Category Archives: Misc Frantery

February 01

Japanese Home Cooking, Weird Chocolate, Thousands Of Tiny Igloos & More!

  A n d . . . we’re live!     Japanagram is my new monthly newsletter, featuring different stuff than you’ll see here on Only In Japan or on The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. Now that it’s out, you can click on each photo below and read the whole topic! After this […]

January 25

How Did I Survive Before There Were Standing Cat Toys?

  The question isn’t really “Do I really need more gachapon capsule toys?” but “How did I ever communicate without them?”   This series may be sold out by the time you’re next in Tokyo, but there will be plenty more to take its place! If you’d like to discover the latest, greatest, gachagacha, a guide to the […]

January 24

Japanagram Book Review & Giveaway!

• Hello, fellow lover of all things quirky and Japanese! Would you like a chance to win a copy of a new Japan-centric book every month? That’s one of the things I can’t do on my blogs, but I can do in a newsletter, so on January 31st, I’ll be sending out the very first… […]

December 25

A Very Dinosaur Christmas

I should have guessed something was up when I spied this suspicious gathering in my office on Christmas Eve… And sure enough…DinoCon was in full swing by Christmas Day Hope your own feast days have been merry and bright! Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a very only-in-Japan New Year・° ♪・☆ • So great […]

October 11

In Which We Report On Being Hammered By Typhoon Hagibis In Tokyo

FRIDAY Pre-typhoon festivities: At Meidi-ya (the swanky “Japanese” supermarket): Lines fifteen deep with bulging baskets as every Japanese person in my neighborhood panic-buys foods that still qualify as gourmet without cooking or refrigeration. Meanwhile, at National Azabu (the “foreign foods” supermarket): Business as usual (except with rather more wine bottles in the baskets ahead of […]

October 19

Modern Day Tweets From The Pillow Book

• @seishonagon A latecomer pushes in front of you at a festival and holds up his huge ipad to take pictures #hatefulthings @seishonagon Someone wearing a bright orange jacket is standing around texting on his phone, smack in the middle of a famous photo spot #hatefulthings @seishonagon You step off the train to let other […]

July 10

Famous Japanese Art Improved By Neko Atsume

Because procrastination is my middle name and I currently have a Boaty McBoatload of editing to do, it became clear to me that the best use of my time this morning would be to see how much Japanese art could be improved by the addition of Tubbs & Co… • Read a novel set in Tokyo…