:: About the Strip ::
Odori Park is the webcomic story of Japanese Arisa Nishimori, from snowy Hokkaido, Japan, and American Colin Easton, from Suburbia, U.S.A., navigating the culture shocks of romance, parenthood, family, friends, and making a living in an ever shrinking world. Colin and Arisa run the used bookstore A Book By Its Cover, and live in an apartment above the shop along with "Sprout," their multi-lingual toddler son. Together with friends and family, the Eastons paint a comedic picture of young family life in today's globalized world. A tale of east marries west by comic artist Chris Watkins.
:: About Chris Watkins ::
Chris Watkins (that's me, talking about myself in the third person) assures the audience that Odori Park is total fiction, and in no way autobiographical. Except for the part about being married to a Japanese woman, and having multi-racial children. And having taught English in Japan. And running a small business. And at least half the gags. Other than that, really, it's woven out of whole cloth. And that unflattering character is not you, honest. (That part's true.)
:: Cast of Characters ::
:: But What About the Title? ::
Odori Park is a block-thick stripe of fountains, grass, flowers, and park benches that runs through the downtown area of Sapporo, capital of Japan's northern-most prefecture, Hokkaido. It's the center of many of the city's public events, like the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. Depending on the season, you may be able to buy baked sweet potatoes or grilled corn-on-the-cob from street-side vendors there. Folks lounge on the grass with their sweeties, eat lunch, and do other city park type things.
What's the significance to Colin and Arisa? Guess you'll have to read the comic...