions with melted leeks


Marinated Pork Medallions with Melted Leeks

Want to try something new that’s guaranteed to have your guests begging for seconds? These marinated medallions of pork tenderloin always get rave reviews, even from people who “don’t like Japanese food.” (Bonus: they’re easy to make and turn out perfect every time)…read more

Cover of December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith


December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith

This novel is set in the hours right before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, capturing the moment from inside the world of the attacker. Seen through the eyes of one of the few foreigners in Japan, we watch from within as this tiny, insignificant country thrusts itself onto the world stage…click here

Bookshelf at Boise Idaho bookstore


There’s a book on this list for everyone on YOUR list

The gift of escapism is at the top of everyone’s list this year, and books are the perfect getaway when we can’t get on a plane ourselves. Here are books that your giftees probably haven’t read yet, in every category…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

For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, changing the lives of all who possess it…read more

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

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

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

4 thoughts on “The Japanese art of gift giving, millions of twinkling fairy lights, and hilarious Xmas weirdness

  1. I just read all of your books, Miss Jonelle. You have great potential as writer. I like your fine knowledge and first hand experience in Japan. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I hope you do more stories about Japan.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s such a pleasure to met new friends who love the same things I do. I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the books (and yes, another one is in the works!) A happy St. Pat’s day right back atcha, and I hope you’re well and happy, wherever you are!

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