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,…

Odie and Fox

by Nick Renaud NAMA SREE PUB– DUSK ODIE, 25 with a heartbreaker face and shoulders like SPLOOSH, stumbles gracefully into the dingy, smoke-clouded pub; sultry Ilocano lips pouted in the perfect hacking cough that hacks hackily (not to be confused with the writer, who is hack of a different breed). FOX Hey, Odin— ODIE Odie.…

The Yaki-Imo Man

by Thomas Becskehazy Little Hiroshi leapt through the front door and out into the street. His tattered flip-flops slapped against the pavement as he sprinted beneath the street lamps, just turning on in the deepening dusk. He held fifty yen in his grubby hands. Ten dull bronze coins were enough for two grilled potatoes, and…

Do You Know Gyarandu?

by Salamander Sensei “Do you know gyarandu?” asked one of my students snickering as he handed back the materials from the game we had just finished. Around him the other kids laughed too. Despite teaching junior high school, my students haven’t really ventured into trying to ask me about swear words or sex words very…