The Team – Ali Kijima

Ali has lived on the island Hokkaido, Japan, for 10 years. She initially came there with the JET program and realised she had a knack for interpretation and communication.

She provides us with a most valuable assistance in Japan, by helping us find accommodations & interviewees. She is also our translator on spot and for the postproduction.

She has been able to connect with many people over the last decade, including Ainu descendants who kindly shared their friendship and culture with her. She studies Japanese and Ainu languages, performs in her local drama troop, and travels around Hokkaido enjoying the sights and local specialties.

She lives by the countryside with her husband – who is a farmer -, her baby daughter, and a sweet cat named Cookie!