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Just So Happens



After her father passes away in her native country of Japan, Yumiko must leave her bustling London life and return to her childhood home in Tokyo.  While familiar in many ways, Yumiko’s homecoming is also a shock as she relives memories of growing up that seem like a polar opposite to her current life.  Yumiko struggles with the loss of her very traditional father and hoping that he would approve of her strong, independent spirit and the artistic life she has chosen for herself.


We meet Yumiko’s mother and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  I found Yumiko’s mother one of the most interesting characters in this story—an independent woman who struggled to realize her ambitious goals in an even more conservative time than her daughter.


The artistic style of this graphic novel lends itself well to the story—it’s organic, calm, and clean.  The minimal watercolor washes over energetic ink drawings leave a lot of open, white space for our eyes to rest and keep the artwork flowing smoothly.  A very charming, authentic story with artwork to suit it.

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