A killer Japanese garden lit up at night, delicious chicken & ginger yakitori meatballs, and how to get lucky, J-style

Here are the features that came out in the November 2020 Japanagram

Author Jonelle Patrick with sake cup

Thanks for being by my side as The Last Tea Bowl Thief went out into the wide world to seek its fortune. Your friendship and support mean more to me than you can know. Please help me celebrate at last by pulling up a comfy chair, picking your favorite sake cup, and letting me pour you a toast to the delights that November had to offer…

Is it your lucky day? In Japan, here’s how they tip the hand of fate!

Fortune-dispensing vending machine with animated shrine maiden

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 If someone told you they wanted to move a meeting you’d scheduled because the astrology forecast for that day is too unlucky, you’d probably be moving them right off the payroll, wouldn’t you? Unless you’re in Japan, where that’s a perfectly good reason to change a meeting, wait to buy a car, or…read more

Gold-leafed ice cream, exploring a restored samurai town, and the world’s most killer Japanese garden lit up at night

Kenroku-en garden in Kamazawa, lit up at night

The town of Kanazawa surprises and delights with everything from a beautifully restored samurai neighborhood we can explore—both inside and out—to one of the three most famous gardens in Japan lit up at night…read more

The weird, weird world of bonsai chrysanthemums

Yes, bonsai chrysanthemums are A Thing. And it happens in Japan every year in November. That’s when growers with wicked tricks for shaping this unlikely shrub with the meh flowers into things of wonder compete for most over-the-top shapes and unbelievable profusion…read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Chicken & Ginger Yakitori Meatballs

Chicken and ginger yakitori meatballs

There’s nothing more crowd-pleasing than these delicious ginger-scented skewered meatballs, slathered in tangy yakitori sauce…read more

Book Review: Idoru

Cover of William Gibson's Idoru

Nowhere does sci-fi intersect with Japan more spectacularly than in William Gibson’s IdoruIf you love Japan, but you’ve never read this book, I envy you! I’d love to be reading it again for the first time…click here

Jonelle Patrick is the author of five novels set in Japan

The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon

“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist

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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