Arts, Culture & Fashion

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COSPLAY DURING COVID

THE CHALLENGES OF COSPLAYING DURING THE PANDEMIC This article originally featured on page 52 in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Though cosplay, or character play, originated in America, many cosplayers worldwide look to Japan for inspiration when ...
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Inimitably Eiko: A Look Back At the Costume Design of Ishioka Eiko

A Look Back At The Costume Designs of Ishioka Eiko This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Rhiannon Haseltine (Hyōgo) There are two common themes to the work of Ishioka Eiko: “big” and ...
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Artist Spotlight: Shikhambri Avasthi

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. Shikhambri Avasthi (Ōsaka) interviewed by Jessica Craven (Saitama) This month’s featured artist has allowed her passion to carry her life down a bit more of an unconventional ...
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Oni In! Luck in!

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Clarissa Combe (Aomori) Even if you have only very limited knowledge of Japanese folklore and legend, you have likely come across oni: ogre-like creatures that are ...
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Expressing the Inexpressible

10 Years of Cultural Responses to the 3.11 Disaster This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Alice French (Yamagata) In the passage to the left, Fukushima-born author Furukawa Hideo attempts to put into words ...
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April Review & Recommendations

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. Recommended Video Game: Control Ultimate Edition Nathan Post (Saitama) One of the best action games of 2019 is back in the news again, thanks to Control Ultimate ...
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The Musical Fusion of Los Yoyoguiris

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. Note: This interview was conducted on February 21st, 2021. It has been edited for length and clarity. Alex Elliott (Tōkyō) and Adam Smith (Tōkyō) interviewed by Lisa Paper ...
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Corsets: By Women, For Women

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Emily Rich (Yamagata 2017-2020) “I can’t breathe!” Elizabeth Swann gasps in Pirates of the Carribean, before fainting into the sea. “I was able to squeeze my ...
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Shop Local with PRMAL

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Go Fukushima (Tōkyō) In this month’s spotlight on the many talented designers and makers in Japan’s fashion and beauty industries, we caught up with Go Fukushima, ...
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April Releases

This article originally featured in the April 2021 issue of Connect. by Rachel Fagundes MOVIES April 1 - Monkey King: A Hero's Journey to the West (2021) April 2 - The Swordsman (2020) - Herself (2020) - Gekijôban: ...
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