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Tales of a Gaijin

The Tales of me (and occasionally) my husband and our adventures as foreigners living in Japan.

ToaG: Dashed Hopes
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ToaG: Fur Machine
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ToaG: Straw Included
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ToaG: How to Pick Tea
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ToaG: Tea Picking
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ToaG: Self Employment
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ToaG: Language
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ToaG: Names
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ToaG: Seasonal Willpower
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ToaG: Rain
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ToaG: News Break
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ToaG: Year of the Boar
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ToaG: Face Masks
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ToaG: Packaging
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ToaG: Gifts for Gifts
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Toag: My My Number
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ToaG: Fancy Food
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ToaG: Regrets
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ToaG: Inadvertent Fleeing
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Toag: Emergency Broadcast
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ToaG: Haircut
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ToaG: Regional Escalator Etiquette
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ToaG: Regional Pronunciation
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ToaG: Homeowner Responsibilities
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KageRyu798|Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to let you know I spent a few hours reading these and I enjoyed them very much. I'm currently studying Japanese in my free time and would love to at least visit Japan sometime, so it was nice to live there vicariously through your comics. It sounds like a fun place to live and be that weirdo foreigner that everyone is surprised by. Thank you for leaving this entertaining record of your adventures! I think I'll watch your account for more.
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TriaElf9|Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you enjoyed the comics! ^_^ And thanks for the follow! I hope to get a chance to see Japan, it's a really lovely place, and good luck with the Japanese! It's a tough language, but worth it ^_^
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KageRyu798|Hobbyist General Artist
"I hope [you] get a chance to see Japan"? I assume that's what you meant, considering you've lived there for 6+ years. Ha.

And thanks! It is tough, but it's also been fun, especially since a lot of things I enjoy (Touhou, Nintendo games, anime, etc.) have a Japanese origin, so I've slowly been able to make sense of them in their original context, which is really rewarding.
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TriaElf9|Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah, sorry, I'm dyslexic, sometimes I leave words out ^_^;;

Ah yeah, that's the way to start for sure ^_^ be careful about fansubbed stuff, a lot of it is wrong ^_^;; Though, that is a fun test to see when you start noticing the mistakes, then you know you're well on your way, eheh
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cadencerox|Student General Artist
This comic is so very informative. I love learning about how life works in Japan, and it's so hilarious. I just loved the cat hours comic, because it is so true. My kitten does this every single day, and I get worried sick whether she has some sort of abnormality. But thanks to that comic, I'm really relieved. Also love this comic series soooooooooooooo much.
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TriaElf9|Professional Digital Artist
I'm so glad you're enjoying it! ^_^
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cadencerox|Student General Artist
Thank you so much for posting these comics. And also, I'm really sorry for writing such a large comment and bothering you.
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