Events and Entertainment

Need to stay up to date with the happenings of Japan? Stay abreast with the current events and experience all the fun entertainment Japan has to offer.


Photo: Laura Kirby

Experiencing Tokyo Comic-Con 

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Laura Kirby (Tokyo) Whether or not you’re into anime, an avid manga reader, or addicted to consoles, you’ve probably heard of Comic-Con. It’s an annual ...
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Two warriors facing off with swords at the Nebuta Festival. Photo: Edward Portillo

Six Festivals in Six Days: The Tohoku Tour

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Edward Portillo (Gunma) When I came to Japan in 2017, I set out to see every one of its 47 prefectures. As part of that ...
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Events Calendar: November 2019

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Block 1 Sapporo White Illumination November 22 Onwards Sapporo City, Hokkaido Prefecture Website in English and Japanese: Fujiwara Festival November 1 - November 3 ...
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SpaWorld in Osaka

A European Retreat in Osaka — Spa World

Image via and © Gaijinpot. Rebecca Ruth (Hyogo) This article originally featured in the April 2019 issue of Connect. There's a magical place in Osaka, a fantasy world of whimsy and wonder. I'm totally serious: Spa ...
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Tokyo Passes Bill to Ban LGBT Discrimination

Tresha Barrett (Kyoto) This article originally featured in the November 2018 issue of Connect. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed a bill prohibiting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people, as well as those ...
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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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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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Donations and Volunteering for West Japan Floods

Callum Hull (Hiroshima) As many of you may know, on the 6th and 7th of July 2018, West Japan was hit with record rainfall as—three times the expected rainfall for July. The Chugoku region of ...
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Sapporo or Bust: Fun and Ice up North

Bailey Jo Josie (Miyazaki) Even after more than a half century, the Sapporo Snow Festival is still going strong, and this year will be no exception.   As millions (yes, millions) of people flock to ...
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