About the Author

Welcome to “Texan in Tokyo!”

I’m glad you stopped by.

My purpose of this blog is to, well, entertain. I post five times a week, switching between blog posts, comics, and videos. Hopefully you find something you like and stick around. Basically, this blog is a window into the life of my husband (Ryosuke) and my entertaining and wonderful life in Tokyo.






Gaijin Wife Gaijin Life (外人WIFE 外人LIFE)


I am an author, blogger, and comic artist. I like shopping, looking at funny pictures on the internet, my family, my husband’s family, backpacking, and writing my story on the internet for strangers to read. This blog is my pet project, started at the urge of my then-boyfriend (now husband) Ryosuke, when I was studying abroad in Tokyo.

So far, I’ve written three comic books about our life: My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy + My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I’m Crazy + Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo. Ryosuke is currently translating my comics in to Japanese; they can be found here:

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As the URL says “How I Became Texan” – I realized I didn’t really become “Texan” until after I left Texas. Hence the name of this blog, “Texan in Tokyo.

Now when I say I’m from Texas, people usually ask some stereotypical question like “have you been to a rodeo” (yes), “does you family own a gun” (yes), or “do you know any cousins that are married to each other” (no).

If you’re new to “Texan in Tokyo,” check out my “New Here?” Page (it’s kind of interesting)

I grew up mostly in Texas, but also spent my teenage years in Accra, Ghana and Sapporo (Hokkaido), Japan and went to college near Philadelphia.

On January 2, 2014 I wed the love of my life, Ryosuke, in a rustic, Texan wedding ceremony. 

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We currently live in Tokyo.


Ryosuke loves cooking, boxing, doing laundry, and going on hikes.

He spends his spare time reading my blog (sometimes), cooking large, elaborate meals (always), and urging me to put down the computer and go on a run with him (occasionally I do). In February of 2012, he got a job offer in Japan, so we decided to move to Japan after our upcoming marriage. He was a Japanese “salaryman” for a year but didn’t like it very much, so he quit his job and we moved to the countryside.

Ryosuke grew up in the outskirts of Tokyo; the first time he left Japan was to study abroad in America. We met my first day of my sophomore year – he lived right down the hall from me in the international dorm. The rest is history.

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Technical aspects of my Blog:

  • I use WordPress.org
  • I designed my own header
  • I write all my own posts (of course) and draw all my own comics free-hand on pen and paper.

Posting Schedule:

I post five days a week, alternating between personal essays, listicles, comics, and videos. I try to stick a comic in between every “regular” post and accept guest posts once a week (click here if you want to write a guest post).

My newest posts can be found here.


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91 Comments on About the Author

  1. Have read a few of your very informative posts. Your “20 things I wish I had known about ICU” resonates with me. I’ve spent 2 months at a private liberal arts college in the U.S. getting the same kind of treatment – admittedly, mine is a special case (actually on sabbatical from a university in Japan (not ICU, don’t worry) as a visiting scholar / non-degree student).

    Too bad you’ve given up blogging but priorities do dictate and I wholly agree with your decision.

  2. Louis Schreurs // 3 May, 2017 at 3:05 am // Reply

    Yeah, sad it endeed.

  3. Hi Grace,
    I bought your books and love them. The books are the reason, why I am here now.
    Thank you for all your reports, I love it to read of you daily live.

    Best wishes from the deep south of Germany

  4. Love your vlog – bought your books as a show of support (and hopefully I will get around to reading them). I really appreciate your fresh, unjaded approach to Japan and the cultural differences.

  5. Great intro. Mind sharing a bit more of your love story? I am sure viewers will like it! Thanks for the post.

  6. Dear Grace,

    I live your comics and all of your posts in general (video, blog, etc).
    I’ve sent you an email regarding your amazing skills and would love to have the opportunity to talk to about a business service. I’m just afraid the email went to spam. :D

    Wishing you all the best,

    Patrícia P.

