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Reviews and Recommendations (Lovecraft Country)

This article is a web original Marco Cian [Note, this article was written before the charges of domestic abuse were levied at lead actor Jonathan Majors. It is in no way intended as an endorsement ...
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What’s New with the King of Kawaii?

An Interview with Brand 6%DOKIDOKI This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue of CONNECT. Holly Walder (Gunma) Opened in 1995 by Sebastian Masuda, 6%DOKIDOKI stands at the forefront of kawaii fashion. The brand is ...
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Finding Fashion in Japan

Addressing challenges of clothes shopping in Japan This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue of CONNECT. Holly Walder (Gunma) Key Findings 78.3% say they experience sizing issues in Japan because the clothes are ...
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Scene Report

Digging deep and finding your way into your local underground music community This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue of CONNECT. Ryon Morrin (Hokkaido) From the very first time I stepped foot into ...
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“I’ll become King of the Pirates!”: Netflix’s One Piece Live Action shines gold among anime adaptations

Calling all Grand Line Pirateers! This article is a web original. Chloe Holm (Tokyo) Be Warned: Spoilers lie ahead! The One Piece live action on Netflix made quite the end of summer splash, with viewership ratings ...
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Reflections on Japan’s Welcoming Winter Wonderlands

This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue of CONNECT. Thomas Coleman (Hyogo) As the cold days set in, I have always tried to make the most of my freetime and nenkyu when going into ...
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Dragon Quest Nara: Adventures of the Dragon King

This article was originally published in the December 2023 issue of CONNECT. Rachel Adams (Nara) The clouds in Uda City, Nara Prefecture often resemble the scene Sei Shoganon described in the famous opening line of ...
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Fall Fits

Fashion and Beauty in Autumn This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Holly Walder (Gunma) The word autumn may conjure thoughts of cosy blankets, warm drinks, and woolly hats, but this is ...
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Interview With Model Kayla Beyer

Getting Into Modelling in Japan This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Kayla Beyer (Tokyo), Holly Walder (Gunma) Thank you for joining us, Kayla. Tell us about yourself. Hi, I’m Kayla ...
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Konnichi-wow: Experiences Navigating Initial Culture Shock

This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Paperwork fatigue Thomas Coleman (Hyogo) If you have ever been in earshot of any foreigners who have lived in Japan, you’ve probably heard references ...
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