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Himawari House

by Becker, Harmony,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 14 copies
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Summary

A young adult graphic novel about three foreign exchange students and the pleasures, and difficulties, of adjusting to living in Japan.

Living in a new country is no walk in the park--Nao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo and attending the same Japanese cram school. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. Though each of them has her own motivations and challenges, they all deal with language barriers, being a fish out of water, self discovery, love, and family.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Becker, who brilliantly created the artwork for George Takei's Eisner-winning They Called Us Enemy (2019), makes her stupendous solo debut in what will prove to one of the best graphic titles of the year. The narrative might initially seem simple: a mixed-race U.S. teen takes a gap year in Japan to reconnect with her heritage. To tell the story, Becker showcases her impressive polyglot facility, combining English, Japanese, Korean, and Singlish (including rewarding winks to fellow polyglot readers). To show the story, Becker's exquisitely expressive black-and-white illustrations enable and encourage empathic responses to induce guffaws, sobs, and everything in between. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, Nao moves Stateside where "people were always quick to point out that I was different." Nao "adapted" by abandoning her first language and culture. Choosing to return to Japan between high school and college, Nao arrives at Himawari House, a student group home, where she quickly bonds with Hyejung and Tina, also studying Japanese. Hyejung is Korean, estranged from her parents, and hoping to enter art college. Tina, from Singapore, is currently taking a term off while waitressing. Brothers Shinichi and Masaki will prove integral coresidents, as well. As relationships become opportunities for deeper communication, Becker's text bubbles ingeniously become indicators of better understanding. Audiences can expect absolute delight."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Recent high school graduate Nao, 19, who is half-Japanese, Japan-born, and Midwest-raised, decides to spend a gap year at Tokyo-based sharehouse Himawari House to reconnect with her roots. Soon, Nao meets her housemates: Hyejung, a studious college-age Korean woman; Tina, a buoyant 25-year-old Chinese Singaporean; and two Japanese brothers, personable, bespectacled Shinichi and standoffish, curly-haired Masaki. As Nao reassimilates, she is relieved to discover that Hyejung and Tina speak English (Tina's Singlish is "like English but deluxe flavor"). The process of language learning, the way language can define identity, and multilingual experiences are lovingly illuminated in mostly translated Japanese, Korean, and English, with smudges denoting words lost in translation; characters' accents are respectfully rendered phonetically. Those familiar with Asian culture will recognize how richly the narrative is steeped, including manga and manhwa onomatopoeia, nods to food, Asian pop culture, the konbini franchise Lawson, and more. Those unfamiliar will appreciate the fluid, expressive cast, rendered in playfully shifting manga styles, and the intricately sketched scenery. In this stunningly layered graphic novel debut, Becker crafts a warmly actualized world in which the multiplicities of diasporic Asian identity are examined and held close. Back matter includes an author's note about accents. Ages 14--up. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Japanese Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Young women -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Friendship -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Americans -- Japan -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Shared housing -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Student exchange programs -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
In English with some Japanese.
Description 374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781250235565
1250235561
9781250235572
125023557X
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