International food fails, gorgeous iris gardens & sake making on Sado Island

May-June 2022 Japanagram e-magazine features

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

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International Food Fails of Japan

Yakisoba sandwich

In a country where only 24% of the population even have a passport, the closest most Japanese have ever been to “foreign” food is the restaurant down the block. Not surprisingly, this black hole of experience plays out in some, er, entertaining ways…read more


A sea of purple, delighting visitors for hundreds of years

Iris blooming at the Meigetsu-in garden in Kamakura

In the West, it’s rare to see more than a couple of delicate butterfly-like Japanese iris artfully ringing a pond at the local botanical garden, but in Japan, they grow whole fields stuffed with every variety and color combination imaginable, to create a sea of graceful nodding purple, as far as the eye can see…read more


Why yes, that mold IS a National Living Treasure

My friend Mac of Kanpai Planet fame spent a week on Sado Island learning how to make premium sake. From tasting the mold-infused starter to heaving around mountains of wet rice in the middle of the night, he took one for the team so we don’t have to…read more


A delightful summer supper from this month’s cookbook giveaway

Recipes from The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen by Eric Gower

Even if you don’t win a copy of The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen, you can enjoy these fresh summer treats: Mint-Cilantro Udon with Fresh Ginger & Meyer Lemon and Hamachi Tataki with Tomato-Ginger Sauce. Both take hardly any prep time and…read more


The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen by Eric Gower

Cover of The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen by Eric Gower

Every single recipe in this cookbook is delicious and easy to make. These aren’t the traditional Japanese staples; they’re “fusion” inspirations that marry traditional Japanese flavors to ingredients we’re more familiar with in the West….read more

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 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 e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

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