What’s Cool This Week (Sept. 18-24)


▶ Meet Masayuki Sakamoto, a star performer in the Kodo taiko drumming group ▶ An exhibition looks back on the history of Shukan Shonen Jump magazine, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year ▶ My Heroes column ▶ Kanta on Manga column ▶ “Neko Pitcher” mangaSpeech

▶ More universities are setting up faculties and departments to help students become capable of better promoting the washoku Japanese cuisine at home and abroad ▶ Troubleshooter columnSpeech

▶ An exhibition focuses on paintings of beautiful women by the nation’s pioneering female artist ▶ Cultural Conundrums column ▶ Masaharu Fukuyama and Koji Yakusho perform a psychological war between a defense attorney and a death row inmate in “Sandome no Satsujin” (The Third Murder), a new film directed by Hirokazu KoreedaSpeech

JN LearningLab (for language learners)

▶ “Exploring the World of Grammar” focuses on the “A or no A” syntax ▶ In our “Living & Learning” column, written by Japanese students overseas, a University of London student talks about how she finds her study and learning environment at the British school ▶ “Translate This” announces the prizewinners of the English-to-Japanese translation contestSpeech

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