Spotlight: Eryn Geller, Kagawa

Eryn Geller

Before starting her tenure on Shodoshima, Kagawa’s “Olive Island,” in the Seto Inland Sea, Eryn was an English major in New York City. She now publishes her own column in the Urarah Shimbun, a local quarterly art newsletter combining creativity and journalism. Eryn’s column, which she inherited from her predecessor, is called “Eryn Tries Everything!” (“Eryn no Zenbu Yattemiyou”)

For her column, Eryn explores various aspects of island life, writes about them in English, and they’re then published with a Japanese translation. She took up the role because, in her words, “every interaction is an opportunity for internationalization—especially on Shodoshima, where foreigners are few and far between.”