I studied in Tokyo from 2010 to 2014 and noticed a lot of cultural differences between Japan and my country so to deal with my culture shock, I started creating comic strips about them. I hope my comics will help more foreigners like myself understand Japan and the Japanese people better, as well as increase awareness about some changes in behavior we might have to make when we visit. These comic strips were selected from a collection of over 300 that I created between 2012 and 2015 and posted on my Facebook page. I also compiled these illustrations into two books: “Eva, Kopi and Matcha” and “Eva, Kopi and Matcha 2.0” which are available on Amazon and other eBook platforms (Kindle, iBooks, Google Books, Kobo).
#1 Amazing Clean Toilets
#2 No Service Charge And Tips
#3 Eating Noodles
#4 Station Masters
#5 Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash
#7 Japanese Service
#10 The Last Stop
If you fall deep asleep on the bus in the US, it may be your last stop…
#11 Vending Machines
There are vending machines almost everywhere, even at places where life-forms doesn’t seem to exist.
That’s what I noticed the first time I came to Japan. I was walking on a street between empty field and there you had a vending machine in the middle of nowhere, nothing else.
#12 Celebrating Christmas
Oh. OH!!!! Maybe this explains my mother-in-law!! We kept insisting “Do you not want something… more? We will get you any—” – “No. KFC.” .. okaaay…
#14 Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets