Julie Blanchin Fujita grew up in the south of France, and studied art at university. She works on various projects as an illustrator and graphic designer, and has illustrated six other books in her native France. In 2009 she set off with only a rucksack on her back to have an adventure in Tokyo-an adventure that continues to this day. Marie Velde is a freelance photographer and translator in Santa Monica, CA. She is the translator of Tokyo on Foot, My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy and other books.
Fujita's wry illustrated diary renders life in Tokyo in featherlight lines and cheery watercolors...This loosely drawn sketchbook account provides a friendly introduction to Japanese language, culture, and daily life. -Publishers Weekly Originally written in French, this travel memoir has not lost any of its charm in its translation to English...Fujita oscillates between describing personal experiences and explaining the initially foreign Japanese customs. Both sections flow so well together, readers may not even notice her break from story to explanation...[Fujita] carries the story with her written wit and relatable humor. -Geeks Under Grace