Treasure rice, cherry blossoms at a northern castle, and Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed

March-April 2021 Japanagram e-magazine features

Author Jonelle Patrick

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

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BEYOND TOKYO:

Cherry blossoms to die for, long after the rest are history

Cherry blossoms and bridge at Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki delivers cherry blossoms season like you always imagined it would be, a month after The Season is done and dusted in other parts of Japan. I think this town in Japan’s northiest north is the most picturesque place in the whole country for grand pinkness…read more

SEASONAL SECRET

Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed

Monk throwing water on flames at Mt Takao Hiwatari Matsuri

Everybody knows about Japan’s famous tea ceremony, and of course they also mark weddings, funerals and graduations with appropriate pomp, but the Japanese have ceremonies for all kinds of great things besides the biggies…read more

THE THING I LEARNED TODAY

Be careful what you hang on your wall…

Woodblock print of the ive types of men in Yoshiwara

…because it might be something you don’t want to explain to your dinner guests!…read more

JAPANESE HOME COOKING

Japanese Treasure Rice

Takikomi Gohan Japanese treasure rice

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

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

Cover of The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

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.

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