Meet production team member Nicole, our bilingual dynamo and pop culture expert
Name: Nicole Klassmann
Position: Production Associate
Hometown: Cairns, Australia
Hobbies: Running, photography, watching Japanese comedy shows
Favorite foods: Fukui-style sauce katsu
Worst skill: Beer pong
The first team member to arrive each morning (and crank up her favorite Hikaru Utada tunes), Nicole makes life run more smoothly for all of us with her Aussie “can-do” attitude. The question, “What does Nicole do?” is really “What doesn’t she do?” Since she started at FunkyCorp last summer, she’s been learning the business from the ground up, working across teams, updating websites with pinpoint accuracy and wowing us with her near-flawless Japanese.
Growing up in Australia’s favorite tropical holiday resort Cairns, Nicole was addicted to Japanese cartoons, and took up the language in high school. As she learned more, she became more interested in the cultural differences between the two countries, prompting her to move to Fukui Prefecture three years ago to work with the local government. Sometimes she misses the area’s famous hot springs and delicious seafood, but she loves the infinite possibilities of life in Tokyo.
Since she joined the team last July, Nicole has been running rings around us — literally. She’s joined a local running team on sprints through Aoyama and Shibuya on weekends, and even walking to lunch, she leaves us in her dust. She does slow down sometimes, confessing to a big Netflix and movie habit as well. After she starred in our “May the 4th” Instagram post, we discovered another side of Nicole, which includes a collection of Star Wars T-shirts and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, from Terrace House to Game of Thrones. And don’t get her started on The Avengers: she’s a one-woman Wiki!