Reader, u up? Love is in the air, so curl up with your boo (or your own beautiful self) and enjoy February’s issue of CONNECT, made with love, especially for you. This month we offer one JET-turned-journalist’s journey back to the deep inaka through a rural revitalization program; Culture Editor Tayler waxes poetic about Japan’s notorious New Year’s television program, and Travel presents a Ghibli enthusiast’s dream holiday to the lush island of Yakushima. Happy reading!