Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan

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An illustrated travel journal exploring the food, fashion and culture of modern day Japan. The summer before she turned sixteen, author/illustrator Christine Inzer traveled solo to Tokyo to get reacquainted with her birthplace. Through charming illustrations, photos, and musings, Christine takes us on a journey through modern Japan: she explores the fashion hub of Harajuku; she hunts down geisha in Kyoto; she eats the best sushi of her life in Tsukiji; and she meets many interesting characters along the way. Halfway Home is an engaging—and often hilarious—look at a fascinating country and a girl rediscovering her roots.

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About the Author:

Christine Inzer was born in Tokyo in 1997 to a Japanese mother and an American father. She spent her early years in Japan and relocated to the United States in 2003. She is currently a high school senior in a small town in Connecticut. Visit her online at christinemari.com.


"Full of good food and hilarious observations, Christine tells her story with the wit and pen of someone well beyond her years, while still capturing what it is to be sixteen and checking out cute boys on the subway." —Lucy Knisley, author of French Milk

"A humorous and engaging first book by a talented young writer/artist with a bright future." —Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa

"Halfway Home is wonderful! A fascinating mixture of travelogue, family and self-discovery done in a unique and entertaining way." --Jeff Smith, author of the Bone series

"A charming and impressive debut. Christine Inzer is one to watch." —Hope Larson, author of Mercury

"A charming and amusing account of a summer spent in Japan by a teenager reconnecting with her Japanese family roots. This short and sweet comic had me laughing out loud within the first few pages." —Sam Baldwin, author of For Fukui's Sake: Two years in rural Japan

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