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In Japan, You’re Never Too Young To…

…learn to charge your devices

Japanese baby toy device charger

…eat instant ramen

Japanese instant ramen baby food

…get addicted to those coin-gobbling, impossible-to-win claw machines

Japanese toy claw machine

…learn to drive a train

Japanese train driving simulator toy

…drink tea

Japanese mugi cha barley tea for babies

…start your own maid cafe

Japanese toy maid cafe for dolls

…organize your action figures’ weapons neatly on a 1/2 scale gun rack

Japanese toy gun rack

…summon the forces of darkness

Japanese toy spell casting set

Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan

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

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️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

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!

7 thoughts on “In Japan, You’re Never Too Young To… Leave a comment

  1. These are fantastic! I like the animals on the instant ramen – “Mommy, I want kitsune noodles!” Also parents should pay attention to the “BEE-DOO BEE-DOO” on that claw game and avoid. But maybe a good gift for that feral nephew whose parents think he’s perfect….hmmm.
    (Every time I see your long hair, I’m envious and resolve to grow mine.)
    – crow@well

    • Darlene, you are the sweetest! So glad this brought a smile to your face! How are you, on this cold winter day?

      I’ve been thinking of you lately and fretting, because I thought I wrote to thank you for that lovely and beautifully-written review you did on Amazon for The Last Tea Bowl Thief, but I couldn’t find a message to you ANYWHERE, so if by some chance I only did that in my head and expected it to magically wing its way to you through ESP, I’m so sorry! I see your name and your kind words every time I visit the book’s page, because your review seems to be one that has floated to the top as being useful to other readers. Thank you, old friend!

      • Aw, thanks for the real and winged thanks. I have a mild case of ESP so I figured the universe was good. I love your books and the blog. I hope my friends and readers find their way to your writings. I hope SF is treating you right during all this COVID19 stuff. And Thank you, my friend, for the education and fun.

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