  7. Very cute and inspiring blog:)

  8. Hi Grace,
    Just wanted to say how much I REALLY enjoy reading your blog. I stumbled upon it while starting to research Japan for my (and my fiancee’s) honeymoon in 2016 – we’re getting married next June but saving the honeymoon for sakura season the following spring – and just can’t stop reading! Being an expat myself I can totally relate to your stories (though it’s probably been a much easier transition for me since I’m an American in London), and as a lover of Japanese food and culture I adore the unique point of view and insight into Japan that you’ve brought your readers. Your relationship with Ryosuke is adorable, too :)
    Thanks for your super sugoi blog, and if you’re up for hanging out with a fellow expat next spring for some hanami fun times, I’d love to share some peach-flavoured, dairy free snacks with you! (✿◠‿◠)


  9. I’m really impressed with your love story. At least both had been acculturated to each other. :)

  10. Hi :) I think your Blog is lovely and so, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please refer to my post for the rules. Leave a comment or fill in the contact form (Available in the menu bar) if you have any questions. Happy blogging and Congrats! :)


  11. Hello Grace!

    I just want to say I enjoy reading your blog! Keep on writing! And drawing (you’re very artistic)!

    BTW, you and Ryosuke make such an adorable couple!

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    If so, we’re looking for you! A major television production company is currently searching for people who are in long distance relationships with another individual that lives abroad in order to participate in a documentary television series for a major cable network.

    We are specifically seeking cultured, English-speaking individuals from all over the world. This show would follow peoples’ lives as they make the leap and move abroad for love.

    If you are – or you know – someone with plenty of personality who is currently thinking about uprooting for love, or about to do so, or has thought about doing so in the past, then we want to talk to you!

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  13. I just had to comment. Like dayuuummm! Super hot pic! My bad, Ryosuke. Heyyy, you got a hottie bro.

  14. I actually saw your posts in TokyoCheapo at first (might I add, which saved my life/wallet content when I made my first business trip to Tokyo couple months back) and discovered your blog here.

    I love traveling myself, I’m Malaysian, I’ve been to UK and some western Europe, China, had a couple of few weeks’ working trip to California and Colorado, and most recently Gotanda (which I will probably visit a few more times for work in 2015). I’ll probably It’s cool to discover super awesome people like you online.

    Your blog (and your life, and your hubby) is super awesome! Don’t ever ever stop blogging please! :D

    • Thank you so much! That’s sweet.

      I love TokyoCheapo – that was my first real blogging gig – and I LOVE how they have that mission for travelling cheaply in Tokyo. It’s a great site.

  15. Hi!
    I’m Siri, from India! I stumbled upon your blog while searching for blogs about Japan and after reading it for an hour or so, felt a crazy urge to tell you how much I love it. I’ve been a Japanophile since forever and have finally realized my dream of studying in Japan (I’ll be doing my bachelors at Nagoya University; that’s a whole 4 years!). I’m sure your blog is going to help me tremendously, as I have a terrible fashion sense and a huge crush on one of my Japanese friends. You and your husband look so happy together! Hope you have many more happy experiences in Japan!

    Thank you!

    • Hi Siri,

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you love my blog. AND I hope you have a WONDERFUL time at Nagoya University. Are you in Japan right now (I was stalking your blog)?

      And good luck making a move on your Japanese friend. Dating a Japanese guy is the easiest way to really get “into” Japan and see it as a whole (from the inside).

      • Hi, Grace!

        I’m sure I’ll have the time of my life. I’m not in Japan yet; I’ll be going in the first week of September. Oh wow, so honored that you took a look at my blog. I’d love it if you checked it out in the future too!

        Thanks, it’s hard to know what he’s thinking sometimes. He’s also a few years older than me. We chat online, but I’m going to see him when I get to Japan. He lives 40 minutes away by train!

        Thanks again!

        • Hi Siri,

          Wow – that’s close! (Especially for Tokyo) I’m so happy for you. I’m sure you will have a WONDERFUL time in Japan (but, you know, watch out, because Japan is always different than how people expect it. Don’t be disappointed if things are different – different is sometimes good!)

