Comics & Cartoons

COMIC: What sound?

You know how you find yourself doing things your parents did, without really knowing why? Ryosuke knocks on watermelons before he buys them, because that’s what his mom always does. Before cutting a clove of garlic I crush it with a mug or [...]

25 September, 2016 // 1 Comment

COMIC: The (surprisingly okay) hair cut

Everyone has those quirks that make them unique. One of my (many) quirks is the fact that I hate it when people touch my face (or hair). When I was little, I used to throw fits every time my mom tried to do my hair for school. Now that I’m an [...]

11 September, 2016 // 0 Comments

COMIC: burn that bridge when I get to it

I take full blame for the weird things my husband has learned how to say in English. Or, well, most of the blame. He’s watched all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother while we were dating (and then married) so he learned his fare share of [...]

16 August, 2016 // 0 Comments

COMIC: The「red shiso」Fiasco

To me, this is one of the hardest parts of living abroad (and being married into another culture). You don’t have the same unconscious knowledge of the food, culture, traditions, and responsibilities. Sure, you will pick things up the longer [...]

6 August, 2016 // 0 Comments

COMIC: Snacking problems

Anyone else? I am awful about binge-eating snacks, mostly because I have poor impulse control. Since becoming “an adult” I eat much more healthy (a nice pro that comes from cooking all your own food) and snack less… but then [...]

26 July, 2016 // 0 Comments

COMIC: 11 fun similarities between Ghana and Japan

I was born in Texas. My parents live in Ghana. My husband is from Japan. Our life is a fun, international adventure. Back in March, Ryosuke and I spent almost three weeks visiting my parents in Ghana (which I wrote about here, here, and here). It [...]

20 July, 2016 // 0 Comments

Comic: A poem I wrote in the Shibuya station bathroom

At this point, I ought to know better than to try to use public restrooms at any of the “fashion spots” in Tokyo on the weekend. I wrote this little “poem” on the back of a receipt while I was waiting in line with a [...]

9 July, 2016 // 0 Comments

COMIC: Doing my best?

When we first started dating, my husband didn’t understand my snark. Like he understood the concept of sarcasm (and could pick up that I was being sarcastic a solid 60% of the time). But there were a lot of things I said that went right over [...]

30 June, 2016 // 0 Comments

Comic: Baby Logic

This happened the last time we visited our inlaws: Poor Ryosuke. I feel so bad for him – but everyone in his family thought this was the funniest thing [...]

9 June, 2016 // 28 Comments

I feel loved. And guilty. And grateful.

I have a lot of feelings right now. Love. Gratefulness. Fear. Excitement. Unworthiness. Confusion. Guilt. Disbelief. Courage. I’m on day 4 of my Kickstarter campaign to fund my first full-color comic book, “My Life in Japan” (which [...]

22 February, 2016 // 39 Comments

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