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Building Community through Agricultural Experience

This article originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Connect Sierra Nelson-Liner (Shizuoka) The sliding door to the flower shop opened one last time. My flower arranging teacher told me to wait for her ...
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Dance Your Way Into a New Community

This article originally featured in the December 2021 issue of Connect. Bachata in Shizuoka City  Lacey Gerdes (Shizuoka) interviewed by Sierra Nelson-Liner (Shizuoka) Everyone wants to find their own community. A place where they can ...
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Self Care Through Skincare

This article originally featured in the December 2021 issue of Connect. Leafy Green Komatsuna is the Newest Addition to Sustainable Beauty Teni Wada (Tokyo) interviewed by Meg Luedtke (Fukui) and Sierra Nelson-Liner (Shizuoka) An entrepreneur, ...
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A Seiji Summary

A Recap of LDP Elections, Newly Elected Prime Minister Kishida, and the Path Forward This article originally featured in the November 2021 issue of Connect. Samantha Stauch (Gunma) This article was finalized in October before the ...
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Bonfires and Boar at Hakusan’s International Festival

This article originally featured in the November 2021 issue of Connect. Mari Kurata (Mie); Interviewed by Sierra Nelson-Liner (Shizuoka) I knew I was home away from home when I arrived in the town of Hakusan. Maple ...
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The Three C’s of Flying: Customs, Confinement, and Cold Bento

This article originally featured in the October 2021 issue of Connect. Lauren Bertolino (Gifu)  So you want to fly to Japan! That's the easy part. Although COVID-era travel restrictions have made the process of entering Japan much ...
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The Life of an Olympic Ambassador

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. DeeDee Trotter interviewed by Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata 2008-2010, Kochi 2018-2020) DeeDee Trotter represented the United States at three Olympics (2004, 2008 and 2012) in track and field, ...
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From the Black Hills to Mt. Fuji

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Billy Mills interviewed by Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata 2008-2010, Kochi 2018-2020) Prior to entering the 1964 Olympics, Billy Mills was rather unheralded, but the native of South Dakota went ...
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African and African Diaspora

This article originally featured in the January 2021 issue of Connect. Heritage Celebration in Kagoshima by Melissa In partnership with the International Friendship Center of Kagoshima (Friendship Center), Stephen Macharia and I hosted the first African and African ...
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Dip Your Toes in the Water: Amami Island

This article originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Connect. Yifen Jen (Kyōto) The big island of Amami in Kagoshima, which America returned to Japanese rule in 1953, is an often overlooked traveler’s paradise. Overshadowed by the ...
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