Tokyo Orientation 2014 issue

Tokyo Orientation 2014 issue

Tokyo Orientation 2014 AJET Connect This issue, created special for the incoming JETs set to arrive this summer, is full of information about getting settled in and involved in Japan. Even if you’ve already been here for years, there’s still great tips for adjusting to the summer, becoming a great ALT, coping with homesickness, volunteering, and more. You can finally see the results of May’s mobile phone poll, as well! Also want to check out our brand new design, created specifically to look better on your screen and be more readable. Whether this is your first Connect, or you’ve been with us for a few years, there’s a lot of new and exciting things going on here. Give it a read!Tokyo Orientation 2014 issue now online! (30MB PDF)
March 2017 Issue | Download this issue (7.8 MB)

Spring is finally in the air! The beauty of the sakura blossoms remind Japanese people of new beginnings and to start fresh, why not join on in? Connect’s bringing fresh new content for you this month on tips how to be healthy, active, and engaged! From Taiko Drumming to Salsa Dancing, we’ve got you covered for working up a sweat. News has got you covered with how to establish Professional Networks and updates on the current News and Japanese Economy while Fashion brings you back to the 20th Century Fashion style and Beauty Tips for your daily life. Maybe you’re into immersing into the Japanese culture through Baseball or interested in the Yamagoya Mountain Huts? Find out how life is like for Mixed Asians and other interesting articles this month!
March 2017 Issue | Download this issue (7.8 MB)

Dust off those lingering powders of snow and welcome March with our latest issue! Social Media or latest events In the News got you in a roller coaster of emotions? We’ve got some tips to help you with that, and easy Rice Cooker Recipes to keep it low-key for those days when you want to watch one of our Movie Recommendations and Releases or Switch on your favorite gaming console. Feeling adventurous? The Snow Festivals may be over (we’ve got the Photos cause it did happen), but we’ve got exciting articles covering Sumo (did anybody get the Oosaka tickets?!?), Bellydancing (straight from our News editor herself!), and Rugby (see you in 2019, Sunwolves). Make sure your allergies are kept at bay with our Health Spotlight and cozy Wear while you check off events through our Event Calendar.
February 2017 Issue | Download this issue (4.4MB)

Welcome back from New Year and winter vacation everyone, we hope everyone had wonderful holidays!! It's February and that means it's the season of love....and snow. CONNECT is ready and rearing to get you started in this new year with stories and advice about love in all of it's forms. Or if you're not into that we also have advice on beating the winter blues, reviews of winter food and descriptions and stories about huge and exciting events coming up! You don't want to miss this!
January 2017 Issue | Download this issue (13MB)

You are cordially invited to this, the 2016 Year-in-Review issue of AJET CONNECT Magazine! The entire CONNECT team recalls their favorite articles this year and reveals their resolutions for 2017. Look back with us and revisit old favorites or discover pieces you missed the first time around, and give a big hand to the 2016-2017 AJET CONNECT team! See you next year for our February 2017 issue!
December 2016 Issue | Download this issue (50MB)

‘Tis the season to be a JET, fa la la la la, la la la la. Happy holidays and cheers to to everyone from around the world! 2016 is coming to a close, and CONNECT is here to help you through the chilly month and into the new year. Plans for travel? Hermit-life under the kotatsu? Winter blues? Not to worry, because our December issue is here to meet your needs. We’ve got recommendations for anime, movies, and video games for those days when you just don’t want to trudge through a wall of snow, and a whole Calendar full of events for those days that you do. Remember to take good care of yourself in the winter! Yoga and meditation helps both the body and mind, or light jogging in the snow to catch your next train to warm your body. Stay sane this month with our tips this holiday season. “But what about after December?” you say? Fashion for the new year, new destinations, and… possibly more snow.
November 2016 Issue | Download this issue (54MB)

It’s another issue coming your way! Hope you all had a spooky fabulous Halloween, and are getting ready for the cold season; kotatsus out, and cool weather coming in. This month, we’ve got the Tokyo Game Show coverage, backpacking for the wanderlust souls, a special coverage on PTSD and volunteering at animal shelters, and Utada Hikaru’s comeback! Climb on through with our feature on both mountain hiking and rock climbing for those adventurous thrill-seekers, or for those that just don’t want Halloween to end, curl up in the dark with some of our scary stories, submitted by readers like you!
October 2016 Issue | Download this issue (35MB)

