Twenty months ago, my life changed.

Twenty months ago, we lived in Tokyo. Ryouske was working a job he didn’t really like and I had a part-time job that made me feel dead inside (all the while looking for a full-time job somewhere else). In my spare time, I drew comics, blogged, and started making videos for the YouTube channel I started the month before (back then I had less than 100 subscribers, now I have 110,000+ subscribers).

I had the idea to use Kickstarter to fund a self-published comic book.

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The first time I used Kickstarter, my “project” was my passion project, a comic book “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy.”

Long story short, it worked. My project was funded over 200% and I spent the next couple of months finishing the book and sending four hundred books (and PDFs) around the world.

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Fast forward twenty months and Ryouske and I do this whole “writing about our life on the internet” thing mostly full-time. We have a YouTube channel, I run this blog, Ryosuke has his own blog, I publish webcomics on two other sites (Tapastic and LINE Webtoons Challenge League), and we freelance writing/translation/interpretation.

And now I wrote another comic book, “My Life in Japan.

I can’t put into words how proud I am of this new comic book.

It’s ~150 pages, full color comic book (and Ryosuke made a Japanese PDF version).

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I am using Kickstarter for this book. Thus far, I’ve published one book with Kickstarter and two without it – and the experience has been vastly different. I feel like with Kickstarter, I’m able to engage with y’all directly (no middleman) and can actually figure out what y’all want (before I officially launch the book).


I wrote a book.

And for the next 14 days, it is running on Kickstarter.

Grace and Ryosuke my life in Japan kickstarter comics

If you want to see the book, click here.

If you like what you see, I’d love it if you could back the project. Or share on social media.


And if you want to wait until the Kickstarter is over to get the book, that’s okay too. I’m going to print a couple hundred extra books, so once I’ve signed and sent out all the rewards for Kickstarter backers, I will sell leftover books on my Etsy shop (until they run out).

Once I sell out of books, that’s it. The printer I’m using this time around has a minimum order of 1000 so I won’t be able to print anymore. It’s not feasible to have ~200 books sitting in boxes in our living room for more than a couple weeks.


That’s my news!

My life in Japan promo kickstarter

If you have any questions, please leave it in the comment section below and I will get back to you.

And if you want to follow updates (and see how my project is going), follow Texan in Tokyo on twitter and Facebook, where I will be posting updates periodically through the Kickstarter funding!

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

34 Comments on EXCITING NEWS!!!

  1. This is so awesome, Grace. You inspire me and so many others. Definitely going to back this if it’s not already 100% which I think you wrote it was. Definitely getting copies! Go you guys, Go!

  2. Shelby Moore // 24 February, 2016 at 4:32 am //

    I’m so proud of you Grace!!! I love watching you and Ryosuke, and I have bought all of your books. I will definitely be buying from your etsy shop. I hate that I can’t back you, but at the moment I don’t have the cash! I hope that you have the best life everyday, because you help make mine a little better every time I watch the two of you. Thank you so much.

  3. From strength to strength, that’s you guys. May the Almighty guide you and keep you and your loved ones safe always. :)
    Eeep can’t wait to make my pledge! Soon as I figure out how to use my card…

  4. Kimberly Cross // 22 February, 2016 at 5:37 am //

    Hey Grace! I’m so excited your going to have another book out, I love all your comics so much. I found your page a couple months ago and started watching your YouTube videos! You and Ryosuke are the cutest couple I’ve ever met! I’m definitely going to put in $25 for a signed copy of your new book once I get paid on Thursday. Anyways I just wanted to let you know how much I look forward to reading your new comics and watching your videos.

    This summer I am doing a study abroad to Japan. Just puttin’ it out there, I would really love to meet up with you maybe one day this summer, if your up for it. I also love to draw and I really look up to you. One day I hope to publish books about my travels and illustrate them they way you have done for your own books. Anyways, your really awesome and it would be cool if we could hang out one day maybe._Kimberly =)

  5. So will pledging $25 dollars on kickstarter mean you definitely get a signed copy or will it depend how many you sell? So excited for this book!

  6. Congrats! Thanks for sharing your Kickstarter inside knowledge. Fascinating, as always.

  7. Grace I just want you to know that you are becoming my role model (despite the fact that you are younger than me… hehe ^^;). I want to do comics eventually myself and watching what you have done gives me hope that I can do it! I don’t know if it will work out as well for me as it has for you, but I love being able to look at your blog and see the struggles that you’ve gone through. It helps me to believe that I can overcome what’s holding me back, so thank you!

    Oh and congratulations on your kickstarter getting fully funded! I hope Ryosuke’s hands don’t cramp up from making all those hats… poor Ryosuke. X’D

  8. Congratulations on getting your project funded so fast! I just became a backer, and wish you the best on this one!

  9. Congrats, Grace!! The colored comics look great!

  10. Dhawal Jain // 19 February, 2016 at 4:14 pm //

    Hi Grace, keep up the awesome work…..I love your funny style of story making.

  11. Woohoo! Congratulations Grace + Ryosuke! Funded so I can get a signed copy ;) And I love that it’s full color now! Can’t wait!

    Pam x

  12. I am so excited to hear about your new book! Hopefully I will be able to pledge, and if not I will be able to get the PDF after. Your previous comics, and YouTube videos have brightened my day and I am glad to have the opportunity to support you!

  13. I’m so excited about your new book! :D I pledged so I can make sure to get a copy. Though I do have to ask, after all of this is over, will you be selling it through Amazon at all, like your other books? Or is that no longer an option for you guys?

    • Thank you :D
      In this case, I won’t be able to sell on Amazon, because with my other books I was self-publishing with an offset of Amazon called Createspace which would automatically list the book for me on international Amazon. However Createspace doesn’t really have an option for colored books, so I will be going with a different (and cheaper) printer – that has a minimum order of 1000 books. So I will order extra books and sell them on my Texan in Tokyo Etsy shop, but won’t be able to list anything on Amazon…

  14. Awesome grace

  15. This is fantastic, Grace! So happy for you and Ryosuke. Keep kicking goals!

  16. Will there be an e-version of the book available?

  17. I’ve made my pledge!! :) Looking forward to seeing the whole book!

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