How to read a haiku, goldfish galore & a garden of thatch-roofed farmhouses

Here are the features that came out in the July-August 2021 Japanagram

Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in July/August…

Seasonal Secret: The most delightful summer festival in all of Japan is all about…goldfish!

There’s nothing more traditional than ogling insanely fancy (and expensive!) goldfish and, of course, catching your own…read more

Beond Tokyo: Let’s meander through a park with twenty-three thatch-roofed farmhouses

The Nihon Minka-en Folk House Garden is a jewel of a walk, featuring houses that are thatched in the time-honored way and built without nails. These beauties were brought from all over Japan, and they’re not just fun to look at—you can go inside…read more

Japanese home cooking: Green Salad with Japanese Pickled Onions and Wafu Onion Dressing

There’s nothing more summery than a green salad made with crunchy pickled onions and flavored by a tangy Japanese onion dressing. Add chicken or grilled shrimp for a perfect summer meal…read more

The Thing I Learned Today: How to read a haiku poem

Here are three things that will triple your reading pleasure…read more

Book Review: The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

This collection of jottings on Hateful Things, Things Which Makes One’s Heart Beat Faster, Splendid Things, Things That Gain By Being Painted, Things Which Should Be Large, Oxen Should Have Very Small Foreheads, and much, much more is as amusing now as when it was…read more

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

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

“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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