President – Howdy! My name is Pat Owens and I’m originally from the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, USA, you can find me currently situated in the lovely Hachinohe City. Before heading this way, I went to college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (Seattle’s smellier neighbor), where I got a degree in some ridiculously-titled major called “Foreign Languages and International Relations.” Immediately after that I also spent two years in Seoul, South Korea, doing…pretty much the same job as I’m doing here!
I spend most of my time in Hachinohe split between the following things: going out on the town with Sanpachi-Kitakami kids, watching TV, snowboarding, playing ice hockey (badly), surfing (worsely), co-hosting Hachinohe’s foreigner-run radio show, writing articles for Good Morning Aomori and playing video games. While writing this bio, I’m trying to avoid saying anything witty, as I don’t want to build any expectations!
If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask myself or one of the infinitely more interesting AJET council members who you can find below!
Vice President – Hi Aomori friends! I’m stoked to be your AJET Vice-president this year. I’ve always loved getting involved with the community and running events to bring everyone together to have fun. I organised events for international students back in NZ and also worked as a tour guide for a while before moving here in 2011. I’m pretty big into snowboarding, video games, ’80s movies, travelling, longboarding and most importantly, good food. I currently live in Aomori city with my fiance Chiaki.
Treasurer – Hey there! I came here from the sunny valley of California where my most applicable degree was in Japanese Language and Literature…..which has proven fairly useless. If you like (or even know) Edogawa Rampo though, come find me for some overenthusiastic discussions.
I grew up in the desert and Aomori came as a sort of rough surprise so in winter you’ll likely see me wearing everything I own. Fortunately, snowboarding has won me over so you can usually find me out there, at our various events, doing some mounted archery, or playing any game I can get in on. I’m excited to meet you all and have some great times.
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Hello y’all! I moved here from sunny California but am originally from Texas. Before coming to Aomori, I studied Theatre Performance at Chapman University. While I miss the laid back, warm atmosphere of California along with all the delicious sandwiches, cheeses, and beer, I have come to really enjoy all that Aomori has to offer (picking up snowboarding during winter really helped!) My hobbies other than snowboarding include: cooking, traveling, and yoga. I also love, love, loooveee listening to audiobooks (currently on Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card).
Hello everyone! My name is Mitchell Urbanowicz, and I am originally from Upstate New York. Before leaving for Aomori, I was studying biochemistry along with Japanese, so I am no stranger to the language. I grew up in Europe as a child, so in a sense, languages are my forte. I have also had some experience in college doing some translation work from Japanese to English for books on Japanese linguistics. While I will not promise anything great, I will do my best to communicate our message into moonrunes. Besides languages, my hobbies include photography and gaming, so you might see me in very unusual places around the country or traveling out of season when I am not at arcades or in my room beating up some bad guys. I hope to help everyone in the best way I can this year!