Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Taylor Anderson, a 3rd year ALT in Miyagi prefecture. The loss of a JET community member is a devastating one and she will not be forgotten. She was a valuable member in her community and was dearly loved. With the permission of Taylor’s sister, we are asking JETs and community members to honor Taylor’s memory by sending postcards, letters, or notes to us to be shared on a blog that will be open to everyone. Submissions can be anonymous, but please feel free to share memories, thoughts or wishes about Taylor. Please send postcards or letters to Apt. 111, Haitsu Poronia, Katase 44-28-1, Katsuyama-shi, Fukui-ken, 911-0811.
Taylor’s high school has established the Taylor Anderson ’04 Memorial Gift Fund. All money raised will be given in Taylor’s memory to benefit the relief efforts in Japan, hopefully to help with the rebuilding of the schools in the region where Taylor taught.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with Monty Dickson’s family and friends at this time. Please keep them in your thoughts.
It’s that time again – spook season’s been and gone, Bonfire Night’s right around the corner, and we’re bringing you the November issue of Connect! This month’s all about looking after yourself, something that’s twice as important when you’re this far from home. We’ve got tips for at-home yoga practice, soothing recipes for those chilly nights, and tons of inspiration for a good dose of self care. Itching to get out of the apartment? Check out our events calendar and November releases to stay right up to date with everything going on! Now’s also a great time to take up a new hobby, whether it’s one that gets you moving in challenging ways (see our features on Salsa dance meetups and an international surfing championship), rocking out to the sounds of the Tokyo Garage scene, or finding a style that’s really you.