          I’m actually starting to write a series of “dating Japanese men” posts, because a lot of people have asked what their boyfriend/friend might be thinking. I remember being so confused when Ryosuke and I first started dating. It’s so interesting.

          Good luck blogging!

          • Hi Grace,

            Yeah, even though I know Japan fairly well, I’m sure there will be things which surprise me. Looking forward to all the shocks I’m going to get, haha!

            Wow, such a series would be extremely helpful. Count me in as a regular reader.


          • Hah. Thanks. I will try~

            You seem to have a good attitude about it – I’m not worried. Japan is a really fun place :)

  16. My Asian Two Cents // 14 April, 2014 at 2:06 am // Reply

    Great post.

    I am a Chinese living in Hong Kong, born and raised through traditional Chinese culture and studied in local schools there. I came to the United States when I was 16. I had lived in Texas, Michigan, New Mexico and California for six years as a foreign student and also have lived in Europe and Japan for work after college. Here is what I can share. I had one English girlfriend, one Swedish girlfriend, one French girlfriend. They were all great and none were racists or have anything against me as Asian male. They are all very respectful and never “JOKE” about things including other peoples’ culture. But sorry I have luck so far American white girl. Here is what I can share why.

    Since you are from Texas, let’s look at the case of America here today. Many people grew up in small towns (not San Francisco or New York) where there are not that many Asians around or most Asians tend to stick together which is also partly true, making White folks difficult to approach them. Imagine you also grew up in those towns. You go to the same school, church, watch the same TV programs, hang out with the same bunch of people after school and at the shopping mall. You most likely feel way too comfortable to experience something different unless something “shocking” happen to you that would change your view and prompt you to take that big leap of faith. Until the Korean brought in the K-Pop culture recently, how many foreign kids were every crazy with Asian culture? They would rather spend time with their Rihanna or Lady Gaga.

    Even during college days, it is even harder to consider the ambition to travel thousand miles away from home to taste any foreign culture, leading to an interracial relationship. Honestly, your story is almost like a fairy tale. Many American kids I have come across are too busy trying to finish college and to find your jobs so you can pay off your student loan or credit card bills. For most Caucasian Americans (account for 72% of American population) who have never left America, I bet the first place they want to go for holidays if they could afford to are either Paris or London, most likely not Japan or China. You have to consider yourself very lucky being able to end up in Japan.

    It’s just human that many of us don’t want to suffer from those painful criticism from our close friends or parents judging us head to toes on “Why are you dating that Asian guy? He barely speaks proper English without accent. Or he’s not cute enough like Brad Pitt and I can’t hang out with you because you are making me look bad in front of “my” friends.” You started developing those mental struggles since you were kids and honestly how many kids are mentally independent and strong enough to fight those common norm or else risking their life being labeled as “Weirdo” and end up having no friends to hang out with. Unless your parents were foreign diplomats, chances are they would rather you stick to your own kind to make life easier for you and more frankly, for THEM when you were kids.

    And to make things even worst, the American media (movies, TV) that most Americans grow up with are 99.9% propaganda oriented and always try to downplay the roles of Asian in American society for the sake of their own national interest. Even these days, how many Asian males actually make their true success in American Television that are loved, adored and respected by general American public. Let’s skip those Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat stuff as those are foreign actors. The only types that end up making to the big screens are always the one being made fun of (like the Korean American guy in the movie “Hang Over”, speaking with the geeky voice goofing around) or the one that tends to cause violence (like those China gangsters from China town in Lethal Weapon). Honestly, in real life, many of us don’t live our lives like this. Clearly, I can see why American White females have preconceived notion about us in many cases before any actual encounter. Unfortunately, many Asian Americans in America are trying to be Americans (more like White Americans or African Americans) instead of being Asians (from Asia). If I were an American White Females, of course I would rather choose the “original” as a partner unless this Asian American is so “stand-out”. The case is obviously different if you are in Asia which is your case.

