Happy New Year, dear readers! This month, we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming with our editors’ hot takes on 2019—the good, the bad, and the sugoi. Our staff’s holiday adventures span as far as the Philippines, Hokkaido, Okinawa, and Vietnam, and as close as our own kotatsu. Arts Editor Valerie and Fashion and Beauty Editor Devoni meditate on the year month by month, while Travel Editor Shao Ting walks us through her stunning autumn excursions. A hearty ganbatte to all our CONNECT readers starting the decade in Japan!