About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

7 Comments on Comic: Grace and Ryosuke Climb Mt. Fuji

  1. Hahaha! This is so cute! And its exactly what my experience taking my siblings to see the Parthenon a few years back was like. I spent the whole time snapping pictures and flipping out while they sat on a rock and complained about everything. Now though, they both are like “Whoa! It was so cool!” and what not!

    I recently found your blog and am loving it! Your writing is really fun to read and your posts are super educational! I’m currently attempting to sign up for a study abroad to Japan next fall so I’ve been looking for some blogs with advice and your blog is my favorite so far! The variety of information and advice is great and I laugh a lot (especially with the comics!)

    • Hahaha. It’s so true – right? In retrospect everything looks fun. Even now I’m looking back at the climbing photos and remembering the good times (without remembering the pain).

      Thanks for such nice comments :) You totally made my day! I hope you get a chance to study abroad in Japan. It will change your life! And you should try to make a blog, too~

      • I’m trying! I know for a fact I will be doing a short summer semester with my Japanese 1 Sensei to Fukuoka with a three day trip to Tokyo but I really want to do a full semester (Fall 2014) though where exactly is kind of up in the air (due to waitlists and money–blarg).

        I actually do have a blog–Made to chronicle this whole process (me getting to Japan) and eventually (hopefully!!!) me in Japan! Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://www.sayhellojapan.wordpress.com

        And, you are very welcome! Your blog is wonderful so yeah.

        • Alright :)
          I will follow your blog. I hope you get into your program (and get money). I did the Boren scholarship, which ended up paying for my apartment, food, and transportation costs. Without the Boren, I might not have been able to go to Japan – so I am ETERNALLY grateful to them.

          Money is always the hardest thing…

          But even if you don’t get into a program, you can always take a semester off (if you school allows it) and live in the outskirts of a major city (you can get hotel rooms in Osaka for $20 a night) for a couple weeks-a month, learning about Japan on your own. I had a couple friends who did that and learned a LOT more than people just living in the dorms on campus. It’s weird, right?

          • I’ve never heard of someone doing that but, thinking about it, it does sort of make sense. Instead of being in a school/dorm environment where English might be used, going about it that way kind of… throws you into the frying pan??

            Part of the issue with that option is that my parents would flip. Neither are particularly happy I picked Japan over options like… Italy or Australia but they deal with it because they know its something I want to do and it would be a semi controlled setting (with a study abroad).

            I’m applying to Boren as well! First I need to decide what program I’m doing (the one through my university is a lot cheaper than some of the other options out there, but the wait list is long)!

            Its kind of cool though that people were brave enough to just… face a new culture and language and country on their own like that.

          • I really does throw you into the frying pan. On that note, I learned more Japanese from my internship (once a week) than I did from my daily Japanese classes. It might have just been because the stuff I learned was actually, you know, useful.

            Good luck with Boren! I forget when the deadline is, but it is a FANTASTIC program. Hopefully you can find a college to go to :)

  2. It went up!! :)

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