CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #73 Tokyo Orientation 2018

And we’re back!

Armed with articles from your senpais in Japan, Connect is here to help you start off in Japan with all the knowledge that we’ve gained to make it easier as you adjust to your new life.

Or help you find out new things if you’re already in Japan!

We’ve got it all: food, shopping, culture shock, phone contracts, getting to know your area, travelling in and around Japan, the wonderful festivals, how to Japanese, what to do in Shinjuku during those precious hours after your workshops, and (most importantly in my opinion) how to deal with THE HEAT.

You might find it humorous or weird that I’ve highlighted that, but humidity is no joke if you’ve never experienced it before… So stay informed everyone and welcome to Japan!

C – The Art Issue 2018 #72

Thank you so much for all your support this past year!

As the 2017-2018 term comes to a close, we would like to give a special showcase to all of the wonderful and creative minds that live in Japan. All the works featured are from expats currently calling Japan their home, and we would like to give them an opportunity to display their works.

Enjoy our 3rd instalment of C, and look forward to August when we release another Tokyo Orientation with a brand new staff!

Enjoy your summer!

CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #70 April 2018

April’s here; all change!

This is a hectic month for lots of us, with new classes and colleagues to get to grips with.

One thing you can bank on? Connect!

We have a really great issue this month, full of all the latest news, events and entertainment releases. Flick through for our top allergy-busting tips, an exploration of the Iya Valley, and a personal look at fashion and identity in Japan.

Want to get out now the sun’s here? Check out our health and travel sections – this month we hear about a spur of the moment trip to Hida, and a volcanic daikon experience in Kagoshima.


CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #69 March 2018

Time to crawl out of your kotatsu – though maybe not quiiite time to pack it away – because Spring has sprung!

This month’s issue of Connect has all the features you know and love – the latest news, a jam-packed events calendar and our pick of March’s most anticipated releases (and the platforms to stream them on)!

It’s the perfect time of year to take up something new, and if you’re looking for inspiration you won’t want to miss this month’s look at veganism in Japan (plus vegan peanut butter brownies!), a West Tokyo blood donation collective, and our guide to Japanese thrift stores.

Need a dose of culture? Get stuck into the myths of Miyazaki, and top it off with one JET’s unforgettable experience of volunteering at a Thai orphanage.

CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #68 February 2018

It’s unreasonably cold outside, so why not stay put under your kotatsu and get stuck into this month’s issue?

As ever, you’ll find our events calendar, monthly releases and news to keep you right in the know. But wait there’s more! Flu season’s upon us, so we’re bringing you our best tips for prevention and treatment, not to mention an awesome curry recipe to warm up those chilly evenings.

While you tuck in, flip through the Culture section for our interview with one of Japan’s last remaining traditional indigo dyers, and Community to read all about one contributor’s perspective on navigating Japan with minimal Japanese.

From all of us at Connect, we hope your 2018 is getting off to a fantastic start! And hey, if you’re counting down the days till summer? USJ has you covered for the lull with Cool Japan Wonderland 2018!


CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #66 December 2017

🌟🎄🔔🎁Happy Holidays!🎁🔔🎄🌟

Whatever you’re celebrating, here’s our gift to you – the December issue!

Inside this month you’ll find all the latest on news, local events and entertainment releases.

We’re keeping it festive this winter with a glance into New Year Osechi cuisine.

Feeling like all you wanna do is be a blanket caterpillar? Try our 5 minute ceviche recipe! Stomach satisfaction guaranteed, and no need to worry about post-conbini guilt!

Last minute planning a winter adventure? This month our travel section zooms in on the highlights of rural Takayama, and features a hand-picked itinerary for fans of haiku poet Basho.

Keeping it close to home doesn’t have to make for a quiet vacation, though – flick through our sports section to discover how one JET found community and cardio through Taiko drumming, and turn to the community pages for a new perspective – this month: one JET battles her BOE for childcare leave.

Stay warm, stay in the know, and have a wonderful end to 2017!

CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #65 November 2017

It’s that time again – spook season’s been and gone, Bonfire Night’s right around the corner, and we’re bringing you the November issue of Connect!

This month’s all about looking after yourself, something that’s twice as important when you’re this far from home.

We’ve got tips for at-home yoga practice, soothing recipes for those chilly nights, and tons of inspiration for a good dose of self care.

Itching to get out of the apartment? Check out our events calendar and November releases to stay right up to date with everything going on!

Now’s also a great time to take up a new hobby, whether it’s one that gets you moving in challenging ways (see our features on Salsa dance meetups and an international surfing championship), rocking out to the sounds of the Tokyo Garage scene, or finding a style that’s really you.

What’s that? We can’t coax you out from under the kotatsu? Fair enough! While you get cosy, though, don’t forget to chow down on some of Hokkaido’s finest…

CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #64 October 2017

October’s finally here;

the air’s cooler, oden has returned to konbini everywhere (hooray!), and we’ve a new issue of Connect for you to get your teeth into!

Got little ones at home? Our Family Spotlight series continues with a look into children’s dietary difficulties.

Impress colleagues with your political knowledge; our news section asks what will become of Japan’s monarchy as the Heisei era draws to a close.

Plenty of downtime? Our events calendar and October release schedule promise to keep boredom at bay!

Want more? Discover Osaka’s top five tourist hotspots, the original hometown of phenomenal rice paddy art, fan-organised doujinshi fairs, and more!

Read our personal recounts of the Somin Sai festival, a picturesque bike ride through Yabakei Gorge, and join us for a day of Shower Climbing (shampoo not a must!)

Last but not least, make sure to do it all whilst stuffing your face full of our tasty onigirazu recipes, and reading up on the latest in genderless fashion – happy autumn