​​Some of us have been in Japan for only two months. For others, it’s another beautiful October settling in: the Changing of the Leaves is on its way, an extra layer is being thrown on before rushing out the door, and the beauty of Japan is ceaseless. With the cooler weather creeping in, you might find yourself wanting to curl up on the weekends reading a new book or watching your next anime binge. Well, we’ve got you covered! Find out what’s in store for you in October through our next publication of Connect; monthly Japanese releases, super fall foods, how to acclimate to a new country and your newfound travel bug, and the celebration of both Japanese historic and modern pop culture.
September 2016 Issue | Download this issue (48MB)

Now that we’re getting into the full swing of the new JET year, the beginning of the second semester, and finding the balance between work and play, Connect’s got a new issue aimed at helping you get caught up with what’s been happening during the summer break until now and helping you to look forward to your future plans! Find out how to be the best PokéMon trainer with the most fashionable threads (umm, being the very best can be time-consuming, right, Ash?); small talk about the future Japan Olympics 2020 with your co-workers as you while away at your desk; easy, no-excuse-to-your-concerned-mother, recipes to make; and magical memories from both newcomers and returners made at a treasured Japanese cultural event, Japanese matsuri.
Tokyo Orientation (July-August) 2016 Issue | Download this issue (22MB)

Coming to a new country makes you both kinds of anxious; the uneasiness and the excitement are both so enticing in a different country, you can’t wait to explore it all. Whether you are an incoming or current JET, our Tokyo Orientation issue has articles to help you dive into the culture, food, and new locations you’ll experience while also making the most of your time and advice on how to make everyday life in Japan easier. We’re tech savvy, fashion forward, health-conscious, and got your back to keep you afloat in Japan with our latest publication.
The Art Issue 2016 (June) | Download this issue (52MB)

C - The Art Issue was conceptualized as a means to display the varied talents of expats living in Japan. They come from many different creative backgrounds and develop many others still while in Japan. Enjoy their work, and check out each contributor’s links for more.
May 2016 Issue | Download this issue (59.4MB)

In this last issue of the season, AJET Connect is bringing you powerful articles you don't want to miss. Learn about the ongoing oppression affecting the native Ainu in Hokkaido; and the peril facing the beloved tradition of sumo wrestling in the modern world. Anime fans will also want to see our write-up of upcoming promising properties, as well as an inside-look at the industry with a music performer. As always, we've also got more delicious recipes than you can shake a spoon at to make your summer picnics grand! They are served with a heaping side of tips to make the most out of your adventures in Asia.
April 2016 Issue | Download this issue (47.7MB)

Spring has sprung and we have a load of great features to help you in the wonderful hanami Season! This month we have a range of content covering K-pop, ridiculously lovely recipes, the ever wonderful events calendar, and so much more. As usual, our regular awesomeness is thrown in, with a dash of love, a pinch of Japan, and a sprinkling of improved weather! Enjoy!
March 2016 Issue | Download this issue (25.7MB)

A sakura by any other name... would still signal spring in Japan! The changing season brings us out of our warm homes and face-to-face with new fashions and music trends, like the enchanting Visual Kei style described in this March issue of Connect. Or should we say, "mask-to-mask"? Inside we explore Japan's sometimes perplexing love of face-wear. Whether you think they're handy or silly, knowing more about them can help you navigate the social waters in and beyond JET (something we give you even more advice about in this issue). At least we can all agree to take our masks off to eat the delicious recipes from Connect! A new season is a perfect time to start cooking in earnest. Or at least time to start looking for yummy food at festivals, like the Hina Matsuri or an oyster festival we've got inside. Now, sit back, relax, and Connect to spring!
February 2016 Issue | Download this issue (35.4MB)

This month we have: a sporting charity helping those after the 2011 earthquake; a guide to the ultimate bento; a heartfelt book review giving an insight into grievances; the wonderful block events calendar, and much more.
December 2015 Issue | Download this issue (35.88MB)


Keeping with the theme of winter, in this month’s issue, we have an insight into the cold Japanese winter, a run down on the entertainment you can enjoy this cold season, a restaurant in the heart and hearts of the LGBTQ community, and then, in an attempt to warm us up, a childhood elephant fantasy becomes reality in the warmer regions of Thailand.
November 2015 Issue | Download this issue (39.85MB)


