A secret castle garden, a killer Japanese cocktail recipe, & why the more friends you have, the lonelier you might be

Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers were reading in October…

Author Jonelle Patrick in flowered mask

Hi, it’s me, Jonelle. Whether you’re venturing out or sticking close to home, I hope this month’s features deliver a little break from whatever’s on your to-do list, or (in the case of the original Last Tea Bowl Thief cocktail), at least make checking it off a bit more fun!

Tiny pants, the garbage police, and the more friends you have, the lonelier you might be

Trash left out by curb in Tokyo

There are some things that nobody who moves to Japan wants to learn. But sometimes it’s these unwelcome lessons that unlock all kinds of other mysteries…read more

Holy log-riding, a secret castle garden, and a fire-breathing stone dragon

Autumn leaves in garden at Takashima Castle in Suwa City

This month we’re heading to Suwa City, a place that has probably never been on your Japan trip list, but it should be! It’s home to a festival where people ride killer logs down a mountainside, a castle that hides a gorgeous garden inside its walls, and the best sake you’ll ever taste…read more

Japanese Home cooking: The Ninth Attachment Cocktail/Mocktail

Apple ginger sours cocktails mocktails

These apple-ginger sours—with a name that will make you laugh when you read The Last Tea Bowl Thief—have a secret ingredient which turns it into one of the tastiest Japanese-flavored bevvies you’ll ever sip, with or without the alcohol…read more

Book Review: The Tale of Murasaki

Cover of The Tale of Murasaki by Liza Dalby

Written by Liza Dalby, who lived and researched for a year in a Kyoto geisha house before writing her acclaimed books Geisha and KimonoThe Tale of Murasaki vividly imagines 11th-century court life through the eyes of of Murasaki Shikubu, the Imperial lady-in-waiting who wrote the epic novel, The Tale of Genjiclick here

The Last Tea Bowl Thief
was named an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense by Amazon

“Without question, the best book I have read all year.” —Susan Spann, author of the Hiro Hattori mysteries

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

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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

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