What has this become?

My blog has become this weird mix of comics, travel guides, and quirky food/place reviews – all with a dash of personal musings.

That’s not how it started, of course. I remember when I used to enjoy blogging about my relationship with my boyfriend (who later became my husband) and my life in Japan (which has more or less just become “life”).


The more I learn, the less I feel urged to say.

There is a reason that most blogs and YouTube channels start only a couple months after moving to a new country, graduating college, getting married, starting a new relationship, or the birth of a child.


Now I wonder, is this another stage of cultural acclimation?

Maybe the magic will come back but until then, I’m going to keep plodding along with travel guides.

Because regardless of what this blog has become, it started out because I wanted to help. My favorite part of the week is still when I get emails from other travelers who had a fantastic and memorable trip, thanks to one of my guides, listicles, or reviews.

In the mean time, I’d like to give a shoutout to two fellow bloggers (well, really three), if you’re looking for more to read about life and traveling in Japan.

Notes of Nomads

Run by Jessica and Hai, this is my dream blog – in both style and content. This international couple travels the world and blogs about it; their travel guides are fantastically researched, formatted, photographed by Hai, and filled with content. And don’t even get me started on their website (I say, on week 8 of my comments section being broken and several failed attempts with WordPress support to get it fixed) – Jess and Hai have created a site that is easy to navigate and get lost in. I can also safely say they’re also one of the nicest, authentic, and wonderful people Ryosuke and I have had the pleasure of meeting in Tokyo.

Jessica and Hai notes of nomads friends

Zooming Japan

Jasmine has been running this blog for longer than I’ve been around – and she still has one of the best resources of all things Japan that I know. During my prolific blogging phase (when I was publishing 3-5 times a week), I would come across her posts every third or fourth time while doing research. I am constantly in awe by the quality and knowledge assembled on Zooming Japan and if you want to know more about Japan, this is the place to go. She’s back in Germany now but she still updates her blog regularly, using photos and memories from her 7 years in Japan.

Other blogs I like:

These aren’t exactly ‘travel guides about Japan’ but they’re still fun reads.

Loco in Yokohama (by Baye McNeil – one of the people who inspired and encouraged me to start my own blog and later again to self-publish my first comic book. He writes about being black in Japan. He’s published two books, which you can check out here.)

Living Tall in Japan (by Jamie – a manga artist. She did some work on the manga Prince of Tennis and is a joy to read. She’s also publish a book about her journey to becoming a mangaka in Japan called Princess of Tennis which I totally recommend AND wrote/drew what was hands-down the cutest review of my first comic book).

This Japanese Life  (the only blog on this list where I haven’t actually talked to the author – and therefore don’t have that personal connection – but an all-around great blog about life in Japan. He writes much better than I do.)

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

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