I am currently on vacation and will return to reply to comments and provide new content later. Until then, please enjoy an excess of doodles and comics about my daily life in the San’in region. See you in mid January!

I like it when kids interview me about my culture and experience of life in the United States, and there are some questions I especially like because I can give them interesting answers. When I’m asked about pets, I mention dogs and fish, but I always make sure to note that I had pet rats when I was their age. They give me such a range of responses! One time, a 6th grade girl was very proud to respond by talking about her pet snake.

Of course, I’m the one who is shocked to see people with prairie dogs for pets.