Comic Book Review: “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy” by Grace Buchele Mineta

Grace Buchele Mineta – "My Japanese Husband thinks I'm crazy"

About the author: Grace Buchele Mineta

Grace is not your average person. She calls herself crazy, but actually she’s just super talented. She lives with her Japanese husband in Tokyo, where she works as a freelancer and blogs about her daily life on Texan in Tokyo. Check out her blog if you haven’t yet!

cover of "My Japanese Husband thinks I'm Crazy"

My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book”

“My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book” is the autobiographical misadventures of a native Texan freelancer and her Japanese “salaryman” husband: in comic book form. From earthquakes and crowded trains, to hilarious cultural faux pas, this comic explores the joys of living and working abroad, intercultural marriages, and trying to make a decent pot roast on Thanksgiving.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy: The Comic Book (by Grace Buchele Mineta)

Here’s why I loved reading “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy”:

  • it’s hilarious
    Grace has a great sense of humor. I absolutely love that her sense of humor is self-reflective. She didn’t call her book “My Japanese Husband is Crazy” and this is telling. Because that’s is really what living abroad is about – realising that the way you do things is not what’s considered normal in other places. It’s just what you grew up to believe is normal.
  • it covers the ups and downs of expat life
    Grace gives the reader an idea of what expat life looks like. She shows that expat life is fun, but also gets a bit lonely from time to time – especially if you work from home as a freelancer and the only one you talk to during the day is an imaginative rabbit called Marvin (which features prominently in the book).
  • it introduces Japan
    The reader gets an overview of life in Japan, partly through comics, partly through articles featured in the book. Grace explains Japanese Onsen (public bath), Japanese food, train etiquette, traditional Japan and more.

I don’t usually read comics, especially not BW ones. I have the urge to add color to them which makes reading them less fun (I’m serious about this). But I like Grace’s comics. The book was a lot of fun to read. I could relate to many aspects of Grace’s life abroad and her international, cross-cultural marriage and am sure you will too. You can buy your own copy of “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy: The Comic Book” here.

Are you a fan of Grace’s blog or have you read her comic book yet? How did you like it?

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  1. I love Grace’s book! The parts that stood out to me are the very ones you highlighted. I was saddened by, yet could relate to, the one about the hate mail she’s received just for blogging about her cross-cultural relationship. I loved the food posts and could picture myself back in Japan (even though it’s been–gasp–23 years), eating onigiri at the train station. I could go on and on! Thanks so much for showcasing her book. I also loved Jocelyn’s interview with Grace on Speaking of China. I hope Grace will write another book.

    • The hate mail seems to be pretty common for many bloggers (especially female ones). It must be pretty tough for the blogger, but I think it’s just great that Grace didn’t let the haters take over.

      I agree, Jocelyn’s interview was great.

      I haven’t been to Japan, but I’d love to try some of the food one day.

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