Hey’all, I’m Kelsey, the CIR in the Tochigi Prefectural Office. I was born and raised in Indiana, Tochigi’s sister state in the US, and came here in summer 2015 after graduating with degrees in Japanese language & culture as well as human rights & social movements. Before this, I studied abroad for my entire junior year in Nagoya, and I’ve had many other internships and part-time jobs forming my background; this includes working with refugees and domestic violence victims, researching of human trafficking in Japan for the US State Department, working as a peer counselor for my university’s study abroad office, teaching a course on global issues at my university, teaching English, Japanese, and Mandarin in various settings and at various levels, and working as an administration assistant in Taipei, Taiwan. My daily activities at my current job mostly include translating documents, interpreting for delegates from abroad (these two have of late been very 2020 Olympic-related), working on sister-state relationships, and visiting local schools and organizations to present about America. I love dance, dogs, and food (and world peace). I’m here to help you maximize your JET and Japan experience, so よろしくお願いします！
Favorite Japanese words: 違和感 (iwakan) and はいよー(haiyo-)
Hey there! My name is Brian, and I’m one of the Prefectural Advisors for the 2016-2017 JET Program. I was born in San Francisco but grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I studied Civil Engineering in University because since childhood I’ve always been an analytical person and consider creating things to be fascinating and rewarding. However, I’m interested in quite a few things including world affairs, agriculture, the environment, transportation and of course Japan and Japanese. I came to Japan in 2014 as an ALT to see what else the world had to offer and in an attempt to avoid sinking into ‘a boring desk job’ until retirement. These days I spend my time cycling, going on small trips around Japan and studying Japanese. Tochigi Prefecture is a fantastic place to live and from which to explore the rest of Japan and even Asia. My first two years in Japan have been a great experience and I can’t wait to see what this next year has waiting. よろしくお願いします！
Favorite Japanese phrase: 小打も積もれば、大木を倒す (With many little strokes a large tree is felled.)
Hello guys! I’m MJ, a 4th year ALT and 1st year PA. I was born and raised in the small sunny island of Singapore. However contrary to expectations, I actually melt really easily under the sun and prefer the cold weather much much more! I am placed in Ashikaga city right now – at the extreme most southwestern tip of Tochigi Prefecture, clamped in between 2 of Gunma Prefecture’s cities. Photography is my hobby, and in my free time, if I am not bumming and rolling around at home, I like to lug my camera out to shoot. My current interests for photography subjects include (mainly) cats, city-scapes and structures. Please feel free to approach me if you need any help during your term here as a JET participant!
Hello, my name is Dale Brown. I am one of two ALT PAs in Tochigi Prefecture. I am an American from the city of Portland, in Oregon. This is my third year and counting as an ALT with the JET program (arriving in the summer of 2013), and first year as a prefecture adviser. Prior to the JET Program, I studied in Akita prefecture at Akita International University for a four-month program. My course of study while at Portland State University was focused around modern East Asian history (specifically Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam). So I have a deep respect and love for Japan, it’s people and culture. Besides my ALT/PA responsibilities I am also a Regional Editor for JapanTravel, a travel website, writing about regional gems in the Kanto and Tohoku regions of Japan and sharing my love for photography. I am also working on a legacy project to aide future ALTs in Tochigi and elsewhere with online resources through my website at http://www.tochigialts.com, a non-JET specific resource, that is still a work in progress.
Hello! I am Brittany Rock—the other ALT PA located in Utsunomiya, Tochigi. I was born in a small city in Upstate Central New York, but moved to Washington, DC in 2007 for college. In 2011, I graduated from American University where I studied International Communication and Italian. In my spare time I volunteered with Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity. After graduating I spent 2 years working at Youth For Understanding USA, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing intercultural understanding and social responsibility through educational exchanges for high school students. I am a firm believer that educational and cultural exchanges like these are very important for public diplomacy and bring us one step closer to world peace. With this in mind I became an ALT on the JET Program in 2013 without any prior knowledge of Japan (and zero Japanese). I am constantly striving to learn more about the world and hope to inspire others to the same. My other passions include dancing, writing, and cooking. In addition to this website, I also contribute content to GoAbroad.com, Japan Travel, and Dale’s website: Tochigi ALTs!