This month we have a first-hand account of what treasure chests the Tokyo Game Show had to offer this year, written by one of our own Entertainment Editors!; A Yosakoi experience that now runs parallel to one CIR’s experience in Japan; the wonders of trekking Yakushima; and another wonderful recipe, with a Canadian flair.
October 2015 Issue | Download this issue (29.4MB)


Autumn is here! Leaves aren't the only things changing their color, and Connect has you covered with essential Fall tips for beauty products and skin care. And why not bring the taste of Autumn to your get-togethers? The month we're bringing you can't-miss Japanese pumpkin recipes! We also look back on Summer with an ALT's summer music festival experience in Japan, and what you need to know to get in on your own music fests. This month also marks the beginning of our regular Staff Picks feature. All that and much more to connect with inside!!
September 2015 Issue | Download this issue (40.16MB)

As the streaks of the summer sky are becoming darker with each day and the temperatures are slowly getting cooler, Connect is here to brighten up your day! We have some great content in all lined up for you; including tips on getting involved with your community and a foray of recipes to keep your eyes and stomach satisfied. We hope all the tips, the events calendar and some of the great stories inspire you. We’ve also recently had a change of staff here at Connect, and this is our first independently made issue! We hope to continue providing all the best content to our readers, so please stay tuned and let’s journey forth together!
Tokyo Orientation (July-August) 2015 Issue | Download this issue (25MB)

This special issue is created with Tokyo Orientation and the incoming JETs in mind. It's full of useful information about getting settled in Japan, with great tips for adjusting to the summer heat, shining as an ALT, coping with homesickness, and more. There's also great tips on getting involved in Japan culture and life. But, even if you're not a new, incoming JET, this issue is a great resource! Check it out!

May 2015 Issue | Download this issue (45MB)

Our final issue before the summer break is here! Not to worry, though. We'll still publish stories online throughout the summer, so keep sending them in. The May issue brings stories about fashion shows, classic foods, Beat Takeshi, Nowruz, cheap lodgings, flag football, Fuji climbing, running commandments, and more. It's got a few more pages than usual, as we tried to cram as much last-minute goodness in as possible. We hope you enjoy reading it! This also marks Steven's last Connect as head editor, so send him and the rest of this year's team a nice message!

April 2015 Issue | Download this issue (29MB)

As the wave of sakura blossoms sweeps across Japan, so do the changes in staff and students. New faces are all around, and it's the perfect time to set a new course and make some changes of your own! Soon, the AJET National Council will be welcoming 29 new members, with 15 of them newly created positions to better serve the national community of JETs, non-JETs, and alumni. Here at Connect, we've still got one more issue until the new staff takes over, but changes are coming! Savor this penultimate issue with the team as we talk about cricket, street art, film fashion, pearl divers, bridge biking, citrus fruits, travel mistakes, city roses, animal islands, and something called 'normcore'. Enjoy!

March 2015 Issue | Download this issue (34MB)

The weather is getting a little warmer, the sky a little bluer, and the days a little longer; it must be March! Read up on some great things to discover and enjoy before heading out for spring vacation. Maybe watch some Japanese post-war cinema, or attempt to follow the plot of a kabuki play, or simplify planning for your next world travel, all the while listening to some Kero Kero Bonito, this month's exclusive interview subjects. There's also some important info about volunteering with the AJET National Council and the Peer Support Group, for people who are looking to get involved, improve things for other JETs, and develop their professional skills. Contact us with any questions, and we'll see you next month!

February 2015 Issue | Download this issue (51MB)

Demons out, luck in! Happy February! It's back to full-size for this issue, and there's lots of content to keep you busy at your desk or under your kotatsu. We have three useful guides for you, including DIY facial treatments, choosing the right low-cost carrier at Japanese airports, and getting out in the snow for some boarding or skiing! For interesting articles, we have some great features on 20th-century Japanese fashion, modern Noh theater, and gorgeous photos of Okinawa's easternmost island. We also speak with Wesley Julian, documentary director working to support Tohoku, and compare the films Battle Royale and The Breakfast Club (really!). There's bound to be something for everyone to read this month, so we hope you enjoy!

January 2015 Issue | Download this issue (44MB)

2014 is out, and so begins 2015, the Year of the Sheep! We kick off the New Year with a look back at the old, which was quite a big year for Connect magazine. In this issue, the Connect staff talks about our favorite stories from 2014, as well as our best personal Japan moments and our resolutions for 2015. Over the past year, Connect has seen some radical changes in our design, a wider breadth of stories and features, more multimedia connectivity, and a brand new online space here on AJET.net! We met most of our goals for last year, but there's plenty more to do. Keep sending us your stories, blogs, photos, recipes, questions, tips and more!

