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40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robes, Japanese chicken soup, & strange barbers of the pleasure quarter

Links to the FEBRUARY 2021 Japanagram features

Author Jonelle Patrick

Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in February…

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40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robes? Yes, please!

Sacred Girls Day dolls on the shrine steps in Katsuura

Every year, the town of Katsuura puts on a Girls’ Day Doll Festival to end all doll festivals. Nearly 40,000 magnificently attired hina-sama suddenly appear all over town, in displays that are truly jaw-dropping…read more


The fabulous flower season that happens when nothing in its right mind would be blooming

Pink plum blossoms

February in Japan is not fun. Cold and gray, its only festival involves demons, dry beans and smelly sardines. There would pretty much be nothing to look forward to, if it weren’t for the…read more


The strange barbers of Yoshiwara

Woodblock print of hair restoration specialist in Yoshiwara

This is a new feature I’m adding because I thought you might enjoy the truly odd nuggets I’ve been discovering in the stack of academic tomes I’ve been plowing through for book research! This month’s is about an emergency service catering to wayward flaneurs of the pleasure quarter…read more


Japanese Chicken Soup for the Soul

Japanese chicken soup

When it’s cold and wet and dark outside, people in Japan long for comfort food just as much as we do, and this chicken soup will warm you right down to your toes. It’s comforting, but a little bit exotic, all at the same time…read more


Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

Cover of Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

The yakuza are nearly as legendary as the mafia (but harder to quit, since there’s no easy undo for full-body tattoos and missing fingers). The silver screen portrays them as stylish bad boys, but the real gangsters these anti-heros are based on are no joke. From extortion to human trafficking, they protect their…read more

And right now, subscribers are enjoying the


Beyond Tokyo:
Cherry blossoms to die for…a month after all the rest are history

Cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle

Seasonal Secret:
Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed

Monk throwing water on flames at Mt. Takao Hiwatari Matsuri

The Thing I Learned Today:
Be careful what you hang on your wall…

Woodblock print of the five types of men in Yoshiwara

Japanese Home Cooking:
Japanese Treasure Rice

Takikomi Gohan Japanese treasure rice

Book Review & Giveaway:
The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

Cover of The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

Win a hosted Book Zoom with author Jonelle Patrick
for you and your friends

If any of these look appealing (or you’d like to make that recipe for dinner tonight!) subscribe to Japanagram and get access to all of them right now. And of course, it’s always FREE!

 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 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!

2 thoughts on “40,000 dolls dressed in Imperial court robes, Japanese chicken soup, & strange barbers of the pleasure quarter Leave a comment

  1. Hi. How are you doing? Any idea when you can get back to Japan? Is there a recipe for the Treasure Rice; it looks wonderful. D❣️🧑‍🌾🍵🍣 Sent from my iPhone


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