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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WHY, JAPAN, WHY?
International Food Fails of Japan
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
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
THE THING I LEARNED TODAY
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
JAPANESE HOME COOKING
A delightful summer supper from this month’s cookbook giveaway
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
BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
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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