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.
Happy new year everyone! For CONNECT’s first issue of 2019, our staff have written up articles detailing their winter vacation travel plans, techniques for staying sane during the winter, and various introspections about the end of the year. You might find a relatable story inside, or some inspiration for your next vacation. Either way, enjoy!