Diary of a Tokyo Teen
By Christine Mari Inzer
Tuttle Publishing, 2016. 127 pgs. Graphic Novel
When just fifteen, Christine travels to Japan alone to spend the summer visiting family and reconnecting with the country she was born in. Through illustrated journal entries, this travelogue written and illustrated by Christine, takes us through her experiences with planes, trains, food, geisha, sight-seeing, and the various people she encounters. Each page or two feels like its own journal entry, sometimes with photographs included along with the illustrations.
This was a charming and fast read. It doesn’t read like a continuous narrative, but more like disjointed, humorous journal entries. Most pages have pretty simple illustrations with descriptive text, explaining either what’s going on or why something stood out to the author. It was fun to see Tokyo through the eyes of this young Japanese-American. I feel like this was probably a very memorable way for Christine to capture her trip, and it inspires me to do something similar on my own future vacations abroad.