Community, Travel & Language

Love getting involved? Love exploring Japan? Want to know how others are living in Japan? Interested in learning the language? In Community, Travel and Language, this section is here to give you an insight on how to be apart of the community and show the travel destinations you love to explore..

 

Alivia Hancock (Iwate) Lavenders and sunflowers in Furano, Hokkaido.

Flowers Ahead!

This article originally featured in the March 2020 issue of Connect. Disclaimer: Due to the biasedness of CONNECT’s travel editor, this final section of the March issue will be extremely flowery. Health Advisory The beauty of various ...
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Blooming Bliss

This article originally featured in the March 2020 issue of Connect. Japan’s exquisite flowers Hoong Shao Ting (Nagano) Weather around the world has been weird—think the terrible Typhoon Hagibis and fires in Australia—and Japan has seen ...
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Photo: Anna Reyes

Sakura in Secret Places

Anna Reyes (Nagano) For as long as I can remember, cherry blossoms, or sakura, have always held a special place in my heart. I vividly remember back when I was a child, my uncle telling ...
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Photo: Arnaud Jaegers on Unsplash.com

Far From Home And Politically-Engaged

This article originally featured in the March 2020 issue of Connect. Eric Gondree (Nagoya) and John Baumlin (Tokyo) Regardless of where you’re from, it can be easy to forget about what’s going on back in your ...
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Photos: Logan Phillips

Kankan

Logan Phillips (Nagano) I grew up in a small country-side town in Western New York where the cows outnumbered the people and I was almost always outside. My backyard was a forest and so were ...
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Memories of Flowery Days

This article originally featured in the March 2020 issue of Connect. Ailsa van Eeghen (Kagoshima) Wake Shrine Wisteria Festival (和気神社藤祭り) Up in the mountains of Kirishima is the beautiful Wake Shrine (和気神社). Overlooked for most of the ...
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Carlo Marasigan, present head of JETAA-Philippines

Alumni Spotlight: Carlo Marasigan (Obama, Fukui)

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! My name is Carlo Marasigan. I am a high school English teacher in Davao City, Philippines and the present head of JETAA-Philippines. I am a fan of music, ...
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JETAA Alumni Spotlight – Jonathan Kushner

Alumni Spotlight: Jonathan Kushner (Tokyo)

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! Hi everyone, my name is Jonathan Kushner and I live in Tokyo with my wife Miyuki and two high school daughters. Originally from the U.S., I grew up ...
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A Fun Time to do Absolutely Nothing

This article originally featured in the January 2020 issue of Connect. Sports Editor: Rashaad Jorden (Kochi) The end of the year is frequently a time for reflection, but it is also a chance to look ahead ...
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Dreaming of a White Christmas

This article originally featured in the December 2019 issue of Connect. Christmas in Nojiri Siobhan Fahy (Wakayama) Sad, sitting in a cinema watching Star Wars and eating undercooked kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers). Those were the ingredients for ...
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