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Grace Buchele Mineta

Grace Buchele Mineta is a quirky Texan freelancer, living in Tokyo with her Japanese salaryman husband. She runs the blog “Texan in Tokyo”, where she draws comics about her daily life as a newlywed navigating silly cultural misunderstandings as an interracial couple.



Famous for Being Famous in Japan

Being famous for being famous has got to be the easiest job in the world.

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Japanese Politeness: More than just saying “Thank You”

Are the Japanese polite or just cordial for the sake of keeping the harmony?

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Help! There’s Underwear On My Balcony!

What's the procedure for returning someone's underwear?

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Downplaying Your Foreign Language Ability

When they stop telling you your Japanese is good, then you know it's good.

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My First Time Teaching English in Japan

Your first time teaching English in Japan usually involves a lot of blood, sweat and pantomime.

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Surprisingly Expensive Things in Japan

Is Japan really as expensive as many people believe?

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The Terrifying World of Japanese Horror Movies

Japanese horror movies are a special kind of freaky!

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Japan’s Curious ‘Omiyage’ Culture

Next time you're going on a trip, don't forget to pick up that 'perfect' omiyage!

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12 Things I Love about Living in Japan

It's not perfect but it's home.

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The Stigma Against Teaching English in Japan

Are bad English teachers ruining it for everyone else?

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Misplaced Stereotypes Can Ruin Your Trip To Japan

You probably won't find a weird vending machine or professional geisha, roaming the streets of Tokyo.

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When Respectful Japanese Isn’t Respectful

There are five forms of keigo but none of them will help me get my package delivered.

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