Are you and Ryosuke married?
Yes, we (finally) tied the knot on January 2, 2014
How did you two meet?
We met my sophomore year of college (his junior year) when he studied abroad in America at Ursinus College. We lived in the same dorm.
For more on “us,” check out the About the Author page.
It’s a long story. The simple version is that we were on the same intramural soccer team, I twisted my ankle, and he carried me back to the dorm. A couple of weeks later, he got down on one knee with a strawberry ring pop and asked me to be his girlfriend. I said yes. After two years of dating (both living in America, both living in Japan, and me living in America/him living in Japan), we tied the knot in a small, rustic ceremony in Texas.
For pictures and anecdote from the wedding: My Big, Fat Texas Wedding (Ryosuke and I finally tied the knot!)
Where do you live?
Right now we live in Tokyo :)
We’ve also spent time living in Pennsylvania, Texas, Akita (Japan), and Ibaraki (Japan). We live in Japan because Ryosuke got a much better job than I did (good for him!). I moved to Japan to be with him right after I graduated from college.
Do you work?
Ryosuke works at a regular Japanese company. I do freelance writing (and blogging) for cash while we wait for Japanese visa paperwork to go through. Once I have a spouse visa, I will start job hunting in Japan.
If you’re new to “Texan in Tokyo,” check out my “New Here?” Page (it’s kind of interesting)
Can you speak Japanese?
Yes. Ish. No one in Ryosuke’s family speaks English – I’ve never had any problems living with them. I’ve been studying Japanese for about 3 years.
I have problems with “formal” Japanese, though. Casual and Formal Japanese are basically two different languages (and really, I’m so bad in formal situations).
What language do you and Ryosuke communicate in?
We speak English. When we first started dating, I barely spoke a word of Japanese. We kind of fell into a rut of speaking English. His English is better than my Japanese, so we mostly converse in English (to avoid misunderstandings). When we are out with Japanese friends, we use Japanese.
Does Ryosuke speak English well?
Yes. His English has improved so much since we first met. He has this cute little Japanese accent (of course), but can nearly understand everything that the characters on How I Met Your Mother say. He’s bad at understanding “British English,” though.
What do you use to draw your comics?
Pen and paper. I tried with a tablet a while ago, but couldn’t get the hang of it. I also use the computer so much for writing/freelancing, so I kind of don’t feel like staring into a computer screen more than I have to.
I carry around this little journal to draw comics on the subway, while waiting for the bus, or lounging around the house.
Can you draw comics for me?
Yes! I draw comics on a freelance basis. If you’re interested, please email me at grbuchele@ursinus(dot)edu
Are you planning on having kids?
Yes, in like 5 – 7 years. We want to enjoy married life first (and we’re far too young/poor to afford children). I want four kids; Ryosuke wants three.
Can you help me find a job in Japan?
I wish! I don’t even have a job here myself.
What blogging platform do you use?
I use WordPress.org hosting with BlueHost. I love both (but each took a while to get used to). I had a blog with WordPress.com (.com and .org are different, it’s confusing) for about a year before making the switch. I don’t regret a thing.
Do you get money from your blog?
Short answer, not really. I wish I did. I recommend a couple of books on Amazon (basically coffee money), but I don’t want to host ads on my site because I think they look a little trashy…