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Do You Know Noh?

This article originally featured in the November 2021 issue of Connect.   The story behind this unique form of theater and how a tiny island far from Tokyo became Japan’s preeminent center for Noh. Kimberly Fitzgerald (Niigata)   “I think my nose is too big,”

November Releases

This article originally featured in the November 2021 issue of Connect. Fergus Gregg (Kobe) Movies November 3 What Did You Eat Yesterday? (2021) Riverside Mukkolita (2021) November 5 Eternals (2021) Respect (2021) Antebellum (2020) Pinocchio (2019) November 12 Malignant (2021) Chaos Walking (2021) The Ice Road

Yurei-zu

A History of the Horror Aesthetic in Japan This article originally featured in the October 2021 issue of Connect. Jessica Craven (Saitama)  Most people from abroad probably got their first taste of Japanese horror from the smash-hit horror movie The Ring, or the spine-chilling manga of Junji

Documenting the Essential Workers of COVID-Era Japan

This article originally featured in the October 2021 issue of Connect.   Cameron Peagler (Yamaguchi) interviewed by Jessica Craven (Saitama)   The working class has been a subject of portrait and street photographers since the first camera was invented. In the U.S., Lewis Hine captured the heart of the

Cosplay During COVID

THE CHALLENGES OF COSPLAYING DURING THE PANDEMIC This article originally featured on page 52 in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Amadara Oguara interviewed by Rhema Baquero (Kobe) Though cosplay, or character play, originated in America, many cosplayers worldwide look to Japan for inspiration when it comes to anime characters. Cosplay

Artist Spotlight: Creative Writer Emily Riley

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Emily Riley (Hyōgo) interviewed by Jessica Craven (Saitama) For the May issue, I have interviewed former Hyōgo JET Programme alumnus Emily Riley. We have included one of her short stories based on her time in Japan for

Kabazaiku

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. The Traditional Sakura Woodworks of a Samurai Village Jessica Craven (Saitama) For all except perhaps those in the very northernmost part of Japan, the sakura have already bloomed, withered, and rained down upon us, marking the end

May Releases

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Rachel Fagundes (Okayama)   MOVIES May 7 – The Gentlemen (2019) – Rogue (2020) – Vanguard (2020) – Mirai e no katachi (2021) May 8 – Akaneiro ni yakareru (2021) – Gekijouban Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki

May Reviews & Recommendations

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Recommended Video Game: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Nathan Post (Saitama) It’s been almost half a year now since the PS5 launched, but there are still relatively few flagship titles for the system. But of the ones that are