    I think the reason why you find your love is because you manage to get out of America and your mind is free from the noise around your head (through years of unnecessary social brainwashing by media, friends and family) while you can now enjoy learning about the new world and new culture.

    At the end of the day, if we are pretty much accepting gays and lesbians as an alternative lifestyle these days, why is it so hard to accept interracial relationship and marriage? To be more specific, why is it so hard to accept Asian guys dating/marrying White girls? Under the sky, we are all one big family. In my mind, if God has never said s/he had issues with gays and lesbians (only human self-created religious doctrines seem to have issues), do you think God concern about Asian guys and White girls being together?

    Stop listening to others and follow your hearts!

  17. Great blog! I’m getting really close to marrying my Mexican fiancée (whom I met in Europe), and couldn’t be happier to be closing the distance this summer!

    • Congrats on your upcoming marriage and best of luck in the future! I’m glad you found my blog helpful and fun :)

    • Hello drs14. Old post, but I will comment anyway in case this blog is still active.

      You state, “,,why is it so hard to accept interracial relationship Asian guys dating/marrying White girls?”. My response: “It isn’t.”

      Your commentary struck me as either quite out of date, or that you have had a sadly different experience than many of us. I am as Caucasian (term much preferable to “white”, as our complexions are simply not that different.) as they come, of totally European ancestry. My best buddy from 6th grade through post graduate school was 100% Japanese ancestry. My family is replete with international marriages, including mine,

      Throughout my professional career (45+ years), I have worked with hundreds of people of all regions of Asian and other global backgrounds. Very often, I am in the minority in my working environment. My children grew up with classmates of the greatest cultural and global origin diversity possible, the majority being likely Asian, maybe Caucasian. We live in California, an admittedly socially far advanced State compared with many less integrated regions. What I have learned from 40+ years of observing attitudes such as you describe, and correlating it with what we now know about human genetic diversity, is that there ain’t much diversity beyond the minuscule differences that account for hair and skin color and minor facial features. Cultural heritage accounts for essentially all of this “suspicion of the other” you describe, that is an intrinsic part of being human (also true of most other species). BTW, Asians, in fact all human race sub-groups, can be and often are, bigoted also. Just depends on who is in the majority and whose “home turf” it is. There is truly only one race, the human race. In fact, the Asian and Caucasian strains were the last to diverge from the parent stock that originated in Africa. And my experience described above mirrors that. Of all inter group marriages, around here, Caucasian/Asian generates essentially no notice. Perhaps more so in hopelessly backward parts of the US, (and other countries as well.)

      So, good luck in your social encounters in future. Try to look at us as all one race, which we are, and have hope that ignorance will diminish as global humanity re integrates after millenia of migration, population isolation and divergence that gave rise to these suspicions about the other.


  18. Hi Grace, I’ve been following your blog for a while but haven’t had an opportunity (or more so a free moment) to post a comment. Congrats on your marriage! You two look so adorable together. We’re also an amwf couple, living in the US, began as a bicoastal ldr, and now will soon be getting married this May and then doing our honeymoon in Japan afterwards. I sold the fiancee the idea of a Japan honeymoon, but it didn’t take very much. :) She’s never been to Asia and is uber excited!

    I really enjoy your funny comics, story-telling writing style, and also the insider’s foreigner living in Japan tidbits that are also exceptional reads! I’m glad you decided to persevere and continue to keep the blog going. Just wanted to say, people do read it! Ganbatte yo! Oh and what’s funny is we resonated with that “eloping” post too! Glad to see we’re not the only crazies. We’ve been through the roller coaster ride on that particular topic and we each took turns playing pro-eloping and consoling. :)

    Hey, if you guys are up for it, perhaps we can connect in Tokyo in May.

