International food fails, iris gardens & sake brewing on Sado

Here are the features that came out in the May-Jun Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in May/June… • Click on photo or link to read Japanese home cooking: A delightful summer supper from this month’s cookbook giveaway Even if you don’t win a copy of The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen,Continue reading “International food fails, iris gardens & sake brewing on Sado”

Hike through bowers of flowers, Tevye-san, and a recipe even kale-haters will love

Here are the features that came out in the Mar-Apr Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in March/April… • Click on photo or link to read Japanese home cooking: Sweet Sesame Spinach As a veteran vegetable hater, I have a special spot in my grinchy heart for leafy greens,Continue reading “Hike through bowers of flowers, Tevye-san, and a recipe even kale-haters will love”

Pre-dinged suitcases, fabulous Japanese quilts & plum blossoms in the snow

Here are the features that came out in the January-February Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in January/February… • Click on photo or link to read Japanese home cooking: Spicy Japanese Eggplant One day in Tokyo, I was at a lunch made by the women in this crazy JapaneseContinue reading “Pre-dinged suitcases, fabulous Japanese quilts & plum blossoms in the snow”

Japanese holiday cookies, a tunnel of golden gingko trees & so many foxes

Here are the features that came out in the November-December 2021 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in November/December… • Click on photo or link to read Japanese home cooking: Kinako Shortbread Cookies with Salted Brown Sugar Buttercream Every holiday season I like to sneak one new cookie ontoContinue reading “Japanese holiday cookies, a tunnel of golden gingko trees & so many foxes”

Sake tasting how-to, the angry cat ghost parade & a voyage to Sado Island

Here are the features that came out in the September-October 2021 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in September/October… • Click on photo or link to read Japanese home cooking: How to host a great sake tasting Sake isn’t just for Japanese food anymore—restaurants all over the world areContinue reading “Sake tasting how-to, the angry cat ghost parade & a voyage to Sado Island”

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, catchingContinue reading “How to read a haiku, goldfish galore & a garden of thatch-roofed farmhouses”

Seven strange things about Japanese weddings, giant wisteria, and how to live forever

Here are the features that came out in the May-June 2021 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in May/June… • Seven things you didn’t know about Japanese weddings From fake priests to Barbie princess gowns, Japanese weddings are a whole different ballgame…read more • Come for the purple, stayContinue reading “Seven strange things about Japanese weddings, giant wisteria, and how to live forever”

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

Here are the features that came out in the March-April 2021 Japanagram 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 Everybody knows about Japan’s famous tea ceremony, and of course they also mark weddings, funerals and graduations with appropriate pomp,Continue reading “Treasure rice, cherry blossoms at a northern castle, and Japanese ceremonies we didn’t know we needed”

40,000 dolls in Imperial court robes, the strange barbers of Yoshiwara, and Japanese chicken soup for the soul

Here are the features that came out in the February 2021 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in February… • The fabulous flower season that happens when nothing in its right mind would be blooming February in Japan is not fun. Cold and gray, its only festival involves demons,Continue reading “40,000 dolls in Imperial court robes, the strange barbers of Yoshiwara, and Japanese chicken soup for the soul”

The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea markets, glowing icicles & Japan’s obsession with pets

Here are the features that came out in the January 2021 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in January… • The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea markets This treasure trove of a flea market only happens twice a year, but what a goldmine it is! Where else might youContinue reading “The grand pooh-bah of Japanese flea markets, glowing icicles & Japan’s obsession with pets”

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 December 2020 Japanagram Hello, friend! It’s me, Jonelle. I hope that the new year is bringing you all kinds of good changes and extra heapings of hope for you and yours! Here are the features that Japanagram subscribers enjoyed in December, and a preview of what they’re readingContinue reading “A killer Japanese garden lit up at night, delicious chicken & ginger yakitori meatballs, and how to get lucky, J-style”

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 its fortune. Your friendship and support mean more to me than you can know. Please help me celebrate at last by pulling up a comfyContinue reading “A killer Japanese garden lit up at night, delicious chicken & ginger yakitori meatballs, and how to get lucky, J-style”

When’s the best time to come to Japan?

⛩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 and fun to travel again, wouldn’t you like to think about when’s the best time to take that trip to Japan you were looking forwardContinue reading “When’s the best time to come to Japan?”

Woo hoo, more Japan travel goodness for you!

Japanagram is my new monthlyE-MAGAZINE, featuring new and different stuff than you’ll see here on The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had or my blog, Only In Japan. Here’s what’s in it, every month… • A Beyond Tokyo destination that most people don’t know about, and how to get there For example, this February’s is:Continue reading “Woo hoo, more Japan travel goodness for you!”