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IJUIN: Small Town, Big Hearts

This article was originally featured in the December 2023 issue of Connect. Vianna Chow (Kagoshima). About 20km to the west of Kagoshima City is Ijuin, a town home to 25,000 people—well, now 25,000, plus one ...
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What a simple yes has done

This article was originally featured in the December 2023 issue of Connect. Shanel Taylor (Kagoshima) As I was walking out of my one-on-one Sakura Japanese lesson at the Kagoshima Friendship Center one evening in September ...
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Run with the Umineko – Race Day

This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Etienne van Rooyen (Aomori) The Morning of the Race:  I woke to an early start. I didn’t know whether to get up or to ...
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Tokyo Orientation: Back to Business

A Word From the Panelists at Tokyo Orientation 2023 Nabeela Basa (Kagoshima) Tiffany Smith (Nara) Billster Mangaoil (Kagoshima) The August 2023 Tokyo Orientation welcomed hundreds of jet-lagged, starry-eyed new ALTs who have been accepted into ...
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Post-JET Inspiration: Returning Home to Create Community and Opportunity Through Sports

South Africa to Japan This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Nabeela Basa (Kagoshima)  The plan was to pursue a business project, based on all the things he is passionate about ...
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A Japanese Church Experience

Community Through Faith This article originally appeared in the October 2023 issue of Connect. Ilse du Plessis (Kagoshima) Why is fellowship so important to me? I think of this famous story in the Bible where ...
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Running Away from the Expat Problems

How running can become your next coping mechanism This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of CONNECT. Monica Hand (Ehime)  Dealing with the daily challenges that come with moving or living in a ...
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Run with the Umineko

In-person races are back, and I am ready! This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of CONNECT. Etienne van Rooyen (Aomori) My phone buzzed. It was a message from my regular group chat ...
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Behind ALTopedia

How one man is keeping the iconic online ALT community alive and well This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of CONNECT. Monica Hand (Ehime)  Jake Whiton (Nagano) If you are in any ...
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Japan Writers Conference

This article originally appeared in the May 2023 issue of CONNECT. Tom Baker (Saitama) interviewed by the CONNECT Team Since 2007, the Japan Writers Conference has been bringing together writers from all across the country for ...
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