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How to read a haiku, goldfish galore & a garden of thatch-roofed farmhouses

Links to the July-August 2021 Japanagram features

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

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

The Nihon Minka-en Folk House Garden is a jewel of a walk, featuring houses that are thatched in the time-honored way and built without nails. These beauties were brought from all over Japan, and they’re not just fun to look at—you can go inside…read more


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

There’s nothing more traditional than ogling insanely fancy (and expensive!) goldfish and, of course, catching your own…read more


How to read a haiku poem

Here are three things that will triple your reading pleasure…read more


Green Salad with Japanese Pickled Onions and Wafu Onion Dressing

There’s nothing more summery than a green salad made with crunchy pickled onions and flavored by a tangy Japanese onion dressing. Add chicken or grilled shrimp for a perfect summer meal…read more


The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

This collection of jottings on Hateful Things, Things Which Makes One’s Heart Beat Faster, Splendid Things, Things That Gain By Being Painted, Things Which Should Be Large, Oxen Should Have Very Small Foreheads, and much, much more is as amusing now as when it was…read more

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Japanese Home Cooking:
How to host a great sake tasting

Beyond Tokyo:
Let’s go to Sado Island, a paradise of bathtub boats, taiko drummers, & spooky Jizo caves

Seasonal Secret:
A parade of people dressed up as angry ghost cats? Yes, please!

The Thing I Learned Today:
The 47 Rōnin? This story is so much crazier than I knew!

Book Review & Giveaway:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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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