J-swag giveaway, the insanity of a Japanese bus tour & nutty noodles

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Check your Nov-Dec 2022 Japanagram to see if you won the…

Sep-Oct 2022 Japan Swag Giveaway:
Attack Cats Limited Edition Capsule Toys

Attack Cats gashapon guarding a cupcake in the refrigerator

This month’s giveaway is a set of SIX limited edition Attack Cat capsule toys. I deploy mine whenever there’s a resource that needs guarding with style—as you can see, once you own a set, you won’t know how you managed without them….read more

Why, Japan, Why?: Haiku that capture the small embarrassments and ironies of modern life

Illustration and haiku poem written in Japanese by y_haiku

Elderly uncle buying sake.
Do I really have to
Check his ID?

read more


The Thing I Learned Today: What’s the most Japanese thing you can ever do? Go on a bus tour

Photos of Japanese bus tour eating dinner at traditional inn

Since Japan “opened” its borders again in June of 2022, the only tourists who have been allowed into Japan are those on government-approved guided tours. So perhaps you’ve been wondering…what’s it really like to go on a bus tour? Lucky for you, I took one for the team, so you don’t have to!…read more

Seasonal Secret: Let’s watch an epic pagoda parade light up the night!

Pagoda floats at Oeshiki Ikegami festival in Tokyo

What better way to spend a fine fall evening than watching scores of five-tier pagodas parade down the street, all lit up and festooned with garlands of paper flowers? For over seven hundred years, the festival of 10,000 lanterns known as oeshiki ikegami has been happening every October at the…read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Nutty Noodles

Photo of fork and plate of Japanese noodles with walnut sauce

These savory noodles are deeply satisfying, even though they are made from only five ingredients. Walnuts give them a deep autumnal flavor that feels just right for the season, and although they’re a very traditional Japanese dish, everybody loves them…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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