when 15-year-old jasper moves to japan because of his mom's new job he doesn't know a single word in japanese; except for kawaii, thanks to anime. that's why he feels really lonely in his new junior high school class until he gets to know monty, a straight-a student from south korea who speaks english really well. monty grows fond of the tall, clumsy, somewhat dorky american and begins not only to teach him the japanese language but also how to enjoy hanami, why purikuras are so important (glitter and funny speech bubbles, hello?!), how to not look like a complete tool when playing dance dance revolution in public and how to eat with chopsticks, which really frustrates jasper so he kinda just stabs his food all the time and shoves it into his mouth or lets monty feed him. over the course of weeks and months they not only become best friends but there's also something else blossoming between the two boys. and when monty gives jasper his first self-made bento, he does know what it means. because jasper actually listened to everything monty taught him about japan and so he just gets up and gives him a shy peck on the lips. daisuki.