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Football through different lenses

Football Is Life This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of CONNECT. Thabiso Molapisi (Kumamoto) It’s the sound of the vuvuzelas, the hooting of cars, the loud music, the excitement that hits the ...
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First Makishi Public Market: Okinawa’s Secret Treasure Trove

This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of CONNECT. Martina Comorkova (Okinawa) “That place is a tourist trap!” is a phrase you might have heard once, or, potentially, once too much. The phrase ...
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Reviews and Recommendations

Pure Invention: A Must-Read Title for Understanding Japanese Popular Culture This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of CONNECT. Veronica Nielsen (Hiroshima) What was the first anime you watched or video game you ...
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The sun doesn’t set like this back home

This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of CONNECT. James Hunter (Tokushima) The sun doesn’t set like this back home. It’s technically the same one, but the one back in Gatlinburg, Tennessee never ...
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Japanese New Year’s Soup

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Welcome the new year with a cozy bowl of Ozoni Monica Hand (Ehime) In Japan, the New Year's dishes are an important part of ...
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Climbing the Shark’s Tooth

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Randy Poehlman (Osaka) There are some iconic hikes in Japan. Nagano Prefecture is extremely well known to both domestic and international tourists for the ...
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Reviews and Recommendations: Bullet Train

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Chloe Holm (Ehime) Before even leaving the platform, Bullet Train dazzles with sleek, high-speed chases aboard futuristic Japan railways and delivers a memorable end-of-summer flick ...
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Tanuki Chasing

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Ashley Noelck (Tokushima) Nearly everywhere you look in Japan, there are cute characters gazing back. From banks and national ID cards to household goods ...
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Anime to Watch for the Holidays

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Knox Yoder (Saga) Ah, the holidays. It’s a special time of year for many across the world.  In the West, the holidays represent family ...
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Unique, Unusual, and Underrated Castles

This article originally appeared in the December 2022 issue of CONNECT. Sophie McCarthy (Hyogo) One of the most iconic parts of Japanese culture is the architecturally intricate castles that dot the island country. However, some ...
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