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Last year was a stinker for much of the Japanese film industry, except for companies lucky enough to partake in the bonanza that is “Demon Slayer.”

Whether 2021 will see a similar mega-hit is not yet clear, writes Mark Schilling, but this year’s release lineup is stacked with domestic films that have little competition for audiences as many Hollywood films have been set back by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for what the year has in store for J-pop, the message from 2020 is to expect the unexpected. That said, Patrick St. Michel predicts that while TikTok and K-pop will sway trends in the music industry, rock looks set to be Japan’s best chance at producing global hits.

10 Amazing Tips from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo | MS MOJO
10 Amazing Tips from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo | MS MOJO

Will this bring you joy, or just annoy, in 2021? The New York Times caught up with pint-size lifestyle guru Marie Kondo for some advice on how to have a calmer, tidier new year. Kondo encourages practicing mindfulness for a much-needed reset in 2021.

With a third wave of COVID-19 cases engulfing Japan, it is — yet again — undeniably a good time to stay indoors more. It’s also the perfect excuse to make good on that resolution to learn Japanese. And really mean it this time.

Zanete Zujeva offers an overview of the five main areas you can start focusing on if you’re giving up Friday nights at the pub — grammar, vocabulary, reading, speaking and writing — and what you can do to hone those skills.

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