    • Hi Allan,

      Thanks for the message! Wow, your honeymoon in Japan sounds fantastic. I really do love this country – I hope y’all have a fantastic time here! And I’m also kind of glad to hear other couples went back and forth on the whole eloping thing. I don’t know. It was a viable option.
      I’ve really been loving the whole ‘writing comics instead of blogging’ – so I’m glad to hear people who follow my blog also like the comics. I’m trying to make it into a weekly thing.
      In any case, shoot me a message or add another comment when y’all are heading to Japan. I don’t know if we will be in Tokyo in May (the husband travels for work a lot, so I just tag along) just quite yet.

  19. I am so thrilled to have found your blog. You and your hubby look perfect for each other – congratulations and praying a lifetime of blessings for you both!

    Thank you for the insight on different aspects of Tokyo. My husband (of 28 years and still going strong) and I are going to Tokyo in July (I know, I know, it’s very hot and humid then, but a fav band of mine, U-Kiss will be there then) and your tips are very valuable and the little things you mention will make our trip all that much better.

    Keep up the great work, and again, congrats again!

    • Thanks for the message! I’m glad you’ve had fun reading!

      Really? U-Kiss is coming to Tokyo in July? Awesome. I might look for tickets for that too, then :)
      They’re one of my favorite Kpop groups, and I haven’t been to a Kpop concert in Tokyo yet. I tried to book Big Bang last year, but tickets sold out within a couple of minutes… hahahaha.

  20. lost in translation // 3 March, 2014 at 5:43 am // Reply

    I will be visiting my boyfriend’s family later this month. Is it possible for you to write a blog on appropriate Japanese phrases and conversation starts? Such as when you enter the house, dinner conversation, etc? Please and thank you!!

  21. Hello, first let me say I love this blog, and you and your hubby are the cutest couple! It gives me hope for love and the future.

    If I can post my story here, that would be fantastic, because I need a place to put it all!

    I’ve known this american-born Chinese guy for many many years – we could even be childhood friends, and we grew up together – long distance. I met him on an online game, and from there we started talking and became best friends. We had nicknames for each other and it was a generally nice, fun friend relationship.

    About a month ago, he began showing more interest in something more then a friendship-relationship (feels so awkward to type this!) and because I had been harboring my own feeling for him for awhile, I reacted in a positive way. I added him on skype around this time, too.

    Soon enough, he asked me to go out, and I accepted. Today when he gets home from work we’re going to skype chat – no video chat, just voices – and i’m in a bit of a dilemma.

    I know it’s going to be awkward – mainly because I’ve never had an in real life boyfriend before, and we’re doing long distance. I don’t know what i’m going to say, and i’m still really new to this entire relationship business (not because i’m super young, just because I don’t have experience with it) and I have no idea what to say – and though he’s assured me he’s shy too, it’s in my nature to think I would ruin it.

    I’ve seen the advice from searching around Google to just be myself, and I suppose that’s good advice, but i’m still worried. I really would like to get closer to him, but there’s this barrier preventing me from letting out all my feelings, if that makes sense. This might not even be the right place to post this, and if not, I apologize!

    In any case, that’s my story – I really would like to continue being with him, maybe even meet him – we’ve been talking about how when I get my driving license in a couple months, we can go on a road trip – so hopefully things work out. He’s a really sweet guy, and i’m very happy to know him.

    Also, congratulations on the marriage! I’m so inspired by your blog, I hope it would turn out all right for me too. (:

    All the luck in the world

    • Hi E,

      Thanks for the message. That sounds so sweet. What a fun way to meet!
      Oddly enough, you’re not the only couple I know that met online through a game. One of my best friends from middle school met her boyfriend (of, what, 3-4 years now?) online through a game. They started out as friends first, then started Skyping, then dating, then 3 years into their relationship, finally met in person.
      IT seems to be working wonderfully for them – she’s so happy whenever she talks about him.

      I guess to other people that might seen weird, but I think it’s kind of cute to meet that way.
      I’m sure talking in person the first couple times might be a bit awkward, but I’m sure y’all will work through it! Good luck!

