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..

 

Photo: Rhema Baquero

Finding Community Against the Odds

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Rhema Baquero (Kobe) The train slows to a stop and fresh passengers step through the opening doors. The car is crowded during rush hour and ...
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Bridging the Gap: Making Friends Abroad

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Şenol Hasan (Fukushima) The prospect of moving to a new country and making new friends can be a daunting task— especially when moving to a ...
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Flower Power: Breaking Records in Hita

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Charky Watts (Oita) Many of us have a home away from home in Japan, somewhere that will always hold a special place in our hearts ...
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Car Maintenance in Japan

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Rebecca Ruth (Hyogo) If you are one of those people who are able (or required) to own a car while working in Japan, you’re going ...
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Study materials. Photo: R. Baquero

Road to N4

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Rhema Baquero (Kobe) This past July, I took the Japanese Proficiency Language Test (JLPT), and admittedly, I was unprepared. Brand new to Japanese, I spent ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Xander Peterson (Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki)

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! Hey everyone! I’m Xander Peterson, your friendly neighborhood JET alumnus. I’m originally from sunny Santa Cruz, California, and currently live and work in San Francisco. I’ve been pretty ...
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Eden Law

Alumni Spotlight: Eden Law (Iwaki, Fukushima)

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! Hi - I'm Eden, and I'm from Sydney Australia (though originally born in Malaysia). I'm currently serving as the webmaster of both my local JETAANSW chapter and JETAAI ...
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Ashlie O`Neill

Alumni Spotlight: Ashlie O`Neill (Hyogo)

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! Hi there, I am Ashlie O'Neill, but almost everyone calls me Ash (unless I am in trouble). I am the child of a father in the Royal Australian ...
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Ryan Hata

Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Hata (Tottori, 2014-2017)

Please introduce yourself and where you’re from! Hi everyone! My name is Ryan Hata. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. I’ve also lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tottori. I currently live ...
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Alumni Spotlight: Thuy Nguyen

Please introduce yourself and where you're from! Hi there! My name is Thuy Nguyen and I’m a California-raises Texan. I was born in Irving, Texas but I left there when I was 1. I grew ...
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