JETAADC Member of the Month: Andrew Hill

JETAADC Member of the Month: Andrew Hill

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In an effort to better know our members both new and old, we’ll be posting a brief introduction to one lucky JETAADC member each month. If you’d like to be featured as our Member of the Month, please contact Kat Kovacs at newsletter@jetaadc.org. In our first post, we meet one of our newest members, Andrew Hill. Welcome!

Andrew HillFull Name: Andrew Hill

 JET Placement: Ama-cho, Oki-gun, Shimane-ken (an island so remote it was once used as a place of exile)

Where I’m from: Flat Rock, NC

What brought me to DC: Post grad school employment. I now work for the DC bureau of the Yomiuri Shimbun.

The strangest food I’ve ever eaten: Awabi liver maybe?

What I miss most from Japan: Living on an island and going to the beach after work everyday.

The lesson I learned while on JET: Even in some of the most isolated places in the world, you can find interesting things to do and meet pretty cool people. You just have to put in a little effort and throw your cares out the window.

Where you’d find me on the perfect weekend: Camping by a mountain lake with friends, beer, and a nice fire.

Andrew makes exile look pretty good…
Horses graze atop the seaside cliffs of the Kuniga Coastline on Nishinoshima, in the Oki Islands.
Horses graze atop the seaside cliffs of the Kuniga Coastline on Nishinoshima, in the Oki Islands.
Ceremonial runners guide a galloping horse through the gates of a shrine during the Go-Ryoue festival on Dogo, in the Oki Islands.
Ceremonial runners guide a galloping horse through the gates of a shrine during the Go-Ryoue festival on Dogo, in the Oki Islands.
And, finally, two truths and a lie:
  1. While on JET, I coached a national champion wrestler.
  2. While on JET, I actually managed to secure a lucky stick at the Naked Man Festival in Okayama-ken.
  3. While on JET, I was asked to demonstrate how to shotgun a beer in front of 50 elementary school children.

Which one do you think is the lie? Weigh in in the comments!

3 Responses

  1. I’m going to guess that #3 is the lie. I remember classrooms being limited to 40 students; anything over that and they had to create a new kumi.

  2. Definitely #2. Never heard of anyone being able to actually pull that off!

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