November’s bringing the cold, and with it can come a helping of winter blues, a spoonful of homesickness, and a dash of culture shock.

Good thing this month’s issue is packed with fun, food, and fight!

What’s November without a belly full of food? Get the jump on the holidays with Thanksgiving recipes, plus a Connect staff member reveals her nationally recognized recipe!

Save your game with an insider’s look at this year’s Tokyo Game Show featuring an exclusive interview with a former JET developing games now, accompanied by our video game Staff Picks.

Stay active with a peek into the world of Yosakoi dancing and a trek through Yakushima.

All this, plus strategies at fighting off that culture shock that could be setting in for you soon. Games, garnishes, and globetrotting—what are you waiting for?

Dig in! Or should we say, “Itadakimasu!”