What’s Cool This Week (Dec. 11-17)


▶ An interview with Ryosuke Yamada of the boy band Hey! Say! JUMP — who is starring in the live-action film adaptation of the manga “Hagane no Renkinjutsushi” (Fullmetal Alchemist), which is now showing ▶ A limited edition of 35 traditional Hakata dolls is set to become available in a gacha-gacha capsule vending machine ▶ Style Files column ▶ Kanta on Manga column ▶ “Neko Pitcher” mangaSpeech

▶ Woodstoves in the spotlight after 2011 quake ▶ Troubleshooter columnSpeech

▶ Exhibitions feature paintings that almost look like photographs ▶ Cultural Conundrums columnSpeech

JN LearningLab (for language learners)

▶ Lawyer Kazuhiro Kikawa tells us how he improved his English skills ▶ Our Sound Smart in Japanese for beginners column will help you improve your spoken Japanese ▶ “In a word” focuses on “debutant,” from an article on Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov’s ATP Finals winSpeech

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