Working on improving how I pace two book clubs, so I’m gonna aim for more daily readings instead of cramming it into two days haha. Glad I managed to get this and Vol. 5 from Kinokuniya! Might just buy all available volumes hahaha. I def wanna keep up with the club and I absolutely love this series.
Now that I’ve finally caught up I can’t wait to read on pace with the club! Thanks @Belthazar for the location posts, they’ve really helped me come to love this series. They add an extra dynamic that really makes this book club unique.
This week’s campsite is Mount Fuji YMCA Global Eco Village - though for anyone planning on bringing their own Chikuwa, unfortuntely pets are forbidden (aside from guide dogs and other service animals). And (spoiler alert), they’re staying here for basically the rest of the volume, so I guess that’s gonna be it for real-world location research for a while…
The farm sweets place that Aki and Aoi visit is Makaino Farm.
So, one of the reasons I’m not a fan of Toba-sensei is the way she immediately gets passed-out drunk the moment Aki says she can have a drink.
Page 37, a fun fact: this is the first time in the series that Saito’s given name has been used. Bonus fact: Ena is a city in Gifu prefecture (it’s adjacent to Nakatsugawa, where the Magome-Tsumago Nakasendo walk is located).
Page 44 first panel, does 玄関 refer to the entrance to the admin building, or somehow metaphorically to the entrance of the campground as a whole?
These spacious campgrounds are pretty wild, but I’ve also only been to campgrounds in California and Washington, which tend to be forested and/or rocky. This wide view of other campers seems a tad too… open for my personal preference.
But I suppose that may be why the girls only ever get shown as camping without anyone else around? I seem to recall a number of other people when Rin and Nadeshiko went on their first proper camping trip together, but iirc the focus was mostly on them and left other people out. I’d imagine other campers just mind their own business and it’s not really awkward to be relatively close out in the open like that.
I totally understand being irked by Toba-sensei for that reason. If I were to evaluate her as an actual, real life person yeah she’s pretty irresponsible and self-centered. But, suspending my disbelief for the manga, I vibe with her really hard just because I love bundling up, getting drunk, and gorging on camp food.
Makes me wonder how well known smores are. I’m assuming since it gets its own little panel, not very? Nadeshiko seemed completely taken by surprise, and it’d make sense that Expert Camper Shimarin would know about it. Then again, it might be something that people who camp would be aware of, since a lot of the gear breakdown that happens covers fairly standard items and concepts.
There seems to be a lot of loan words and camping gear from other countries that I don’t think ever mention nation of origin, so it doesn’t strike me as super odd that they gloss over it for smores.