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Sake tasting how-to, the angry cat ghost parade & a voyage to Sado Island

Links to the September-October 2021 Japanagram features

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

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How to host a great sake tasting

Sake isn’t just for Japanese food anymore—restaurants all over the world are discovering it’s the perfect pairing for all kinds of food. But how do you know what kind of sake you like? Here’s everything you need to know so you can enjoy Japan’s national drink and order like a pro!…read more


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

The Bakeneko Festival gives even those who wouldn’t usually get caught dead in a set of whiskers a chance to let loose their inner ghost cat, and—no surprise!—it’s one of the best parades all year…read more


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

Sado Island is just an hour offshore by hydrofoil, but it used to take a lot longer to get to the place where troublemakers got sent by the powers-that-be. This ruggedly gorgeous spot isn’t your average run-of-the-mill purgatory, though…read more


The 47 Rōnin? The true story is so much crazier than I knew!

You can understand why the tale of the 47 masterless samurai who avenge their lord appeals—righteous grudges, extreme consequences, clever & twisted revenge. It’s definitely got the makings of a killer Netflix series. But the most amazing thing is…read more


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This National Book Award winner is not just for snobby critics—if (like me) you’re a sucker for sweeping generational tales about people who overcome hardship, bad luck and prejudice, and are sympathetic even though flawed, you’re going to love Pachinkoread more

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Japanese Home Cooking:
Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream

Beyond Tokyo:
So. Many. Foxes.
Let’s go to Fox Village!

Seasonal Secret:
Come stroll through the tunnels of golden gingko trees with me!

Why, Japan, Why?:
The real reason why I love Japan

Book Review & Giveaway:
All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

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!

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“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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