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Early Bird Gets the Worst

Catching Suspected COVID-19 during Japan’s First Wave This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by “Robin” interviewed by Clare Braganza, CONNECT’s Wellness Editor [The names of some subjects in this piece have been changed for privacy reasons.]   Most of us have lived with

New Orleans Style Cooking: Cajun chicken and Rice

This article originally featured in the February 2021 issue of Connect.   Jessica Craven (Saitama) Louisiana Creole cuisine (or Cajun, for short) is one of the greatest masterpieces that emerged from the blend of the various cultures in the port city of New Orleans. The style of cooking

Fresh Fuel for the Body

A Journey into Raw Veganism This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Sheila Mulherin (Hokkaido) My journey with raw veganism started in 2009, when I returned to the USA from Germany, and my brother had started a raw vegan cleanse. Vegetarian at that time,

Five Perks of the Inaka During COVID-19

While rarely someone’s first living choice for people coming over to Japan, the inaka (or countryside) often becomes our second home. We learn to love it and to really appreciate the uniqueness of the place that we’ve found ourselves in. I’ve done a lot of

Store Cupboard Cooking

This article originally featured in the May 2020 issue of Connect. Using What’s in Your Cupboard to Make Tasty Meals Hazel Reilly (Tottori) All over the world, people are making do with less. As the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise in Japan, this is an opportunity

Your Winter Body

This article originally featured in the December 2019 issue of Connect. It’s your fall body, but you have the flu now! Article Overview How to call out of work. How to get through the hospital and pharmacy How to recover at home in Japanese style.

Photo: Sheila Mulherin

My Epic 208-Kilometer Adventure ‘Round Sado Island

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Sheila Mulherin (Hokkaido) For the past year or two, I’ve been looking for the perfect 100 mile ultramarathon race to run. So I settled on Sado Island’s 208 km race, mostly because of the incredibly

Settle Down!

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Anonymous One thing I notice when I talk to newcomers to Japan is that most of us feel a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and a curious combination of anticipation and apprehension—all the feelings that collide

The Notebook Project: take part today!

What is the notebook project? The JET programme scatters citizens of over 50 countries across nearly 50 prefectures of a land whose language, culture and systems many are unfamiliar with. It’s hardly surprising that many of us, as well as riding the highs of our