means "foreigner" or literally "outside person" (gai and jin).
gin is my name.
it's a pun, you see. yeah.*
(*skip down to the FAQ)
you know about Japan, punk?
was said with a wince and a small pathetic wave to all who have been in
Japan longer than me).
is the story of Gin, a girl trying to make life in a country that....
is special, very very special in many ways. Gin is me, and that country
is the ever masturbated over Japan, and I am writing
this story about my life. It starts the day I landed in Japan a month
of my first semester of school here, and once I have caught up to
day I will continue, because I could be in Japan for ten years and
have interesting stories pop up. It is merely one way to record my
I have a love-hate relationship with the country, and it will show very
clearly in the comics. They are not all funny, but they are all how I
My goal is to record basic facts and my own feelings about life in
for people considering a move there to read before making the choice.
expieriences, however, came about because of my own personality and my
own chosen path, and nobody else's Japan story will turn out the same,
I guarantee it.
is based on a True Story.
comic is a little different from most, because it is almost almost all
true, based on real stories, real quotes, and real
Most editing done is to create a more humorous punchline, and the
of people who will be Gin's enemies have been changed. All of the
are real people who lived events just like these. Gin is a real
who really lives in Japan, therefore, unlike other comics about Japan
the artist has never been to or merely visited the country, the things
in these stories are all true about Gin's Japanese Life and the lives
other foreigners, exchange students, teachers, and Japanese people in
are written with an understanding of how it is for real. This is my
as I lived it. Yet because
nobody's Japan story is the same, the
best way to learn is to pay attention to the lessons this story
to teach, and come to Japan for yourself. If you think my story is too
negative towards the country, you are correct. I had a hard time
adjusting when I first arrived. Which brings us to...
Purpose of Gai-Gin.
am writing this comic to teach and entertain anyone with an interest in
Japan, or anyone who just loves comics. My art isn't too great and
is my writing, but the point here is not to make a popular, beautiful
webcomic. I do not pay for advertising now and then so that I can have
MOST BEST LOVED COMIC EVER. I do it in the hopes that people will read,
believe, and learn something new. Japan is too popular itself and too
few Japanophiles really know anything about it! I
just hope anybody thinking of going to Japan - as a tourist, teacher,
otaku, or to pick up a Sexy Asian Lover, can read these stories and be
aware of the
silliest (and most dangerous) mistakes we gaijin make.
Don't be as stupid
as I was when I first got here! These are real expieriences, and
are sometimes funny, but man, some of them were nothing but humilating
or terrifying at the time. Looking back or looking on, it can be
at. Don't make yourself into comic fodder! Love and respect Japan and
people for how ancient - and hilarious, and fun, and crazy, and weird -
is a list of questions I get asked fairly often. If it's a question
about Japanese or Japan itself, try looking at the Japan Basics page.
Q. Why do you spell the word gaijin wrong?
A. Because it's a pun on the word gaijin and the name Gin. In
English letters (romaji), jin and gin are said the same, but if you
type that in Japanese - ジン and ギン, "gin" is pronounced "geen"
(like geek). In Japanese Gin spelled for correct pronouciation is ジン,
the same as the jin (人) in gaijin (外人). The pun starts here. Some
Japanese folks on 2chan discussed having seen me at a Kenichi Ito live,
during which he spoke to me from stage. This pissed them off (as they
were jealous), so in that thread they called me 害ジン. This word is
pronouced gaijin, just like the word for foreigner, but the gai (害) kanji,
although pronounced the same, basically means "bad or evil", and the
jin is spelled like Gin's name is. "Bad Gin"! Therefore, the kanji name
for this comic is 害ジン (this is what the title would look
like if ever translated into Japanese). As Gin is spelled Gin in
English, I left it as Gin in the romaji title - but remember, don't
type "gaigin" in Japanese! In Japanese the word for foreigner is
spelled "gaijin"! Don't make the mistake because of my stupid pun. ;)
Q. Why do you live in Japan if you hate it?
A. I don't hate Japan! I
just want people to understand the side of it that isn't as well known
in Anime/Manga/Videogame fan circles. No, no, I like Japan a lot. The
comic is lagging about 2.5 years behind my actual life... and is going
to go through a period of time when Gin becomes very jaded and slightly
racist towards Japan and it's people, due to a lot of varying bad
expieriences. Why don't you read and see what comes of it? :D
This comic can't really be ALL real stories! How much is REALLY true?
A. The basic storyline of this comic and all characters are
real (except for the one exposed to be fake).
Most quotes and things said are also real, repeated as best I remember
them, and only edited slightly for a punchline on occaision. If you
think it's hard to believe - imagine how much weirder it's been to
live! I didn't decide to make my life into a comic because I have an
extremely boring life! Gai-Gin is easy for me to write, because the
story has already happened :D
Miki real? What is she? I don't get it.
A. She is real, she's a
zombie, and if you don't get it, try harder D: Check out her character bio.
your "enemy" characters know about this comic?
As far as I know, yes - one of them
was still not officially out of my life when I began the comic, and was
happy with her character design. I'm not sure if they have read it all
or even care, but they are aware of it. I feel like they wouldn't
understand much of it even if they did decide to sit down and read it,
but who knows? I've changed their names and for the most part, their
appearances, and also left out details about their family life, so they
are protected from flames and other sort of meanness.
You are from the U.S., right?
Yes, I am from Pennsylvania.
Q. How long HAVE you been in
About 3 years total.
Q. How did you go to Japan in
the first place?
I don't like this question. What does
it mean? I came on a plane
with my savings. I was in a language program called JSP.
Q. Are you fluent in Japanese?
Now I am. I wasn't when the comic
Q. Are you still with Pyon?