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Japanese holiday cookies, a tunnel of golden gingko trees & so many foxes

Links to the November-December 2021 Japanagram features

Author Jonelle Patrick

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

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Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream

Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream

Every holiday season I like to sneak one new cookie onto the plate of old favorites, and I can already tell these are going to be a big hit! They’re sparkly and buttery (with a hint of nutty), and the filling is bursting with brown sugar goodness…read more


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

Gingko trees at Showa Kinen Park

In Japan, gingko trees are planted in stately alleys for one reason and one reason only: the few days in late November and early December, when they become tunnels of wonder and pave the streets with gold…read more


So. Many. Foxes.

Foxes at Fox Village in the snow

Come with me to the mountains of Miyagi prefecture when they’re are covered in snow, and let’s cavort with dozens and dozens of foxes at their fluffiest and furriest…read more


One more reason why I love Japan

Butt ugly building in Tokyo

This. Read more


All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

Cover of All She WAs Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

This excellent page-turner was the first one by bestselling Japanese mystery writer Miyuki Miyabe to become available in English, and it’s still my favorite. If you haven’t read any of hers, you’re in for a treat!…read more

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Japanese Home Cooking:
Spicy Japanese Eggplant

Beyond Tokyo:
A stroll through one of the three great gardens of Japan

Plum blossoms at Kairakuen garden in the snow

Seasonal Secret:
If you thought quilting was a Western art, think again!

Awaodori quilt detail

Why, Japan, Why?:
Travel anxiety? The Japanese have a product for that!

Pre-dinged suitcases

Book Review & Giveaway:
The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

Cover of The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

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!

Audiobook just released!

Audiobook cover of The Last Tea Bowl Thief by Jonelle Patrick

 The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, 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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