December 2014 Issue | Download this issue (41MB)

Our last issue of 2014 is a big one! Not only is it a bit longer, but we’ve also got some big stories. This month, we interview published authors about their time on JET and their work in the world of professional fiction. We also spoke to members of the Japanese community about their feelings on recent reinterpretations of Japan’s post-war constitution. We’ve also got tons of great photo features from Tokyo Fashion Week, the Chirimen Kaido, and underwear snowboarding. As usual, you’ll find a buffet of online features and outside links. Videos, extended interviews, shopping and more! Check it out!

November 2014 Issue | Download this issue (34MB)

How do you like the new cover? We’re fully in fall now, and it’s the perfect time to bundle up, start planning your winter vacation, and read about Japan. This month we’re talking about snow tours, rugby coaches, tall ladies, apocalyptic fiction, meat blogs, yogurt straining, Chinese visas, Cricket Blasts, and Spotlighting 7 very cool members of the community. David Namisato returns to Connect with a post-halloween “Life After the BOE” comic, the events calendar is jam-packed, and we unravel the tangled web of history behind those islands everyone’s arguing about. Enjoy!

October 2014 Issue | Download this issue (45MB)

The changing of the seasons brings with it unique changes to food, fashion, and fun. Connect magazine is here to tell you everything you need to know about the fall! Join us this month as we talk about seasonal events, autumn wardrobes, fall foodstuffs, and cool-weather sports. You’ll also see the return of several ongoing features, such as In the News, VS, Ask Sempai, and Spotlight! October also brings back Connect Comics, with new comics from Marika Jackson, Christopher Chong, and Mary Cagle, creator of the popular webcomic Kiwi Blitz and current Miyagi JET!

September 2014 Issue | Download this issue (40MB)

The September issue marks a new year for Connect after our Tokyo Orientation special edition. We return to great stories and photos of the community in Japan. We’ve also tuned up the design for easy reading on your computer, smartphone, or any mobile device. Open it up for a look through Japan’s days of fashion past, summer’s important news, comparisons of Japan and America’s New Wave movement, tips for cooking in a Japanese kitchen, sports tournaments throughout the country, and an all new Spotlight section chock-full of awesome people. We’re always on the lookout for great insights and experiences to share with the community, and we’re always listening to your comments and questions. Give us a clip, click the comment button, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tokyo Orientation (July-August) 2014 Issue | Download this issue (30MB)

This issue, created special for the incoming JETs set to arrive this summer, is full of information about getting settled in and involved in Japan. Even if you've already been here for years, there's still great tips for adjusting to the summer, becoming a great ALT, coping with homesickness, volunteering, and more. You can finally see the results of May's mobile phone poll, as well! Also want to check out our brand new design, created specifically to look better on your screen and be more readable. Whether this is your first Connect, or you've been with us for a few years, there's a lot of new and exciting things going on here. Give it a read!

May 2014 Issue | Download this issue (43MB)

It’s only fitting that our last issue of Connect magazine before the summer break was our biggest and most challenging. In addition to all the new things we tried out, we wound up making this issue twice as the Computer Gods swallowed the first draft forever. We’re sorry for the wait, but we certainly think it’s worth it!

April 2014 Issue | Download this issue (41MB)

The second-to-last issue of Connect is one of our best ever! Aside from a smorgasbord of wedding food, fashion, culture, and etiquette for when that young teacher or friend invites you to their special day, the April edition features tons of great Spotlight subjects, a jam-packed Sports section, an update on JETs Rally for Tohoku, information on donating blood in Japan, and plenty more!

March 2014 Issue | Download this issue (40.7MB)

The March issue sees Connect back to its full power! The sections are jam-packed with brand new content for readers to enjoy. You can learn about ‘renting’ foreigners in Tokyo, a Japanese podcast to help people speak to foreigners easier, morning makeup routines, delicious community recipes, going from the couch to a 5k run, the best spots to see cherry blossoms, volunteering youth groups, naked man festivals, and so very much more! This is also our first issue to feature comics from our readers! Check it all out!

