And you should too!
This is my review for the Texan in Tokyo blog... and books. Too bad Grace gave up blogging. The site no longer exists :(
"read" is past tense ;)
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WHY DO YOU REVIEW IT?
1. I really like reading it! And the comics are so lightweight, they relax me!
2. It has comics too! [see above, and below!]
3. I learn about different cultures! And I mean, I learn a lot of things, especially differences. I can compare to m reality and try and see if I could live in a country on a planet of its own, Japan. I can try and realize if I could have a Japanese or Asian partner.
4. There are 2 published books - and the 3rd is about to come out! - featuring some of the published comics and blog entries.
5. I forgot my other reasons :P
WHAT LANGUAGE IS IT IN?
The author is from Texas, therefore the blog and comics are written in English. As you can see in the featured images.
WHO'S WRITING THE BLOG AND DRAWING THE COMICS?
The author's name is Grace Buchele Mineta. She is married to a Japanese guy whose name is Ryosuke. I'm not sure how to read Buchele - is it with an H-sound, or with an SH-sound [like in French]? I don't know, but this is Grace' maiden name. So, there! now you're a few steps closer to becoming another stalker of Grace.
But if you really want to know more about her, go check out the blog, comics, and her videos! Grace uploads videos as well, on her YouTube channel!
WHAT IS THE BLOG ABOUT?
Grace blogs about her life in Japan. This comic here shows a major difference between dating in Japan and dating in USA, for example, but you have to read the explanation as well to understand the situation better.
Most of the comics talk about cultural differences: what Japanese people think is normal, no matter the situation, we, people in the West, may perceive weird or down right rude.
Her blog entries talk about various hardships she's facing and how she deals with them, how she learned is better to deal with, and self encouragement.
Grace also talks about her experience as a Caucasian woman married to an Asian man... This subject seems to be a hot topic for everyone having the slightest interest in Asian culture. Of course, each AMWF relationship [this is how you currently call this type of marriage - Asian male, white female] is different, and it depends on many factors.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THIS BLOG/COMICS?
1. There's no color: I can use my imagination to fill in the colors. YAY!
2. I can relate to some situations. I can also understand others better when there is an image.
3. The writing style is so informal, like talking to old friends. Grace is one of those authors who writes the way she talks, and I really like this. Her stories become more personal, more funny, more alive.
4. Each comic comes with a short explanation: just click the link under the comic above, and see for yourself!
5. I never know what topic comes next! The chapters are rarely connected, and this is exciting!
IS THERE SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT THEM?
I honestly feel that sometimes, some of the entries may need more explaining. But I learned [quite the hard way] that usually more explaining is worse than little or no explanation. Most likely, Grace also learned this, and quite frankly, this is not something I would really complain about
YOU MENTIONED SOME BOOKS. WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THEM?
Grace said she has been blogging about her life in Japan for 3 years. She said she also has a lot of unpublished material, so she decided to make some books out that. She self-published, and her books can be found on Amazon, and even Etsy for those who want a signed copy! How cool is that?
WOULD YOU BUY HER BOOKS?
YES! I'd buy them and then start coloring them :P LOL - Don't judge me, I read yesterday that adults benefit from coloring as well, not just kids do. It's scientific [but you'll have to search for that article by yourself].
Truthfully, I didn't buy any of the books yet.
Well, this is my review for the blog Texan in Tokyo, or How I became Texan. I hope you liked it, and I hope you'll go check it out!
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