Book Review | Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo by Grace Buchele Mineta

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Grace Buchele Mineta
Format:
PDF, 188 pages
Publication date:
June 21st 2015
Publisher:
Texan in Tokyo Press
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Just last month, I reviewed Grace Buchele Mineta’s second comic book My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy for my Words of Asia blog event and I jumped at the opportunity to review her latest book, Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo. Similar to her previous books, the comics in Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo once again follow the adorable couple of Grace and her husband, Ryosuke as they navigate their lives as a young married couple in Tokyo.

Though Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo shares numerous similarities with Grace’s other books, what I enjoyed most regarding Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo was that there were more detailed blog posts included in this book. The blog posts in this book are extremely well thought out and better structured in this book, compared with her last two books. And I especially enjoyed the pages where Grace talks about what she loves and doesn’t love about living in Tokyo. Additionally, Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo also contains pages that inform the readers of words that are only found in Japanese. These pages are always amusing to read as we learn words such as tsundokusuruhito (積読する人) which is a Japanese word to describe a person who buys numerous books and lets them pile up around their house. I’m sure several people, whether they are book bloggers or not could probably relate to this.

Furthermore if you enjoyed the forewords that Ryosuke contributed to Grace’s last two books, then you’re in for a treat as the foreword in Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo is probably my favourite one to this point. Thus, if you’re a fan of Grace’s blog, videos, the comics she creates, and/or you like reading about adorable couples then you’ll definitely enjoy Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo.

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One of my favourite comics from Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo, that showcases the adorableness of Grace and her husband, Ryosuke. ( Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo, p. 30)

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Book Review | My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy by Grace Buchele Mineta

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For a listing to the links for all the other review posts for the Words of Asia blog event click here.

About the Authour:
Though, a native Texan Grace has lived all over the world. Currently she works as a freelancer in Japan where she currently lives with her husband, Ryosuke. My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy, is the second book of comics that she has published and now her third book, Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo is now also available.

Where Does it Take Place?
Mostly in Tokyo and various parts of Japan that Grace and her husband travel to.

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What’s it About:
This is Grace’s second comic book, and once again we get more adventures of her and her husband living in Tokyo as broken newly weds. Follow Grace, her husband Ryosuke and Marvin (Grace’s over-active imagination who appears to her as a talking rabbit), as they experience both the joys and hardships of living abroad.

My Thoughts:
Ordinarily, I don’t really feature self-published books though once in a blue moon I make an exception. I’ve been a fan of Grace’s blog and comics for a while in fact I was one of her original Kickstarter backers.

Grace’s storytelling style is both accessible and entertaining, and I love reading the comic strips that show the unique and compelling perspective of a young American woman who is married to Japanese salary man and how they live their lives being broken newlyweds. Grace and her husband are incredibly adorable and if you get the chance you should check out a few of her YouTube videos featuring the two of them. They are definitely a couple that I would love to meet and befriend in real life.

Being somebody who is extremely interested in learning more regarding the Japanese culture, as I hope to visit one day the essays Grace includes throughout the book were one of my favourite parts of this book. Even the essays that weren’t directly concerning life in Japan, I still enjoyed reading. In particular, found them incredibly relatable especially the one concerning deciding to settle for doing things until they were “good enough” for you and not being a perfectionist. As always, the comics were quite amusing and I loved the one on takoyaki as it is definitely relatable since I’m just as obsessed with takoyaki and can totally picture myself eating it all day also. My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy is another adorable portrayal of Grace’s life and as always I adore the light-hearted manner she takes when it comes to tackling serious topics akin to depression, anxiety, discrimination.

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One of my favourite comics, that shows just how adorable Grace and her husband are. From page 12 of My Japanese Husband STILL Thinks I’m Crazy.

You’ll like this book, if you love:
Comics and reading about what’s it to being in an interracial relationship.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.