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 Thanks for being by my side as The Last Tea Bowl Thief went out into the wide world to seek … Continue reading A killer Japanese garden lit up at night, delicious chicken & ginger yakitori meatballs, and how to get lucky, J-style

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 In October there was a special … Continue reading A convent with a secret, sesame-miso hotpot, and why it’s harder to get a Japanese boyfriend than a Japanese girlfriend

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… Hi, it’s me, Jonelle. Whether you’re venturing out or sticking close to home, I hope this month’s features deliver … Continue reading A secret castle garden, a killer Japanese cocktail recipe, & why the more friends you have, the lonelier you might be

A town full of tricksters, strange Japanese beauty goals, and humble fall flowers that become spectacular in numbers

Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers got in September… As we slide into fall, how are you doing? I hope you’re not in the path of any of the … Continue reading A town full of tricksters, strange Japanese beauty goals, and humble fall flowers that become spectacular in numbers

Surrounded by a waterfall, what to serve for Japanese dessert, and two fantastic Japan-centric reads

Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers were reading in August… Are you still hanging in there, as we continue our wild ride through the Wonka tunnel and (hopefully soon!) … Continue reading Surrounded by a waterfall, what to serve for Japanese dessert, and two fantastic Japan-centric reads

Summery miso grilling sauce, a garden grown from 3,000-year-old lotus seeds, and what souvenirs NOT to buy in July and August

Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers have been reading this month! Hello, my friend. It’s me again, Jonelle. I hope it’s cheerier where you are, but it seems like … Continue reading Summery miso grilling sauce, a garden grown from 3,000-year-old lotus seeds, and what souvenirs NOT to buy in July and August

Keeping cool in hilarious Japanese ways, an island that takes us back in time, and the best soy-lemon salad dressing EVER

Hi friend. It’s me, Jonelle So, I’ve been wondering—are you experiencing micro-nostalgia too? At least once a day I find myself longing for the good old days…you know, like, four … Continue reading Keeping cool in hilarious Japanese ways, an island that takes us back in time, and the best soy-lemon salad dressing EVER

What NOT to do in Tokyo: The top ten overrated experiences (and what to do instead)

I like to keep things positive around here, but I just scanned the umpteenth itinerary forwarded to me by a coming-to-Japan friend, and I can’t believe that trip planners keep … Continue reading What NOT to do in Tokyo: The top ten overrated experiences (and what to do instead)

January festival: Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo!

The Setagaya Boroichi is the grand old lady of Tokyo flea markets. It’s so ancient and so revered, in fact, it holds Intangible Cultural Treasure status! On December 15-16 and … Continue reading January festival: Setagaya Boroichi, the most legendary flea market in Tokyo!

Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium

I used to drag everyone who came to visit me to Ito-ya, the legendary 9-floor stationery shop in Ginza. But when they renovated and got rid of 90% of their … Continue reading Tokyo’s best-kept shopping secrets: The Shimojima gift, paper & packaging emporium

How to bring Japan home with you: take a Japanese cooking class in Tokyo!

One of the best things anyone can bring back from Tokyo is a love of Japanese food. I don’t know about you, but the thing that surprised me most about … Continue reading How to bring Japan home with you: take a Japanese cooking class in Tokyo!

Hacking Leaf Season: How to beat the crowds, duck the peak prices, and still see beautiful fall leaves in Japan

Thinking about taking an autumn trip to Japan? Dreaming of strolling through divine gardens bursting with red maples, and serene temples robed in fall leaves? I’m with you: it’s totally my … Continue reading Hacking Leaf Season: How to beat the crowds, duck the peak prices, and still see beautiful fall leaves in Japan

Curated Walking Tour: Yanaka, where traditional Tokyo is alive and kicking!

Yanaka is one of the quirkiest, undiscovered, Old Tokyo neighborhoods in town. Here, new generations of artisans from families that have plied their trades for centuries are finding fun and … Continue reading Curated Walking Tour: Yanaka, where traditional Tokyo is alive and kicking!

Problem solved: How to do all the fun Tokyo stuff that’s nearly impossible if you’re not fluent in Japanese

I know. The whole reason you’re on The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had is to figure out how to have fun in Tokyo without someone showing you around. And don’t … Continue reading Problem solved: How to do all the fun Tokyo stuff that’s nearly impossible if you’re not fluent in Japanese