あん 👵🏻 - Week 4 (Intermediate Book Club)

あん :older_woman:t2: Week 4

Week 4 15th of July 2023
Start Page 39
End Page 53
Chapters 7 and 8
Pages 15
Previous week Week 3
Next week Week 5
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Vocabulary

あん Vocabulary Sheet

Please read the guidelines on the first page before adding any words.

Discussion Guidelines

Everybody should feel free to post and ask questions–it’s what makes book clubs fun! But please do not post until you are familiar with Spoiler Courtesy!

Spoiler Courtesy

Please follow these rules to avoid inadvertent ネタバレ. If you’re unsure whether something should have a spoiler tag, err on the side of using one.

  1. Any potential spoiler for the current week’s reading need only be covered by a spoiler tag. Predictions and conjecture made by somebody who has not read ahead still falls into this category.
  2. Any potential spoilers for external sources need to be covered by a spoiler tag and include a label (outside of the spoiler tag) of what might be spoiled. These include but are not limited to: other book club picks, other books, games, movies, anime, etc. I recommend also tagging the severity of the spoiler (for example, I may still look at minor spoilers for something that I don’t intend to read soon).
  3. Any information from later in the book than the current week’s reading (including trigger warnings that haven’t yet manifested) needs to be hidden by spoiler tags and labeled as coming from later sections.
Instructions for Spoiler Tags

Click the cog above the text box and use either the “Hide Details” or “Blur Spoiler” options. The text which says “This text will be hidden” should be replaced with what you are wishing to write. In the case of “Hide Details”, the section in the brackets that is labelled “Summary” can be replaced with whatever you like also (i.e, [details=”Chapter 1, Pg. 1”]).

Hide Details results in the dropdown box like below:

Example

This is an example of the “Hide Details” option.

The “Blur Spoiler” option will simply blur the text it surrounds.

This is an example of the “Blur Spoiler” option.

Posting Advice
  • When asking for help, please mention the page number, and check before posting that your question hasn’t already been asked. As the threads get longer, it becomes more convenient to use the Search function, which is located in the upper right corner of the forum. It is the magnifying glass which is near your profile picture! The best way to search is usually to type part of the sentence you are confused about, and select “in this topic”. This will show you all posts within the current thread which has that string of text.

  • Be sure to join the conversation! It’s fun, and it’s what keeps these book clubs lively! There’s no such thing as a stupid question! We are all learning here, and if the question has crossed your mind, there’s a very good chance it has crossed somebody else’s also! Asking and answering questions is a great learning opportunity for everyone involved, so never hesitate to do so!

If necessary, include an explanation of any discrepancies in the Ebook page numbers from physical page numbers. If there is an easy shortcut for some ebook versions to relate back to physical page numbers, it would be worth it to include it as a third bullet here, or if you want to use chapter page numbers instead of volume page numbers, as is the case with some manga. For example:
Example

For the Kindle version of this manga, the page numbers and the location number are always 3 apart. If you subtract 3 from the location, this will give you the accurate page number!

OR

Please use the chapter page numbers, instead of the volume page numbers. These are located in between the panels!

Proper Nouns

Feel free to add to this as new characters / places get introduced throughout the book.

Name Reading Notes
辻井千太郎 つじいせんたろう Main character
吉井徳江 よしいとくえ Main character

Participation

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The thread for week 5 is now up, but please feel free to post any questions or start a discussion for week 4 whenever you want!

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Week 4! I just updated the vocab sheet with words I wrote down this week. There weren’t as many baking terms this week, but there were a few confectionery words I didn’t bother trying to figure out the meaning of. I learned an awesome word from this last night. 潔い, いさぎよい. It reminds me of, like, a Harry Potter spell.

Chapter 7 Discussion

In this chapter, we find out that Sentaro doesn’t like sweets, which is hard for Tokue to grasp. She starts yelling!
I can’t think of much to say about this chapter, but we learned more about Sentaro making the pancakes and so on.

Chapter 8 Discussion

The new an paste is a success! People love it and notice the difference. Sentaro gets beans from other countries for Tokue to experiment with. The store gets really popular in the heat of the summer and Sentaro runs out of beans and has to close the shop early.
While reflecting on how he can use this opportunity to make more money and take advantage of Tokue’s meager wage, he thinks about how he should have the shop stay open later, but who’s going to make all that an paste!?
At this point, we can still see Sentaro as just greedy, for wanting to use Tokue to increase sales without her being seen by customers. I found it interesting on page 48 that he thinks about the prospect of selling assorted dorayaki, specifying the different origins of the beans (at least that’s what I think he was getting at). It’s like he’s started to actually get excited about the quality work Tokue is going to provide and not just about the money at that point, but later in the chapter, he’s only thinking about money again.

I’ll hopefully be able to read next week’s chapters earlier than I did this week. :slight_smile:

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