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

Links to the March-April 2021 Japanagram 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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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


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


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 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


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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Beyond Tokyo:
Come for the purple, stay for the lights

Wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

Seasonal Secret:
Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddings

Barbie ball gown for Japanese wedding

The Thing I Learned Today:
How to live forever, Japanese style

Kabuki poster

Japanese Home Cooking:
Ginger-Soy Steak Sauce

Yakiniku sauce ginger-soy steak sauce

Book Review & Giveaway:
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Cover of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

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!

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