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Japanese wedding weirdness, how to live forever, and killer ginger-soy steak sauce

Links to the May-June 2021 Japanagram features

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

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Come for the purple, stay for the lights

Giant wisteria at Ashikaga Flower Park

The Ashikaga Flower Park not only boasts insanely huge wisteria, it bursts with equally wonderful flower displays and nighttime illuminations in other seasons too. The grounds are filled with meandering paths and reflecting pools, so every photo delivers double the wow…read more


Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddings

Barbie themed Japanese wedding gown

From fake priests to Barbie princess gowns, Japanese weddings are a whole different ballgame…read more


How to live forever, Japanese style

Kabuki star

You know those “artist names” that get passed down from one generation to the next in Japan? I always assumed those were about art. That the passing of the torch was all about choosing the most gifted artist of the next generation to take their predecessor’s place at the top of the…read more


Ginger-Soy Steak Sauce

Ginger-Soy Steak Sauce

Grill up your favorite meat and give it a fresh new taste by dipping it in this easy but oh-so-tasty Japanese steak sauce! Or you can eat it yakiniku style, wrapped in a lettuce leaf with a slather of tangy miso…read more


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Cover of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The latest novel by Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro explores what it means to be human, through the character of Klara, an artificially intelligent android bought to be a companion for a gravely ill girl…read more

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Beyond Tokyo:
Let’s meander through a park with twenty-three thatch-roofed farmhouses

Nihon Minka-en thatch-roofed farmhouses

Seasonal Secret:
The most delightful summer festival in all of Japan is all about…goldfish!

Fish-shaped balloon souvenir at Edogawa Goldfish Festival

The Thing I Learned Today:
How to read a haiku poem

Woodblock print of two girls viewing the moon

Japanese Home Cooking:
Green Salad with Japanese Pickled Onions and Wafu Onion Dressing

Green salad with pickled onions and Japanese wafu onion dressing

Book Review & Giveaway:
The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

Cover of the Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon

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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