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. Amadara Oguara interviewed by Rhema Baquero (Kobe) Though cosplay, or character play, originated in America, many cosplayers worldwide look to ...
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Artist Spotlight: Creative Writer Emily Riley

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Emily Riley (Hyōgo) interviewed by Jessica Craven (Saitama) For the May issue, I have interviewed former Hyōgo JET Programme alumnus Emily Riley. We have included one of ...
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Kabazaiku

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. The Traditional Sakura Woodworks of a Samurai Village Jessica Craven (Saitama) For all except perhaps those in the very northernmost part of Japan, the sakura have already ...
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May Releases

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Rachel Fagundes (Okayama) MOVIES May 7 - The Gentlemen (2019) - Rogue (2020) - Vanguard (2020) - Mirai e no katachi (2021) May 8 - Akaneiro ni ...
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May Reviews & Recommendations

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Recommended Video Game: Spider-Man: Miles Morales Nathan Post (Saitama) It’s been almost half a year now since the PS5 launched, but there are still relatively few flagship ...
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A Beginners Guide to Home Podcasting

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Jonathan Combey (Tottori) So you’ve moved to Japan, and there is so much happening around you! You want to be creative, maybe even join ...the legions of ...
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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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