A convent with a secret, sesame-miso hotpot, and why it’s harder to get a Japanese boyfriend than a Japanese girlfriend

Here are the features in the special edition of Japanagram that came out when The Last Tea Bowl Thief was published on October 20th

Author Jonelle Patrick with The Last Tea Bowl Thief

In October there was a special edition of Japanagram because I found so many things I wanted to share with you while I was getting ready to launch The Last Tea Bowl Thief. The book is finally out now, YAY! The special edition has links to the first review, and I hope you’re intrigued enough to have a look and maybe even try a sample. Meanwhile, here are the extra goodies that Japanagram subscribers got in October!

Why is it so much harder to get a Japanese boyfriend than a Japanese girlfriend?

Illustration of Western man with many Japanese women

The American character in The Last Tea Bowl Thief has had a longer relationship with her goldfish than with any man since she arrived, and I think the reason might surprise you…read more

The convent with a thousand-year-old secret

Jizo figure at Jakko-in convent

Come with me to Jakko-in, the venerable convent that appears in The Last Tea Bowl Thief, and pull up your chair to hear the most amazing true story I’ve ever come across in my travels through Japan…read more

Japanese Home cooking: Savory Sesame-Miso Hotpot

Sesame miso hotpot miso goma nabe

The Japanese tradition of cooking fresh ingredients at the table in a clay pot is extra-magical. I make this hotpot whenever I invite people who don’t know each other very well to dinner, because cooking together somehow always leads to great conversations and lasting friendships…read more

Book Review: The Last Tea Bowl Thief

Cover of The Last Tea Bowl Thief by Jonelle Patrick with bowl of matcha

This is the story of a tea bowl that passes from one fortune-seeker to the next for three hundred years. It’s also the story of two women—one American, one Japanese—whose futures depend on finding it. But neither can get her hands on it without the other’s help…read more

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

““I don’t know when I’ve been more caught up in a story. A masterful achievement.” —Terry Shames, award-winning author of An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock

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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