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.
Whether the impending chill is making you want to curl up at home with a book or video game, or whether it’s making you want to go out into nature and seize the day before winter comes: our newest issue has something to catch your eye! If you’re looking to nail that perfect fall/winter fashion style or brush up on your cooking skills with some helpful apps, we have some guides for you. Active and outdoorsy types can choose from several different stories this month, ranging from one woman’s experience breaking boards barehanded to overcoming fears on top of waterfalls. Learn about the TELL Tokyo Tower climb and one ALT’s unforgettable experience volunteering at a summer camp if you’re looking to be inspired to give back to your community. And that’s just the start! Look inside our November issue for more.