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Pre-battered suitcases, fabulous Japanese quilts & plum blossoms in the snow

Links to the January-February 2022 Japanagram features

Author Jonelle Patrick

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

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Spicy Japanese Eggplant

Spicy Japanese eggplant

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 One day in Tokyo, I was at a lunch made by the women in this crazy Japanese women’s club I belong to. When I tasted the eggplant dish, I moaned with delight and said, “OMG who made this? It is SO GOOD.” It just so happened that…read more


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

Detail of Japanese quilt with awaodori dancer

There’s an international quilt show that traditionally happens every January in Tokyo, and the entries from Japanese artists not only feature only-in-Japan designs, the have surprising Japanese color palettes and stitching techniques to die for…read more


Let’s visit the perfect garden for how we’re feeling right now

Plum blossoms in the snow at Kairakuen

Through snow, through sleet, through dark of night, the samurai lord’s plum garden at Kairakuen never fails to deliver! A hundred stunning varieties bloom when nothing else has awakened from winter, and they’re even more beautiful lit up at night…read more


Travel anxiety? The Japanese have a product for that!

Pre-dinged suitcases for sale in Japan

From pre-battered suitcases to portable bidet wands, the Japanese traveler can be prepared for every potentially embarrassing travel situation.
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The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

Cover of The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

This fabulous murder mystery is set in the underground world of tattooed outcasts, where inked skin is not only a statement while living, but a collectible once dead. First published in 1948, this classic of Japanese crime fiction is a glimpse into…read more

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Japanese Home Cooking:
Sweet Sesame Spinach

Sweet sesame spinach horenso goma-ae

Beyond Tokyo:
Let’s hike through a blooming wonderland

Azaleas blooming at Shiofune Kannon temple

TheThing I Learned Today:
The Wizard of Oz is alive and well and living in Japan

Train station employee behind ticket machines

Why, Japan, Why?:
Tevye-san: You’ve never really seen Fiddler on the Roof until you’ve seen it in Japanese

Detail of poster advertising the Japanese stage production of Fiddler on the Roof

Book Review & Giveaway:
All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama

Cover of All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama

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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, 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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