Collection of Poems

 by Aaron Crawford “Untitled 2” I remembered suddenly Yesterday, amidst the flood of conversations And laughs And beers And platters of food That feeling of unlimited possibility Scanning the faces And some asses in the crowd. It reminded me of being a little younger Surrounded by young people And that Somewhere in the midst Someone…

Old Blind Man

by Alix Bruce Sometimes when I wander around my town, I see an old blind man. I’m never really sure where he’s going. He’s usually waiting at a bus stop, or crossing the street after disembarking. He’s always in the same fisherman’s hat, he’s always in glasses, and he moves very slowly, half groping. His…

Just Another Day at the Kencho

by Jose Lamazares Part of my job involves tending to foreign visitors who come to the Kencho with questions, and interpreting for them. On one Thursday afternoon, I was called down to General Information by a coworker from the media division because there was a foreign gentleman with a press pass downstairs and they could…

JET and the Japanese Cultural Renaissance

by Lucas LaPlante In the entire world, the JET Programme is unique. As you may know, it’s the largest exchange teaching programme in the world, but it goes deeper than that. While the programme originated as one predominantly aimed at enhancing English language ability, it has, over the years, come to incorporate many other dimensions.…

In Zanus Exclusive

by Declan McCann, Michael King, & Nic Roggeveen The Ryukyu Star is proud to present the highly anticipated debut single from In Zanus! Written, performed, and produced right here on Okinawa, “JET’s Lament” has been described as the new JET anthem. Drawing musical inspiration from such greats as Billy Ray Cyrus, Chumbawamba, and the Divinyls,…