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

FEBRUARY 2021 Japanagram e-magazine 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

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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.

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

  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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