After JET Conference 2014 Issue | Download this issue (10.9MB)

Whether you’re leaving this year, or signed on for another, the After Jet Conference special edition of Connect is for you! Departing JETs can join Eden Law in exploring the intricacies of post-JET life with the goodwill ambassadors that make up the different world-wide JET Alumni Associations, or reminisce with their fellow leavers in a sound-off interview about favorite JET memories! Not going anywhere yet? Check out our selection of must-visit places across Japan to top up your bucket list! There’s something for every JET in this special edition of Connect!

February 2014 Issue | Download this issue (12.8MB)

As the cover suggests, the February issue does feature articles about those warm fuzzy feelings of love. We discover readers’ favorite romantic spots in Japan, assure you that giri-choco isn’t all that bad, and look behind the science of attraction. However, the issue isn’t purely Valentine’s-focused! We also have an in-depth look at the ‘tradition’ of Japanese unpaid overtime, a CrossConnect review of Sukiyabashi Jiro, and an interview with Ben Martin, author of the Samurai Awakening series of novels. Find these features, Spotlights, editorials, photos, haiku and more inside the pages of the February edition!

January 2014 Issue | Download this issue (8.6MB)

The January issue of Connect is a bit slim, sharing half its content with February, but that doesn’t mean there’s not good stuff to be read! Useful apps for Japan life, top albums of the year, gripping sports stories, and more can be found in these pages! Enjoy and share! This month we had contributors from every block. How cool is that?

December 2013 Issue | Download this issue (18.7MB)

While the December issue has a decidedly holiday vibe to it, there’s plenty of non-Christmas content to be had. We have some mega interesting movies to watch under the comfort of your kotatsu, hot and cold travel recommendations, and tons of delicious-looking recipes to try out!

November 2013 Issue | Download this issue (18.7MB)

Get the latest issue of Connect magazine and read about the latest in fall layering fashion, how to successfully eat gluten-free in Japan, check out major events happening in your area, and much more!

October 2013 Issue | Download this issue (23.9MB)

This month’s issue of Connect magazine features lots of October in Japan content and new contributors! We sit down with Hal Edmonson of the AJET Peer Support Group for some insight on their history and the services they provide, and with Nelson Babin-Coy, who’s challenging the rigid music industry in Japan with free downloads and digital marketing. We also look into some Halloween culture, marathon sports, and the impact of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics announcement. You can find all this and more inside!

September 2013 Issue | Download this issue (18MB)

The September issue of Connect sees the debut of Connect’s new features: the Reader Poll, Ask/Connect questions, and the community Spotlight. We wanted to bring more people into the magazine, and give you more ways to contribute than just photos and articles.

That doesn’t mean that this issue is lacking in great editorial content, though! Check it out for a look at Japan’s most famous rock festival, Fuji Rock, a breakdown of Abenomics, a guide to Okinawa, summer recipes, and much more!

Tokyo Orientation (July / August) 2013 Issue | Download this issue (15MB)

The special print edition of the Tokyo Orientation issue is now online for everyone to read. This handy guide to settling in Japan was distributed to every new JET who attended Post-Arrival Orientation in Tokyo this year.

Not a new JET? You might still be interested in the block travel recommendations, summer survival tips, volunteering resources, or photos of our lovely AJET National Council. Heading to Tokyo soon? We’ve got a quick guide to the major wards and a rail map!

May 2013 Issue | Download this issue (6.7MB)

The May issue kickstarts the summer with tons of travel tips, guides, and ideas.

April 2013 Issue | Download this issue (5.4MB)

This issue of Connect is as entertaining as it is informative.

March 2013 Issue | Download this issue (7.9MB)

The March issue of Connect is packed with cultural insight and glimpses of history.

After JET Conference 2013 Issue | Download this issue (11MB)

January / February 2013 Issue | Download this issue (6.6MB)

December 2012 Issue | Download this issue (7.3MB)

November 2012 Issue | Download this issue (6.4MB)

October 2012 Issue | Download this issue (6.7MB)

September 2012 Issue | Download this issue (9.6MB)

Tokyo Orientation (July - August) 2012 Issue | Download this issue (14.1MB)

May 2012 Issue | Download this issue (5.65MB)

April 2012 Issue | Download this issue (13.5MB)

March 2012 Issue | Download this issue (13.5MB)

February 2012 Issue | Download this issue (11.8MB)

December 2011 Issue | Download this issue (13MB)

November 2011 Issue | Download this issue (8MB)

October 2011 Issue | Download this issue (7MB)

September 2011 Issue | Download this issue (10MB)

Tokyo Orientation (July - August) 2011 Issue | Download this issue (13.8MB)