Wellness & Sports

Do you look forward to the Wellness and Sports sections every month? Here you can find healthy living advice and information on the nation’s sports community.

 

Photo: Sheila Mulherin

My Epic 208-Kilometer Adventure ‘Round Sado Island

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Sheila Mulherin (Hokkaido) For the past year or two, I’ve been looking for the perfect 100 mile ultramarathon race to run. So I settled on ...
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¡Vamos Tokyo Carajo!

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. A year of hope and heartbreak following F.C Tokyo, the J-League and Leeds United Niall Devine (Tokyo) I get very romantic when I talk about ...
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Nara to Hiroshima: A Pedal-Powered Adventure

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Khanh Nguyen (Gunma) Learn by doing. This bit of wisdom led to my many, almost impromptu, stupidly dangerous solo adventures—and I don’t regret them at ...
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Photo: Megan Luedtke

From Lost to Found: Leaving the Inaka and Finding My Sanity

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Lindsay Ellis (Kanagawa) I came to Japan with high hopes. I was determined to weave something extraordinary out of my time in this country. I ...
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Settle Down!

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Anonymous One thing I notice when I talk to newcomers to Japan is that most of us feel a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and a ...
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Kendo: The Ancient Art that Balances Both Mind and Body

This article originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Connect. Daniel Mulcahy (Kyoto) What is Kendo? Kendo, meaning the way of the sword, is a distinctly Japanese martial art: smelly, loud, and full of navel-gazing ...
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Yup, I went to the Penis Festival

Annelise Wilp (Saitama).  This article originally featured in the April 2019 issue of Connect. You read that right: Japan has the Kanamara Festival (commonly known as the Penis Festival) in Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture, every April ...
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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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Monkeying Around in Hell Valley

Carolyne Wilhelm (Niigata Prefecture) This article originally featured in the February 2019 issue of Connect. On a crisp early winter day, we set out towards Jigokudani Monkey Park. The beautiful Jigokudani valley led the way ...
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Kentucky Fried Christmas

Amanda Muller (Kyoto) This article originally featured in the December 2018 issue of Connect. There isn’t a lot that tastes like food back home in Japan. Even in a city like Kyoto, it’s hard to find ...
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