So glad our paths have crossed! I started this website because so many people ask me what they shouldn’t miss when they come to Japan. They know I lived here … Continue reading Hi, I’m Jonelle Patrick
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
Hi friend. It’s me, Jonelle This month, instead of searching out killer Instagram shots or rare souvenirs, we’re thinking about the bigger picture, and how our lives fit into it. Let’s … Continue reading Samurai graffiti, mountaintop enlightenment, & Yakitori Chicken Mini-Burgers
🎏 Unexpectedly stumbling across a whole bunch of koi nobori fluttering in the wind is one of Japan’s great delights, but if you’d rather not be saying “Hey, wait, why … Continue reading April event: The best places to see schools of fluttering fish flags in Tokyo
🎐 If you’re thinking about rescheduling your Japan trip, how about July? It’s hot, but there are so many great things you can enjoy in the summertime that you can’t … Continue reading Why you should come to Japan in JULY
Hi, it’s me, Jonelle How are you doing? I hope that you and yours are finding new ways to enjoy life while we weather the current storm. In the meantime, … Continue reading April Japanagram preview!
👘 Let’s begin to think about rescheduling your trip for when it’s fun to travel again, because there are so many great things to experience in Japan beyond the cherry … Continue reading Why you should come to Japan in JUNE
🎏 I’m going to start posting stuff you can look forward to seeing when it’s fun to travel again, because there are so many great experiences to have in Japan … Continue reading Why you should come to Japan in MAY
⛩I know. A trip to the grocery store is about as much of a vacation as anyone is getting right now. But while we’re waiting for it to be safe … Continue reading When’s the best time to come to Japan?
It’s already that time again! The March Japanagram is out, and if you’re not a subscriber yet, here’s what you’re missing: I’m sorry that these aren’t clickable like last month … Continue reading Nine spectacular cherry blossom gardens, a firewalking field trip & a book giveaway!
This is my favorite garden in Tokyo. It’s big enough to spend an hour meandering through the glades and is especially known for its oh-so-Japanese bridges. And it’s lovely in … Continue reading Koshikawa Koraku-en Garden
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)
Some-No-Komichi is a celebration held every February in Nakai, the Tokyo neighborhood that’s famous for kimono dyeing. Examples of the makers’ finest wares are strung along miles of the canal … Continue reading February festival: Canals festooned with miles of gorgeous kimono fabric