E.B. Black loves keeping up with internet trends and watching YouTube in her spare time.
Moving Across the World
Grace Buchele Mineta is one of the bravest people I've seen on YouTube. She moved across the world, into a country where she didn't speak the language or understand the culture, all for true love. It's romantic when you think about it, but no less brave. Other couples have tried to do the same, but found their relationships crumbling due to culture shock.
In a different country, you have to learn a new way of thinking and doing most things. People will view you as different, and sometimes judge you for doing things that are normal in your own country. You have to adapt to new ways of eating and new kinds of manners.
But Grace handles it all with . . . well . . . grace (and humor).
It's no wonder that this brave girl also decided to self-publish the comic books she draws. She's gotten several offers from publishing companies, and she's ignored them all. Probably because she's figured out by now that there's nothing she can't handle. She's strong and she has Ryosuke by her side. The two of them are one of the most entertaining couples on YouTube.
1. They're an Adorable Couple
They don't always get along or agree, but that's part of what makes them adorable and real. Their interactions with each other and banter are so cute. You can tell they are very much in love. Watching them gives me the warm fuzzies inside.
2. They Travel to Interesting Places
I am so jealous of them. I wish my husband and I could go on some vacations like these. They make me want to visit Japan so badly, but it'd be difficult because I don't know any Japanese.
I had no idea what a Ryokan was before watching this video. I watched it at random. It seems like the most relaxing and wonderful place to go to ever. I wish they had these things in America. Sure, they have hotels with spas in America, but I can't help but feel like it's not even close to the same thing.
3. They Help International Couples
Grace says in her videos that a lot of people actually message her asking for advice. Most of their videos revolve around the theme of what it is like to marry someone who was born and raised in another country. I find it interesting, even though I'm not in a relationship like that, and I know a lot of people find it helpful who are in an international relationship.
I also like that phrase "international relationship" for some reason. It sounds cool to me. I had never heard it before watching some of Texan in Tokyo's videos.
4. They Give Information to People Thinking About Moving to Japan
They give a lot of good information to people thinking about visiting or moving to Japan.
I'm not thinking about doing either of those things, but I still find the videos very interesting. I'm a fiction writer and I get bored with my characters always being from the same place or having similar backgrounds. So I love hearing about people with different life experiences.
5. Grace Teaches Americans Interesting Facts About Japanese Culture
I had no idea that medical care is so different in Japan than in America. There are things I am envious of, like how cheap operations and other medical procedures are in Japan. And there are things I am grateful for here, like that I don't need a prescription to buy cold medicine.
But I find these kinds of things interesting. Not everything we do in America is the best way of doing things. Sometimes it wouldn't hurt us to be open-minded to a new kind of way to handle stuff. That's why videos like these are so important.
6. Grace Teaches Us the Difference Between How Japanese People and Americans Think
I like my horse laugh and I don't plan on changing it any time soon. But I find it interesting how Japanese people can look at something small we do every day as if it's ridiculous and over-the-top.
I appreciate cultural differences and how we all thing so differently. I feel like learning these little preferences and things makes me a little smarter and more open-minded. I am thankful to Grace for sharing these interesting facts with all of us.
7. They're Silly (Especially Ryosuke)
Their relationship dynamic actually reminds me a lot of my husband and I. I love it.
Grace is so serious compared to Ryosuke. She does most of the explaining in these videos. She gets irritated with Ryosuke and the way he goofs off in every video, but she's always telling him to never change. She also writes and draws.
This is basically how my husband and I are. He goofs off more than me. Sometimes I reprimand him for it, because I'm the more serious one. But I'm always telling him to never change, because I love his child-like spirit. I write articles and books all the time. Although I don't draw, I do play piano.
So I pretty much love the dymanic between the two of them and love how silly Ryosuke is. I can tell he brings out the silly side of Grace, just like my husband brings out my sillier side as well.
8. They Show Us Delicious Japanese Food
Grace loves the food there and is always talking about how great it is. It makes me want to try it, even when it sounds kind of weird.
But gyozas happen to be one of the few Japanese foods I've tried. Of course, they were Americanized, but they were so good. I wish so badly I could try the more authentic versions of the dish in Japan. They look so delicious on screen.
Texan in Tokyo Is One of the Best Channels on YouTube
So if you want to watch some happy people on YouTube and maybe be exposed to some new things in life, I'd definitely recommend this channel.
The two of them are already plenty popular, but I have a feeling that they are only going to become more popular as the years go by.
Check Out Grace's Books
Some people may not know this, but Grace has actually published some comic books, all of which are available on Amazon. She drew them over the course of several years to go with blog posts she was writing at the time.
I've read all three books and I loved them. They are just like her videos. Ryosuke even pops in here and there with essays he wrote and other things.
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© 2016 EB Black
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on July 27, 2018:
OMG! That's adorable and wonderful! Is there somewhere they are posting updates?
Bima Sudiarto on October 28, 2017:
Yeah, I miss them, too. Been trying to find out their news since my first knowing them about six or eight months ago. It's unbelievable how they actually vanish completely from the Internet since November 2016. I really and sincerely hope they're alright.
EB Black (author) from U.S.A. on June 20, 2017:
I was upset when they stopped making youtube videos as well. She also has a blog and she stopped updating that, too. So I've read her comics, blog, watched her youtube channel, but there are no updates anymore. They want to start a family, which I think is so sweet because they are the sweetest couple. But they don't believe in posting pictures of kids online and since their child will be a big part of their life, there would be no way they could vlog and not include the child.
I hope they come back in some way some day, but that doesn't look likely at this point in time.
Susanna on June 20, 2017:
I wish they would have stayed on YouTube. I can't find any new updates from them on Twitter or anything. Do you know what they're up to now?