Aliise was born in Latvia and was raised in a bilingual environment. She is a member of the Tendai Buddhist sect and earned her PhD from Tohoku University in 2018 for her study of Jizō statues in modern Buddhist temples. She is now a researcher of modern Japanese Buddhism, and shares her passion of linguistics as a lecturer at Tohoku Gakuin University. Passionate about music, literature, and travel, she prefers to travel on foot or by bicycle. She is the mother of a wonderful child and grateful for the support of her husband, a photographer and devoted bird watcher.