My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy – More than Just a Comic Book [For Me]

My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I'm Crazy - Book Cover [Source]
My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy – Book Cover [Source]

Book Description

My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I’m Crazy is the semi-autobiographical story of Grace, a native Texan, her hilarious husband Ryosuke, and her overactive imagination personified in a talking rabbit, Marvin. Their life is told through a series of comics depicting the joys and hardships of living abroad. After all, just because something is different doesn’t mean that it’s wrong.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy” is a 188-page perfect-bound softcover book with color covers and black + white interior. [Source]

Personal Thoughts

Grace of Texan in Tokyo and I have a lot in common. We are both expats – she lives in Japan and I call Taiwan home. We are both in interracial relationships – she is married to a Japanese man and my husband is Taiwanese. We both have to navigate and ‘find our way,’ both literally and figuratively, in a foreign country. And even though the road that led us to Asia is quite different, we face the same daily challenges.

So, when I started reading Grace’s newest comic book, My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy, it was more than just a comic book for me – it was a trip down memory lane! I found myself laughing, not only at her comics, but also reminiscing about my own experiences and similar situations I had in Taiwan.

So, here are a few – in no particular order:

comic 1 - The Big Erection
The Big Erection [Source]

The Big Erection & I’m Drunk, I’m Drunk!

One of the comics included in Grace’s book touches on the topic of how some words are mispronounced which changes the meaning and the context of the conversation. In her comic, one of her friends said ‘the big erection’ instead of ‘the big election.’

This comic had me thinking about the time my former boss participated in the Sun Moon Lake swim, an annual event where several swim the length of the entire lake in Central Taiwan. He had just learned how to swim a few months prior to the event but he felt confident that he could do it.

Half way across the lake, he started to panic. He told me that he shouted ‘I’m drunk! I’m drunk!’ instead of ‘I’m drowning! I’m drowning.’

I didn’t have the heart to correct him and he continued to tell the story to all the foreign teachers at the school, one by one, about he [was] nearly drunk in the lake.

Life in Japan
Life in Japan [Source]

Life in a Foreign Country is Not All Sunshine & Roses

The above comic had me laughing up a storm as well. Grace depicts how she imagined her life to be all sunshine and roses in Japan, but it really isn’t. And one of the struggles is language [and the little things].

I recently edited a portion of the memoir I am writing and this comic had me giggling as well. It was about throwing out the garbage in Taiwan for the first time. I remembered how I was running every which way through lanes and alleys in search of the singing garbage truck [yes, you read it correctly – singing]. Some Taiwanese were pointing in the direction while others were cheering me on.

Sweat pouring, heart pounding, the music finally got louder. I found the garbage truck! But, I then had another problem – I had no idea how to get back home!!

This scenario never ever entered my daydreams before I arrived in Taiwan. However, that is the reality of life in a foreign country.

Freckles

Unfortunately, this comic isn’t in the media kit but it has appeared on Grace’s blog and you can see it by clicking here.

In the comic, she is having a conversation with her young niece about which princess in the pictures is pretty. Her niece points to the one without freckles because ‘…the other one has freckles. It’s ugly.’ Grace points out that she has some freckles and her niece responds ‘I know.’

I can totally relate to this comic and it had me cracking up and laughing as well. I have freckles on my arms and one of my younger students, who was about five at the time, asked me ‘Do you know your arms are dirty?’ Then, she tried to wipe the ‘dirt’ off my arms.  [Read more about it here]

Kids are very, very honest!!

Download for FREE

Grace’s comic book is now available and you can download the kindle version for FREE. The offer ends Sunday, so get downloading. And be sure to drop back and let me know which comic you liked the most. 🙂

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone!! I am now going to take these freckled arms outside to enjoy this beautiful day!

~~Disclaimer: I received a free PDF copy of the book to review. However, all thoughts and opinions are purely my own.~~

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17 thoughts on “My Japanese Husband (Still) Thinks I’m Crazy – More than Just a Comic Book [For Me]

  1. I have the same problem as a foreigner here in Turkey! Even now, despite speaking Turkish I still have some language problems, although not as hilarious as “a big erection”. I talk with my hands more than I do with my mouth and I’ve got a e-dictionary for when that doesn’t work.

  2. I really enjoyed your post. Very interesting and funny, but I can see how it would be very challenging being so far from removed from one’s country of origin. I also feel it would be very enriching.

  3. Thank you so much 🙂
    This is so sweet. And it’s kind of nice to know that other people have had somewhat similar experiences abroad too (but seriously, why all the hate on freckles???)

  4. I blame those cosmetic and skincare advertisements for brainwashing us (yes, including me) for thinking freckles equals to ugly. We have been fed with advertisements on products that will make a girl’s skin “silky smooth” since we are kids, so it is natural to assume that anything causing the skin to not be smooth (like freckles) should be frowned at :/

    1. Yes, I guess I am fortunate only to have freckles on my arms. My face is very clear and white [well, it gets red when I am really hot or cold] and I get many compliments about my skin in Taiwan.

      It is funny because when I got my wedding pics taken in Taiwan, all the photographers and make-up artists were constantly talking about my skin and how great it looks in photos. Before our wedding in Canada, my sister suggested I do some tanning sessions [which I didn’t] because I was too pale and tanned skin looks better against white.

  5. Great choice of excerpts from the book! Just finished reading my copyーand like you, can see many similarities with Grace’s experiences. 😀
    I know some freckled girls back in Europe who never liked theirs… And yet I always wanted at least a few, even just in summer because I thought they were cute! Now I’m quite happy with my freckle-less face, but I still think they’re cute on others! 🙂

    1. Like I told CL, I only to have freckles on my arms. My face is very clear and white [well, it gets red when I am really hot or cold] and I get many compliments about my skin in Taiwan. I am the type that gets sunburned immediately and never tans. I am either white or red.

      When I was younger, I always tried to get tanned. Little did I know I would end up in a place where pale skin is beautiful.

  6. While I don’t like them myself, I’m happy that my husband thinks freckles are sexy because I have them all over! Why is it that we always want what we don’t have?

    And speaking of skin color, it’s fascinating to see how light skin has become such a priority to many Asians. When we lived on Bali, I discovered that most of the better skin care products have a skin whitener. Aussies who hope for a tan had better bring what they need from home, lol.

    In that sunny, hot and humid climate I always found it amusing to see young women covered head to toe with pants, long sleeves and gloves, so that they could completely avoid the sun. The things we do for beauty!

    1. Linda, you are right! People seem to want what they don’t have. In many Western countries, people like some color or to be tanned. In Asia, people want to be whiter. It is the same as you described in Taiwan as well. I have one particular friend who wears a light sweater and gloves in summer when driving a scooter just to avoid getting darker – imagine how uncomfortable gloves are on a hot sunny day?

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