The weather is warmer but our desks are even warmer! This month’s issue of CONNECT is guaranteed to burn some deskwarming time during COVID-19. Some highlights of the issue are dependents of Japan sharing their stories, an insight into the drag world of Tokyo, an ex-ALTS experience of becoming an illustrator, a look at everyday disability life and rights, and an article which will make you appreciate the jingles played before the train departs. Submissions are still open for the June art issue. We are accepting creative writing, photography and visual art. If you are a keen artist the deadline for submissions is April 30th. You can submit your works here ( We’d love to exhibit the talents of the international residents here in Japan.