CONNECT MAGAZINE is a publication created entirely by the English-speaking community in Japan, and sponsored by National AJET.

Whether you’re currently on the JET Programme, an alumni, or just a wonderful person living in Japan, CONNECT MAGAZINE strives to bring you engaging content about what the ex-pat community is doing, loving, and thinking about every single month.

Meet the Team

CONNECT MAGAZINE  is happy to announce its new team for 2017-2018.

These men and women will be working hard throughout the year to bring you useful, interesting content to help connect you to Japan and the community no matter where you are.

Find their profiles and contact information below!

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What’s New?

February Events Calendar

Baily Jo Josie (Miyazaki) Block 1 69th Sapporo Snow Festival 1 February – 12 February Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture Website Oyasusukyo Shigakko Festival 3 February Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture Website in Japanese only 59th Asahikawa Winter Festival 7 February – 12 February Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture Website  Namahage Sedo Festival 9 February – 11 February …

Cool Japan Wonderland-What’s New at Universal Studios’ Cool Japan 2018 

Sabrina Zirakzadeh (Osaka) It’s that time of year again: the moment that puts the “Japan” in Universal Studios Japan. While USJ’s limited-time event attractions are well-known, in 2015 the theme park decided to launch an event to fill the awkward time between its holiday illuminations and the summer extravaganzas, one with a decidedly regional spin. …

Come On Over to Comic-Con

Chad Grover (Tokyo) The second ever Tokyo Comic-Con took place from December 1st-3rd, 2017, at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center. Japanese fans and expats alike from across the country arrived in droves to celebrate their love of Western comics, science-fiction, and fantasy series. Special guest appearances included the legendary Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics’ …

Haiku Submissions

Walking on the bridge

Water sparkles and fish leap

On my way to work

Stand further apart

When you meet someone and bow

So you don’t butt heads.

— Greg Corbett, Kumamoto Prefecture

Japan’s given me
Much higher expectations
Of vending machines

Practice your Kana!
Thought I’d found some cheap toothpaste.
Turns out it was glue…

— Tom O’Byrne



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