April Japanagram preview!

Hi, it’s me, Jonelle

How are you doing? I hope that you and yours are finding new ways to enjoy life while we weather the current storm.

In the meantime, if you need a little break from the news, here’s what’s going to be in the next Japanagram! If you’re not a subscriber yet, there’s still time to get yours before it’s sent out April 1st, so you can be entered in the book giveaway and enjoy these only-in-Japanagram features:

APRIL BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Cover of Newcomer book by Keigo Higashino

Mystery lovers, you’re in for a treat! Edgar Award-nominated Newcomer stars local Nihonbashi detective Kyoichiro Kaga. He uses quirky personal charm and crafty tactics to solve the many small mysteries that crop up while eliminating suspects, on his way to figuring out who actually killed a middle-aged Tokyo woman who seemed to have no enemies.

BEYOND TOKYO: Let’s go see thousands of fluttering fish flags!

Koi nobori flying over river in Tatebayashi

This river in Tatebayashi comes alive with koi nobori in the month before Childrens’ Day, and this month I’m going to show you how to take this easy day trip from Tokyo to see them in all their festive glory.


Creamy Sesame-Ginger noodles

These satisfying noodles are just what the doctor ordered for a fresh (and secretly healthy) spring lunch. Their nutty sesame-ginger goodness is delectably creamy, without the cream.

SEASONAL SECRET: The OTHER season that blooms in the spring

Highlighted mask-wearing people walking in Showa Kinen Park with tulips and cherry trees

Japan is home to the most wicked of allergy seasons, but (no surprise!) they’ve devised hilariously effective products to deal with it. Feast your eyes on the Nose Mask of Not Seeing and other inventions guaranteed to keep your sneezing at bay.

WHY, JAPAN, WHY? Why you should be careful what you wish for in Japan…

Jonelle Patrick reaction to kanji test change

It’s not just the diabolically tricky language that reveals all kinds of odd differences between the Japanese and the rest of the world. Join me for a peek at how it can all go horribly, horribly wrong.

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Jonelle Patrick writes mystery novels set in Tokyo, the monthly Japanagram newsletter, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

3 Replies to “April Japanagram preview!”

  1. I have already read two Inspector Kaga novels by Higashino (they were translated into German). That was one of the perks of booking a Japan tour via Studiosus – which is a highly renonwned travel company for educational trips. I hope they survive these times. Travel companies right now have NO business and still costs!

    1. I know, and I’m so worried for them! I know people in Japan who are in the same boat. ( ; _ ; ) Germany is looking like a shining example these days (to be honest, everyone in the world is doing it better than my country +_+), and I wish we could all follow your example. In the meantime, there are lots of Inspector Kaga novels, and they’re all good! I bet the German translations are better than the English ones, actually. I’ve devoured every Japanese TV drama that’s been made from Higashino’s books (there’s another character – Galileo – who’s less appealing than Kaga, but I’m still powerless to resist him) and from watching them in Japanese, I know the basic writing is really good. I hope that when this is all over, you’ll get to come to Tokyo and walk the charmingly old-fashioned streets of Ningyocho, where “Newcomer” takes place. (The shops that feature in the book all have proud signs in the windows, because they’re all real places!)

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