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Living Tall in Japan

The tale of my time as a real-life assistant manga artist was the first time that I told my life story in such detail on the internet. I’ve been blogging for years, but the response from everyone hooked me on sharing my story in detail!

Now, you can read the ongoing post series about my first year in Japan. All of the ups, downs, and craziness that I experienced by moving impromptu and with no preparation to the land of my dreams. It should be fun, so read on! *^-^*

☆ Part 1 – How I got on that flight to Japan!
☆ Part 2 – Making mistakes at Narita airport.
☆ Part 3 – I don’t know what I’m doing..
☆ Part 4 – My first full day in Japan braving the train.
☆ Part 5 – Japan: the land of wonder.
☆ Part 6 – Missed something crucial!
☆ Part 7 – First encounter with Animate.
☆ Part 8 – Early observations about Japan.
☆ Part 9 – Mistakes in a Japanese grocery store.
☆ Part 10 – A mistake on the way to orientation.
☆ Part 11 – Getting my feet wet.
☆ Part 12 – Thinking about death. Gloomy, right?
☆ Part 13 – Meeting a new best friend.
☆ Part 14 –  Japan, the land of misery.
☆ Part 15 – Getting my feet wet.
☆ Part 16 – Typhoon, elevators, and 100 yen shops!
☆ Part 17 – GROSS GROSS GROSSNESS in Japan.
☆ Part 18 – Things English students say.
☆ Part 19 – Sick. Sick sick sick (and a maid cafe).
☆ Part 20 – Buying concert tickets in a Japanese machine!
☆ Part 21 – The most SERIOUSLY WTF moment ever.
☆ Part 22 – The great sushi mishap.
☆ Part 23 – The great Japanese toilet mishap (uh-oh)!
☆ Part 24 – No longer a purikura ‘virgin.’
☆ Part 25 – The great train incident
☆ Part 26 – Learning to be a fangirl.
☆ Part 27 – Tenimyu, part 1
☆ Part 28 – Tenimyu, part 2
☆ Part 29 – My first date in Japan.. which I didn’t know was even a date.
☆ Part 30 – Tokyo station is a maze.
☆ Part 31 – Fire! Fire!
☆ Part 32 – The Pleasure of Love.
☆ Part 33 – Ume matsuri.
☆ Part 34 – The search for the super-elusive used-panty vending machine comes to a head.
☆ Part 35 – An unwanted mother.
☆ Part 36 – An unwanted mother, part 2!
☆ Omake 1 –The real roommate of doom.
☆ Part 37 – If you can’t understand Japanese, get out!
☆ Part 38 – Festival of the metal phallus.!
☆ Part 39 – The cherry blossoms in Spring and a new job.
☆ Part 40 – JUMP is coming!
☆ Part 41 – Young JUMP and the Shueisha offices.
☆ Part 42 – Moving into the guest house!
☆ Part 43 – Stalked by the Roommate Of Doom.
☆ Part 44 – Sayonara, NOVA!
☆ Part 45 – Dream Live Second, my first.
☆ Part 46 – The emergence of Jamie-sensei!
☆ Part 47 – Grabbing my boobs! (//_//)
☆ Part 48 – Awash in a sea of fangirls, there came a single man.
☆ Part 49 – Encounter with the phallic mascot of Tokyo Tower!
☆ Part 50 – My first very own Tokyo apartment!
☆ Part 51 – Crazy Fangirl ALERT.
☆ Part 52 – Kamakura ahoy!
☆ Part 53 – Ah, the Fangirl Life!
☆ Part 54 – IQ-TaiQ-BBQ!
☆ Part 55 – Coming soon!

I hope you’re enjoying the story! I’m not sure how far it will end up continuing into my Japan journey. Maybe just my first year? Or touching on the highlights after I got settled? What do you think?

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Min

    I recently found your blog thanks to Crunchyroll advertising your new book and just came up to speed with Living Tall in Japan.

    Your adventures were really amazing and inspiring!, even if some of them were a little bit weird <_<

    And now, I think I'm in love with your blog because I want to read everything you posted here! heheh…

  • Squeaky

    Hey! From south Florida USA!!! Just found your blog tonight (march 10) and am completely interested. Where’s part 4!!!??? 😀 can’t wait.. Bookmarking this. Have fun!!

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Hello to you, too! And to Florida! I want to go to Florida sooooo badly! Mostly to go to the Harry Potter theme park, I admit, but still. 🙂

      Thanks for reading! I decided to rewrite the old posts completely, so I posted the new “part 2” this morning at midnight, and the new part three will go up tonight! 😀

  • zoomingjapan

    Well, as you know I’ve been following your Livejournal for ages and also your journey to and within Japan. ^___^
    I think it’s great to re-read some things from today’s point of view. It’s so interesting, isn’t it?

    It’s great that you could improve your writing. I have no idea if I’ve improved my writing. It’s already difficult enough that I write in a language that is not my mother tongue and sometimes I feel I can’t express things the way I want. ^^;;

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Same here! I actually really would LOVE to hear your coming-to-Japan story as you would tell it now! Everyone’s is so different, and you’re a prolific writer too.

      Well, I’ve never once thought reading your writing that you aren’t a native English speaker, if that says anything. 🙂 I know that it’s not your first language, but you write like it is. 🙂

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          I’ve been looking back at my old livejournal entries. That helps me orientate, in terms of what happened when. Then, while thinking about it, other things that happened and I didn’t write about float to the surface. It’s really, really odd! My memory is super-sharp these days, it’s crazy! May be due to the B-vitamin supplements I’ve been taking for a few months.

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