Hey there Hyogoites! My name is Miriam, and I was an ALT in Shiso City from 2008 to 2011. I want to introduce you to a new project by a group of Hyogo JET alumni!

shisopretty, launched last month, is the brainchild of a group of former ALTs who met while working together in the middle of nowhere, Hyogo. Driven by a love of fashion, and a fervent desire to stay in touch after we all left JET and went our separate ways, we created shisopretty, a daily fashion and lifestyle blog.

We have a registered beautician to give tips on hair and makeup; an expert in vintage bargain hunting and flea market couture; a shopaholic fashionista bringing you all the hottest tips on insider deals; musings on accessories, DIY and designer looks; how to throw together an awesome outfit in 5 minutes (and on a budget!); commentary on Japanese fashion (a la me, now living in Kyoto); even some of our favorite recipes, and much more!

Check it out at http://www.shisopretty.com/ !

The story of shisopretty

Like most new JETs, when I got my placement in the summer of 2008, I reached for my computer to google my new town, and found… nothing. As far as Wikipedia was concerned, my town did not exist. I left for Japan fully expecting to pass a quiet, isolated year cut off from civilization, and especially other foreigners.

To my surprise, far from being lonely and isolated, I found a fabulous group of friends who became my family, my English enclave when I needed a break from living in Japan. I’m sure every rural JET can relate. I’m sure even city JETs can relate.  The bonds you form with other JETs are like the bonds between survivors of a shipwreck. You become compatriots, afloat on a life raft amid a sea of rice paddies.

In that spirit, we launched the shisopretty blog, not only as a fun way to discuss fashion trends and lifestyle tips, but also as a testament of sorts to the amazing friendships we built while on JET.

Please take a minute to check out our blog! Even if it’s not exactly your cup of tea, if you know someone who might be interested, pass the word along!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Hit us up at shisopretty@gmail.com!