Arts, Culture & Fashion

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Scenes from Kansai Rainbow Festa

Kansai Pride 2019 was a beautiful demonstration of love and support by and for the rainbow community. Typhoon Hagibis resulted in Saturday event cancellations, but we still kicked off pride weekend in Kansai-style by devouring ...
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Photo: Bryan Phippen

Capturing Tokyo’s Music Scene

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. A Tokyo JET brings together his love of photography and music Bryan Phippen (Tokyo) Music and photography have always been part of my life. I ...
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Photo: Damien Levi

Unravelling the Threads of Chiharu Shiota

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Damien Levi (Tokyo) Walking into a room that holds one of Chiharu Shiota’s installation pieces is like stepping into another world. Known for her extravagant ...
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Art: Rebecca Guthrie

Creating Art in a Bed Town

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Rebecca Guthrie (Saitama) When I moved to Japan for JET, I had reached a bit of a crossroad in terms of my art. It was ...
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Photo: Megan Luedtke

By the Light of the Full Moon: A Foreigner’s Perspective of a Moon Viewing Party

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Gina Garrett (Okayama) Tsukimi is the tradition of holding “moon viewing parties,” which occur every September throughout Japan. At tsukimi, attendees gather to celebrate and ...
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1,000 Worlds Clash at Tokyo Game Show 2019

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Nathan Post (Gunma) Ahead of me an enormous frost dragon roared behind a man in glittering armor. To my right, two women were fanning themselves ...
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Photo: Ben Mason

A Folkin’ Good Time

My Journey from Japanese Traditional Folk Music to 8-bit Technofolk This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Erica Park (Kyoto) I stumbled upon Japanese traditional folk music the same way a horror ...
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The Takarazuka Revue: The Fantastical World of All-Female Theater

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Laura Steblay (Osaka) Introduction If you’ve ever found yourself riding the Hankyu train line that stretches from Umeda in Osaka to Takarazuka in Hyogo, chances ...
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Photo by Sonali Dutta

Indigo Dyeing at Aizumucho Historical Museum

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Sonali Dutta (Tokushima) Most, if not all of us, have a staple pair of blue jeans in our wardrobe. Did you ever wonder where that ...
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Photo: Alys Grey and Matthew Li

Fall Styles in Kyoto 

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Madeline Yochum (Kyoto) Fall is arguably the most beautiful season in Japan. With autumn foliage, festivals, and crisp weather alike, it’s the perfect occasion to ...
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