  22. Karl Bergerson // 22 February, 2014 at 11:45 pm // Reply

    Enjoyed reading about the Tokyo marathon. I’m a (former) Seattle guy who now lives in Sapporo with his wonderful Japanese wife. I run a lot, but have had to learn all about putting ice spikes in my shoes for Nov..Mar season. Hope you enjoyed your South America jaunt. Did you visit Shiretoko?

  23. Have you ever been groped? can you write about it if you have? The experience & what you were thinking?

    • I assume you’re talking about chikan groping on trains in Japan? If so, no I have not – but several of my friends have.

      I wrote a post about what to do (physically and emotionally) if you are groped by a chikan on a Japanese train. If you’re interested, check out the link:\http://howibecametexan.com/2014/01/31/what-to-do-if-you-are-targeted-by-a-chikan-pervert-on-a-japanese-train/

  24. I would like to talk to you grace. Can I have your email?

  25. Bonnie greaves // 7 February, 2014 at 8:07 pm // Reply

    desperate teenager in need here!
    in december i left my home in new zealand to go back to my real home england for a month to visit my mum and family for christmas i wasn’t looking for love but i had a faintest idea that something was going to happen. anyway so in January 6th i was in bed just flicking through people on tagged when i came across david. i sent him a friend request and the next day he accepted. i sent him a message and we got talking then texting. the first day was pretty amazing i felt like i already knew him. it didn’t take long till i was falling for him and he was the same. on the 13th we both said i love you and on there 14th he asked me to be his girlfriend. of course i said yes :D by this point we hadn’t met. i was due to leave england on the 22nd so we had just under 2 weeks left. the week before i left we organized for him to come down and see me and say goodbye for the day. i was crazy crazy nervous but the day arrived and i got up bright and early to go to the train station and there he was. the day was filled with kisses and cuddles and funny conversations and just acting in love basically. when he left thats when it hit that i wasn’t going to see him again for a year. the next day i was leaving. we spent all morning messaging saying how much we loved and missed each other and replaying parts from the day before we were generally happy. i got on my 25 hour flight crying and cradling the teddy bear he had gotten me to keep me company and left. as soon as i landed in new zealand i told him i was home and missed him terribly. everything was fine we were perfect and in love talking about our future of marriage and 4 children. but recently its been hard. he hasn’t been as talkative and seems down all the time. today he told me he wasn’t happy and the distance was killing us and him physically and mentally.now I’m stuck…neither of us want to end it but we need to become close again its breaking my heart. please can somebody give me some advice

    • Hi Bonnie,

      Thanks for the message. I think you are in a difficult situation. Long distance relationships are hard – even more so if you don’t get to meet and spend lots of time together. I don’t know if y’all are going to be able to make the distance, especially if he is pulling away. What I recommend to all couples: try to see each other in person as soon as possible. Is there any way you can go back to visit your mum soon?

  26. Hi there. I found your blog while searching for blogs about Japan and since then I became a fan. Incidentally, I was in Chinatown Yokohama yesterday and I think I saw you and your husband.

  27. Hello Grace! I nominated your blog for the Liebster Award. To accept, please click on this link: http://nippaku.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/nippaku-and-the-liebster-award/
    I hope you like it!

  28. I actually happen to love Japan too! As someone who is an otaku as well as a fan of Japanese Culture, I am thinking of studying in Japan soon. I’m Taiwanese Canadian btw! ^_^

    • Awesome! If you get a chance to study in Japan – I recommend trying to find a place about an hour outside of one of the major cities. It is a great mix of rural and urban; both are radically different in Japan.

  29. Love the blog! Congrats on the wedding! I just started a LDR with my Japanese Boyfriend, and knowing someone else went through this makes me feel better.

  30. I love your blog it inspires something in me to go and do the things I love but it’s not that easy. Whether I can or not, the dream and hope of me going to other countries especially Japan, will never die. Thank You!

  31. Lovely blog! Makes me want to visit Japan. And congrats and all the best, hope you have nice wedding :)

  32. May I know how long you lived in Ghana, and if i may add, what were you doing there during your stay or what were the purposes of your stay in Ghana?

