Clarissa Combe Makes Random Life Decisions On A Train Across Yamagata Prefecture
Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Clarissa Combe Makes Random Life Decisions On A Train Across Yamagata Prefecture

By Lanie Olmo This column has come full circle through all six regions of Aomori Prefecture. Now that we are back in East Tsugaru, I thought it’d be refreshing and long overdue to widen the demographic of JETs featured. That is why I asked Clarissa Combe, a first-year CIR from England, to grace us with … Continue reading

Muniba Mushtaq Finds the Best of Aomori
Aomori Spotlight / Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Muniba Mushtaq Finds the Best of Aomori

by Lanie Olmo When applying to the JET Program, we are constantly told not to get our hopes up in regards to our choices in placement. Although the application allows us to list our top three picks of areas or cities we’d like to live in, ultimately participants are placed where there is demand. More … Continue reading

Jonathan Williamson Doesn’t Sing Opera
Aomori Spotlight / Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Jonathan Williamson Doesn’t Sing Opera

by Lanie Olmo “For all the people who want to be good singers, John recommends to start with Opera. Start learning some Opera. Opera is the shit.” This unorthodox piece of singing advice given in third person is from none other than Jonathan Williamson, 2nd year ALT living in Oma-machi. “If you can sing Opera, … Continue reading

Carrington Lewis-Sweeney Breaks Free
Aomori Spotlight / Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Carrington Lewis-Sweeney Breaks Free

By Lanie Olmo July is a hideous and bittersweet time for the JET community, as friends we’ve come to know and love leave to continue their journeys elsewhere, while new ones eagerly await their arrival to Japan. Such a time is perfect for reflection before the next chapter begins and things change. And it is … Continue reading

Strea Camilon Chooses The Difficult Path
Aomori Spotlight / Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Strea Camilon Chooses The Difficult Path

By Lanie Olmo For this month’s article, I managed to sit down and chat with a person whose work I have been admiring for quite some time. “My very first memory of doing art and being proud of myself was maybe between kindergarten and first grade. My parents had already started trying to train me. … Continue reading

Charlie Abbott Breaks The Software
Aomori Spotlight / Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Charlie Abbott Breaks The Software

By Lanie Olmo For the inaugural edition of this column, I wanted to make sure that the first honorable JET interviewed is particularly hideous. Luckily, he lives two floors above me. Perhaps you know him. Maybe you’ve seen him biking around Aomori City. (Sometimes sporting a red ski mask in the colder months.) More than likely, you’ve … Continue reading