Thank you to my friends Tom and Kristi Gross for participating in the September class! They are both former participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Tom lived in Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture, and Kristi lived in Ono, Fukui Prefecture.

Let’s take a look at the book art they made!


Doraemon’s 田辺 Adventure (as told to Tom)

Tom’s book utilizes two voices–his own and that of Doraemon–to create a dialogue that not only introduces the area that he called home in Wakayama but also touches upon the reactions that foreign residents may receive in Japan. The visual structure is great and really serves to unify the book. And the use of an animated character adds humor and softens the sometimes surprising comments made by Doraemon about non-native residents.


大野 as a Japan Experience

Kristi’s book is overflowing with pictures–a visual smorgasbord! I love how she taped in extra photos when there wasn’t enough room as well as the peek-a-boo windows on the last spread. Along with some text, Kristi highlights some of the the things she loves about Japan as well as some of the frustrations she experienced while living in Ono.