Happy September, Everyone! Congrats and ‘otsukare’ (good job) to us all, as we’ve almost made it through the last soupy dregs of this beautifully humid summer. Fret no more my friends, for the day you can put away your sweat towels and portable fans is soon to come! The weather will start strolling towards cooler temperatures, but first we’ll be enjoying the wonders of occasional heavy winds and torrential rainfall: welcome to typhoon season my dudes!
To keep you all looking forward to the upcoming fall season and festivities, this month we would like to introduce you to horror film fanatic and goth fashionista: Alyse S. Born and raised in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia area), this elegant & punky goth is also well known for her love of amusement parks and eclectic musical tastes. Having lived in Japan for nearly a decade now, in her spare time, Alyse can be found logging useful advice for fellow expats on YouTube, rocking out with the ladies of her punk band, SecondLady, or spinning all the dark industrial tunes you’ve been needing to hear, as a DJ in the local Kansai night scene. Let’s take a minute to catch up with this multi-talented artist shall we?
Black Creatives Japan: Alyse, you’re another BCJ member with many titles and skills. If we were to use a timeline, I believe things started with your YouTube channel, where you shared your various experiences living here in Kansai. What inspired you to start your channel?
Alyse S.: I would say loneliness (cue the sad little violin). Even though I had come to Japan 3 times prior to moving, these trips were all short-term school trips; home-stays in high school and an animation department trip in college. As a result, I’d never really had the chance to make any friends in Japan. Once I moved here, it was just me, Shota (my husband) and his family. But I noticed that online, people were connecting and making blogs and videos about living in Japan. So I started my LiveJournal first, then gave YouTube a try.Continue reading