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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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Hail, Hail! The Gang’s All Here!

Meet the behind-the-scenes team of all things CONNECT! This article originally appeared in the January 2023 issue of CONNECT. Ian Layugan (Gunma) Editor’s Note: At CONNECT, every contributor is asked to use the English spelling 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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Veni, Vidi, Vlog!

This article originally appeared in the November 2022 issue of CONNECT. I came, I saw, and I vlogged!  Part of an ongoing vlogger interview series. By Ian Layugan (Gunma) Interviewees Donalyn Paulo Espe (Fukushima) and ...
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Cycle, Sun, Community, and Sky

This article originally appeared in the November 2022 issue of CONNECT. An E-Bike Tour through Western Shikoku James Steinbrueck (Ehime) There exists a saying in Japanese, ichi-go, ichi-e, which translates to one time, one meeting ...
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A GUIDE TO THE HISTORY OF SUMO

This article originally appeared in the November 2022 issue of CONNECT. Sophia Maas (Saga) How much do you know about Japan’s national sport? I’m sure you’re familiar with the evocative images of large men in ...
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Marking Stories, Sharing Memories

This article was originally featured in the October 2022 issue of CONNECT. The ins and outs of being a Kobe City ambassador Joselito Bayya Bisenio (Hyogo) BE KOBE! The statement is a nod to the ...
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American Football in Japan

This article was originally featured in the October 2022 issue of CONNECT. Andy Hanson (Nara) Many sports make their way across international borders from where they first started. The British Empire spread cricket around the ...
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More Than Hitting The Target

This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of CONNECT. Matthew Smith "Kyudo is more than just hitting the target" is likely the first thing you will hear when going to your first kyudo lesson ...
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Building Community through Agricultural Experience

This article originally featured in the January 2022 issue of Connect Sierra Nelson-Liner (Shizuoka) The sliding door to the flower shop opened one last time. My flower arranging teacher told me to wait for her ...
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