We want your stories for our new misadventure series!

This article originally appeared in the February 2023 issue of CONNECT.

Marco Cian (Hyogo) 


Heya folks. Being a stranger in a strange land can oftentimes lead to some interesting stories. So, what are yours? Been accosted on the street by obaa-chan? Got into a fist fight with Mormon missionaries? Engendered the ire of a racist cat? Well, tell us about it, and we’ll tell the world! No story is too crazy or weird. In fact, the weirder the better! Just so long as it relates to your time here in Japan or on the JET Programme.

To be clear, the goal of these stories should not be to mock or disparage Japan or Japanese culture. We at CONNECT are well aware of the insulting, borderline racist way that Western media often portrays Japan and we have no intention of contributing to it. But we know all our readers have at least some story of culture shock or zany hijinks that will make everyone chuckle and we want you to share them with us. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you are the butt of the joke, instead of Japanese people or culture, then it’s probably a good fit for us. And even if you’re not sure, send a story our way and we’ll see if it works. We can’t wait to read and laugh at everyone’s tales.

— Marco Cian, Web Editor


Submit your stories here!

For any questions, please email Marco at connect.ajet.webeditor1@gmail.com

Note: Stories containing harmful or disrespectful language will not be accepted. Please take caution and use discretion in the use of names of other people in your story. Thank you!