We are pleased to present our first Mochi Featured Artist, Sam Nakahira! Sam graciously illustrated our story on friendship and provided a full comic on the timely issue of immigration. Fittingly, she has also shared a delightful little piece about Japanese mochi. This is an excerpt from a larger comic first posted on Spiralbound. Enjoy!

About the Artist

Sam Nakahira is a 2019 graduate of Grinnell College and MFA candidate at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her comics have been published or are forthcoming by the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Rumpus, Popula, and Sukeban Magazine. Since she was a child, she would read books, comics, manga and graphic novels all day long. Just as her favorite cartoonists and authors have done for her, she aspires to draw stories that transform readers’ worlds, perspectives and thoughts. She is currently working on a graphic novel around the history of Japanese American farmers and food retailers in California.

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