Arts, Culture & Fashion

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Stars: A Glimpse Into the Works that Banged in Post-War Japan

This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Kayla Francis (Tokyo) What exactly is it about art that creates world-wide recognition? What makes it so uniquely interesting that despite having different origins it can flourish ...
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Auspicious Symbols and Unexpected Wonders of the City

Interview with Tokyo Illustrator, Erica Ward This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Jessica Craven (Saitama) Erica Ward is one of the most active foreign artists I have seen in the Tokyo metro. I ...
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Keeping COVID Out

A spotlight on Japan’s culture of cleanliness in the COVID-19 era This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Alice French (Yamagata) We all remember our first time. The red-faced apologies. The awkward, shuffling retreat ...
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More Than Just a Face in the Crowd

THE WORLD OF JAPANESE IDOLS THROUGH THE EYES OF A FOREIGN FAN This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Vikki Evans (Yamagata) Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, ...
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Earth Celebration: The Heartbeat in the Sea of Japan

This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. By Mary Fisher (Niigata) Sitting under the open night sky, the harbor breeze cooling the Ogi port, I stared at the enormous drums onstage. The crowd was ...
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Remembering Kansai Yamamoto

This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. By Shannon Stocker The fashion world continues to mourn the death of renowned fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. Born in 1944 in Yokohama, Yamamoto died aged 76 of acute ...
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Beat the Heat

This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. Kevin Feeley (Gunma 2019-20) Seasons, like most things, are a matter of preference. Many people look forward to summer as a vacation, as freedom from the cold, ...
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September Releases

This article originally featured in the September 2020 issue of Connect. MOVIES September 4 - Mid90s (2018) - The Fanatic (2019) - Minding the Gap (2018) - Pavarotti (2019) - Forbidden Dream (2019) - The Brightest Roof in ...
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A traditional butsudan, a Buddhist altar, in a JTE’s home in Matsumoto

Take me Home, to Obon

Se-Gil Feldsott and Beccie Smith (Nagano) Origin and History Japanese people have been celebrating Obon for more than 500 years. The origin of this Buddhist festival comes from the story of Maha Maudgalyayana (aka Mokuren), ...
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HillBilly Cat Toshi

David Atti (Chiba) An old motorcycle rests outside the countryside barbershop in Futtsu City, Chiba. The sign spells out “SANPATSU-YA HILLBILLY CAT” in circus font with a cartoon cat holding a pair of scissors below ...
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