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Life as a Muslim in Japan

Aisha Bibi (Hiroshima) “Muslims are spied on in Japan”—this was the statement that I had read online when I searched about Muslims in Japan. I wasn’t sure if it was true or not but it ...
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Yeah But Have You Heard Of… Kendo?

Jack Richardson (Yamagata) OK, so you probably have heard of it. Or, at least, you've probably heard of it. Kendo is not renowned as the quietest or calmest of pursuits. But deep down below all that screaming ...
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Cool Japan Wonderland-What’s New at Universal Studios’ Cool Japan 2018 

Sabrina Zirakzadeh (Osaka) It’s that time of year again: the moment that puts the “Japan” in Universal Studios Japan. While USJ’s limited-time event attractions are well-known, in 2015 the theme park decided to launch an ...
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Come On Over to Comic-Con

Chad Grover (Tokyo) The second ever Tokyo Comic-Con took place from December 1st-3rd, 2017, at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center. Japanese fans and expats alike from across the country arrived in droves to celebrate their ...
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Back and There Again

Jack Richardson (Yamagata) Christmas and New Year have come and gone, while many JETs have done the opposite. Here, five such people share their experience of returning to Japan after a well-deserved break back home, ...
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Indigo Dyeing Studio Kosoen: Japanese Textiles Just Outside of Tokyo

Jessica Craven (Saitama) Some of Japan’s oldest surviving textiles, dating from the 8th century in the Nara period, are contained at Tokyo National Museum’s Gallery of Horyuji Treasures. The collection primarily contains ban, or Buddhist ...
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February Releases

Sabrina Zirakzadeh (Osaka) In need of entertainment? Each month, CONNECT brings you the latest information on upcoming releases and events in Japan. Here is the most anticipated entertainment for February! Movies 1 Feb. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, ...
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Volunteering on an Oyster Farm by the Sea of Japan

Amberly Young, ALT in Fukui Prefecture Driving down meandering roads along the Sea of Japan, I felt a mixture of fear, homesickness, and excitement. I was heading for a week-long homestay on an oyster farm ...
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Spotlight: Jasmine Umeno

When Jasmine Umeno is not busy with her duties as an ALT for elementary and middle schools in Beppu, Oita, she engages with her local community through traditional Japanese dance. Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Jasmine has ...
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Spotlight: Sandy Cheng, Kobe/Osaka

Born in Taiwan, Sandy grew up in Brisbane, Australia. She always had a great interest in Japan and began the JET Programme in 2011. Sandy was an AJET Block 6 Representative and has just finished ...
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