Lauren Bird Likes Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock
Brief Interviews With Hideous JETs

Lauren Bird Likes Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock

By Lanie Olmo Also known as “visual kei.” “It was coined by Yoshiki of X Japan.” Lauren Bird, a first year ALT residing in Kazamaura of the Shimokita region, begins. “They’re kind of the very first band in Japan to really go with that term. They started in the 80s. Visual Kei is kind of … Continue reading

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