    Secondly, I find your blog to be very interesting and I will revisit to read more as you continue to write.

    • I lived in Accra, Ghana for one year (when I was 13); my parents lived there for two years; my brother lived there for three years. My mother taught/teaches computer science at Ashesi University (one of the first/only liberal arts universities in W. Africa). So does my father.
      Actually, they are moving back to Ghana in 60 days (permanently).

      Their website explains it better than I can (but I think they are both fantastic): http://www.servinginghana.org/
      And their blog is pretty cool too: http://servinginghana.wordpress.com/

  33. Where or what is ICU?

  34. bethan casey // 4 December, 2013 at 12:41 pm // Reply

    your life is SO interesting, i literally want to grow up and live a life like you seem to be living, i’m only 17 and i’ve been involved with a long distance relationship since I was 15, and I was having a bit of a breakdown and then came across your wonderful blog! Japan seems like an amaaaazing place! So so jealous!

  35. Researching Japan for my upcoming trip this month and found your blog. Read lots of posts! So exited!! Send me a message if you’d like to cross paths in December!

  36. I’m a white, Texan girl like you. I’ve been married to an American-born Vietnamese man for 9 years. :) You’re right: There aren’t many of us (white women w/Asian men) that I’ve seen. It’s always good to hear of others. Btw, stumbled on your blog tonight and LOVE it. Congrats on your engagement!

  37. You and your fiance are just adorable :) My boyfriend is Chinese, not Japanese, but I can relate to a lot of your posts about cultural differences and people’s attitudes towards interracial dating, particularly when it’s with an Asian man.

    • Thanks :)
      I always love hearing other interracial dating stories. I didn’t think there were that many women dating Asian men – but after starting this blog, I’ve met all sorts of other people!

  38. You two look great together! I have been married to a Japanese girl for 14 years. We are very happy. We live in USA. I like reading your blog – fun pictures too.

  39. Your blog is great and really fun with lots of useful for a Greek living in Japan!
    Btw, you look like a great couple! When is your wedding?!

    • Thanks :) I’m glad you find it helpful!

      We’re getting married on January 2, 2014 in Texas. It should be a fun blend of cultures~

      • In Texas! That is so great! I’m sure your fiance’s family will find it quite interesting! Enjoy it with all your heart, I wish you all the best!

  40. Love your blog, + you seem like an amazing couple :) best of luck!
    I hope to be able to visit Japan one day too though.

    grtz L.

  41. Very relatable. I sent an email to you asking a few questions. I hope you can answer them. I prefer to be anonymous here, you’ll know it’s me, my email ends with .sg

  42. Thank you for following my blog!

    I read your blog before I made my own and it’s one of my favourites. Really great posts. You two are such a cute couple too! :)

  43. Spent some time on your blog today. Found it Googling how to survive Tokyo summer. Very amusing and well written! Thanks for sharing.

  44. You’re quite mature for a 21 year old. Refreshing. I’m writing a book about my travels in Japan at the moment and came across your blog while searching for more info about the gigantic Japanese crows. Keep writing!

  45. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. I hope that you accept but you don’t have to. Check out my page for rules and procedures and keep writing! :)

  46. Hi Grace! I actually found your blog via google searching. I am studying at ICU this summer and was wondering if you would be open to answering questions. Would you be open to communicating via email? Thank you! :)

    • Hi Keara,

      Sure. My email is Grace.Buchele@gmail,com
      I actually did the summer course last year – and ended up staying on for a full year at ICU. I think about half the people in the summer course do that.
      I remember being super-confused when I first got to ICU for the summer program; I can probably answer most of your questions now.

  47. I just found your blog; love the work you’re doing. I was a 4-year student at ICU a few years ago (dropped out, haha), and found lots of similarities when I first came here, too. Keep up the good work!!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you like it.

      I like ICU. It’s… interesting. Through work and friends, I’ve actually met quite a few people who dropped out of ICU. It seems to be a trend; I get it.

  48. Sounds like fun~ Gotta love japan!

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