For this interview GMA tracked down the illusive Itayanagi Scotsman, James Grant (known to his students as J-Kun). We managed to catch James between drawing his web comic Crazy Sunshine and spending time with his significant other (Sonic the Hedgehog). James gave up the sheep, crumpets, and Queen back home in order to gain, “A better understanding of Japanese culture, and ultimately, the chance to discover a whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we’re only dreaming…” That’s our James Grant. Find out what else our Scottish pal had to say below.
What are your plans after JET? Either return to my old job in the videogame industry, or apply for a new, exciting job in the same field over here. Also to make babies, but I think I’ll buy a cat and practice taking care of that first.
How long do you plan on staying in Japan? Five years on JET, and anything after that depends on the final boss battle between me and JLPT N1.
Are there any clubs or extracurricular activities/hobbies that you enjoy? Creating and writing webcomics, website coding, Japanese archery, video games, acting, pretending to know more about stuff than I actually do, like sports.
What are a few things you like about Japan? The food is pretty swell, and the people – for the most part – are incredibly humble and friendly. Being in-the-loop of everything anime, manga and game related is the best, although the technology in Aomori still has a few years to catch up with the rest of Japan, but they make up for it by having girls with incredible legs.
What are a few things you dislike about Japan? The average height of door frames, the insufferably over complicated paperwork, the cost of double episode anime Blu-Ray DVDs, and the fact that every single TV channel is jam-packed with ludicrously boring Japanese talk shows, or programs about food that always seems to be うああああああああああああ!!! Show me someone vomiting for once or something.
Is there any important information about you that you would like to share with others (unique ability or interests)? There seems to be a common misconception that I never go outside. Well, it’s true. My hobbies are all indoors, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to chat! When I am not at work, I am at the gym, or drawing and writing my own webcomic series which I am trying to get published into a book (http://www.crazysunshine.com). I maintain multiple websites, host live art jam sessions, and currently do a lot of volunteer work outside of school. I also play a lot of online games with my posse of friends back in the Kingdom, and you – yes, you – are welcome to join, if you think you’re hard enough.