Japanese-English dictionary app recommendation

Here’s a post for my fellow Japanese readers. On my old phone I used a dictionary app called Kabuto. I couldn’t find that app when I upgraded to a Nexus 6P, so I used something very (suspiciously) similar called JED, with a Japanese flag icon. Unfortunately it didn’t interact well with my screen. The interface was all jittery. I’ve had that problem with at least one other important app, too.

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National cinema preferences

This topic deserves a longer post or series of posts someday, but I’ve noticed some tendencies in my reactions to different nations’ film outputs.

I’m almost always likely to enjoy Japanese films, for the obvious reason (in addition to early exposure and possible innate aesthetic preferences) that I lived in Japan for three of the last ten years. But I also have fairly consistent reactions to movies from countries I’ve never visited, and with no clear correlation.

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Recently completed the Hayao Miyazaki feature-length filmography


Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro — ★★★★

Thanks to a Drafthouse roadshow a few years back, I’ve seen most of Hayao Miyazaki’s major movies on the big screen (subtitled, no less.) While living in Japan I visited the Ghibli Museum outside Tokyo and saw one of his many short films that are currently only available at that location.* I’ve seen his music video and all the films he wrote for Ghibli that someone else directed. But it was just a few weeks ago that I finally watched his first feature film, The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), in its entirety.

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