What’s Cool This Week (July 24-30)


▶ A look at “Mary and the Witch’s Flower,” an animated movie based on a British adventure fantasy that is now showing ▶ A retired police officer in Yotsukaido, Chiba Prefecture, is the owner of one of the biggest collections of Hello Kitty merchandise ▶ My Heroes column ▶ Kanta on Manga column ▶ “Neko Pitcher” mangaSpeech

▶ An expert shows how to make beautiful, delicious “flower jelly” ▶ Troubleshooter columnSpeech

▶ A Disney exhibition features images from “Steamboat Willie” to “Moana” ▶ Cultural Conundrums column ▶ “Gintama,” a popular manga set in a fantasy samurai world, has become a live-action comedy film directed by Yoichi Fukuda and starring Shun OguriSpeech

JN LearningLab (for language learners)

▶ Language consultant Masae Shinjo tells us in an interview how she improved her English skills ▶ Our “Sound Smart in Japanese for beginners” column will help you study beginner Japanese ▶ “In a word” focuses on the word “plaudit” from an article on Sota Fujii, the youngest professional shogi player. Speech

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