July, Volume 2

Fond Farewells

Letter from the Editor

It’s very bittersweet for me to be writing this issue post today, as it is the very last issue for those of you who are leaving this month. The days seem to be flashing by, and soon enough you’ll find yourselves saying sayonara to good friends and yoroshiku to new ones. Just remember that no matter what the future holds, you’ll always have your memories of this experience on JET, and that’s something we should all count ourselves lucky for. GMA would like to wish you good luck in all your future plans, wherever they may take you! We know it will definitely be exciting and rewarding. I hope you’ve really enjoyed your time in Japan, and thanks for making GMA what it is today. For now, make sure to cherish every last moment you have with your students, coworkers, and friends. Best of luck and enjoy the journey after JET!

I’d also like to thank all those who answered our Google feedback poll so far! Your responses have been noted and we’re working on implementing some of those ideas in the future. If you haven’t had the chance yet, please take a minute or two to fill out this short feedback form for improvement purposes. The poll will remain open until the end of August so as to include ideas from new incoming JETs as well! We want to hear what you want to read. 🙂

Good Morning Aomori Feedback Survey

In other news, I am excited to announce the start of GMA’s Summer Photo Contest! We will be hosting a photo competition for all Aomori JET participants, from August 1st 12:00 am to September 31st 11:59 pm. The winner will be randomly selected and then announced in September’s second volume issue on September 15th. The winner will receive their choice of a) a Starbucks gift card worth ¥2000, b) an Amazon gift card worth Â¥2000, or c) a mystery gift with a value of up to Â¥2000! Pretty exciting I know. Entries must be related to life in Aomori prefecture in some way, and cannot contain profanity or the personal information of minors, but otherwise there are no strict rules on what can be depicted in your summer photo entries.

To enter the contest, you have 2 options:

  1. Follow our new Instagram account and submit photos by tagging @gmablog in your picture! You’ll automatically be entered. Make sure to use as many crazy fun hashtags as possible for added flair.
  2. Send in photo entries the old-fashioned way by email to

Don’t forget to title your photo, whether in the Instagram caption or through email! You may submit as many photos as you like for as many chances to win. Please be aware that by submitting photos to the contest, you are allowing Good Morning Aomori the right to repost your photos with photographer’s credit on our Instagram account, Facebook page, and/or WordPress blog for the duration of the contest. No photos will be used for monetary purposes, but only for promotion and sharing the love across the ken. For any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at


And finally, this issue’s articles:

AJET Special / Photo Corner: Photographic coverage of the “Bai Bai Beaches” leaver’s event held at Asamushi beach last weekend, brought to you by your Aomori AJET President Donalisa Gomez.

Aomori Spotlight: Harrison delves deep into the mind of Lawrence Hillis from Oirase town!

Forward All Inquiries: Jackson helps pull a reader through the inevitable drama and insecurity of a workplace crush.

English is Weird: Lauren goes into detail on some common homophones, among other grammatical nuances…

Japantics: Natalie shows us that the struggle is real when it comes to learning Japanese, but maybe it doesn’t have to be?


Once again, we’d like to thank you for reading, and hope you enjoy! If you are interested in starting a column, or in submitting a one-off piece for any column, please email us at

Amanda Addey-Jibb
Head Editor


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