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Hike through bowers of flowers, Tevye-san, and a recipe even kale-haters will love

Links to the March-April 2022 Japanagram features

Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in March and April…

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Sweet Sesame Spinach

As a veteran vegetable hater, I have a special spot in my grinchy heart for leafy greens, but this traditional Japanese way of cooking spinach is so good I can eat a bag of green stuff as big as my head and still go back for more…read more


Let’s hike through a blooming wonderland

Every April, this temple’s kilometers upon kilometers of hiking trails look out on riotously blooming azaleas, as far as the eye can see. Around every bend, each view is more jaw-dropping than the last…read more


You haven’t really seen Fiddler on the Roof until you’ve seen it in Japanese

From a thoroughly bewigged Mozart to a female Rhett Butler, Japanese musical theater adaptations never fail to— Do I really need to say more? Just click on this


All I Asking For Is My Bodyby Milton Murayama

If you don’t read this for the infuriating, hilarious and inexplicable bits of Japanese culture that thrived in the Hawaiian cane camps of the 1930s, read it for a glimpse of the old Hawaii that existed before the islands became the tourist nirvana they…read more

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Japanese Home Cooking:
A delightful summer supper from this month’s cookbook giveaway

Seasonal Secret:
A sea of purple, delighting visitors for hundreds of years

TheThing I Learned Today:
Why yes, that mold IS a National Living Treasure

Why, Japan, Why?:
International Food Fails of Japan

Book Review & Giveaway:
The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen by Eric Gower

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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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