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The Notebook Project: take part today!

What is the notebook project? The JET programme scatters citizens of over 50 countries across nearly 50 prefectures of a land whose language, culture and systems many are unfamiliar with. It’s hardly surprising that many ...
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10 Years After JET – A Return to the Furusato

Natalie Hamilton (Oita, 2004-2007) It has been 11 years since my official last day as an ALT in Nakatsu City in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, my Japanese furusato — my former second home. The teachers had ...
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Spotlight: Bobby (Q2 Japan)

This article was written by Q2 Japan's Bobby, an ex-ALT from Nagoya who now works as a photographer and videographer in Okayama prefecture. “Hey what’s up everyone, it’s Bobby from Q2 Japan, comin’ at ya ...
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Steps to Bring YOUR Christmas to Japan: Making the holidays more like home

Talisha Vernon (Gunma) This article originally featured in the December 2018 issue of Connect. Christmas time is here. Happiness and cheer. Fun for all the children call. Their favorite time of the year. I always think ...
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Chisako Higashiya and Her Annual JET-Family Thanksgiving

Emily Masuda (Gifu) Hosting thirty-something JETs for Thanksgiving is something that Chisako Higashiya from Seki, Gifu, does with poise, generosity, and remarkable authenticity. All Gifu JETs are annually invited to attend this AJET-organized event -- ...
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CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #76 November 2018

Whether the impending chill is making you want to curl up at home with a book or video game, or whether it’s making you want to go out into nature and seize the day before ...
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Uchinaaguchi: Writing Songs in an Endangered Language

Trevor Slevin (Oita) Umi nu mii warain Nzoo yunugutu sun Kuri nnjun tuchi Chimu, ufuʻiichi This is a poem I wrote sometime during my second year at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, which I ...
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Being Half-Japanese

Alex Furukawa (Oita) Two of my American friends here in Oita prefecture received a grant from the American embassy to put on a cultural event in Beppu. The event was called "Two Worlds: Japanese and ...
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CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #75 October 2018

Fall has finally arrived in Japan, bringing with it a chill in the air as well as the October issue of Connect! Want to enjoy all the autumn cuisine without breaking the bank? We have ...
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CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #74 September 2018

Are you a brand-new ALT looking for some advice for your time in Japan, or are you a seasoned JET veteran looking for something new to catch your eye? Whichever category you fall into, you ...
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