Treasure rice, cherry blossoms at a northern castle, and Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed

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Here are the features that came out in the March-April 2021 Japanagram

Author Jonelle Patrick

Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in March and April…

Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed

Monk throwing water on flames at Mt. Takao Hiwatari Matsuri

Everybody knows about Japan’s famous tea ceremony, and of course they also mark weddings, funerals and graduations with appropriate pomp, but the Japanese have ceremonies for all kinds of great things besides the biggies…read more

Cherry blossoms to die for, long after the rest are history

Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki delivers cherry blossoms season like you always imagined it would be, a month after The Season is done and dusted in other parts of Japan. I think this town in Japan’s northiest north is the most picturesque place in the whole country for grand pinkness…read more

The Thing I Learned Today: Be careful what you hang on your wall…

Detail of woodblock print by Utamaro "The Five Types of Men in Yoshiwara"

…because it might be something you don’t want to explain to your dinner guests!…read more

Japanese Home Cooking: Japanese Treasure Rice

Takikomi Gohan Japanese Treasure Rice

This dish elevates plain old white rice to star level, with “treasures” of vegetables and a deep down savory flavor that will have everyone asking for seconds. Add marinated chicken pieces to the pot, and you’ve got the easiest one-dish meal ever…read more

Book Review: The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

Cover of The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

Someone poisons the drinks at a large family gathering and kills seventeen people. The case is closed after one of the suspects commits suicide, leaving a note claiming responsibility, but not everyone is convinced he acted alone. When a girl from the neighborhood decides to write a book about it, she stirs up memories and…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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