ゆるキャン△ Vol. 7 🏕


Kotatsu yokai durtle



God Akasawa looks so aesthetically cozy, I love it. Will def need to do a winter visit there next time I manage to get to Japan.

One of these days I’ll also try out a proper kotatsu in proper kotatsu weather. I had a slightly goofy idea last winter of using an IKEA table, blankets, and a space heater for a makeshift kotatsu but that never happened lmao


I stayed at Yunomine Onsen in December 2017, and I very nearly based my accomodation requests on which ryokan mentioned in their advertising that they have a kotatsu.

In the end, I did not. Still haven’t tried a kotatsu…


So many questions left unanswered! Thanks, as always, for your informative posts.


lmao finishing up this chapter and I got a good chuckle out of reading 「斉藤バイト」


37 - カフェとしぐれと一人旅

Start date: May 1st

  • I’m reading along :books:
  • I’m taking my time :camping:
  • I’m dropping out :no_good_man: :no_good_woman:

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This week’s chapter is the last third of anime episode 7, and the first third of episode 8.

Everyone starts where they were last week, but Rin soon finds herself at Kagiya. Sakura then heads up to Naradanosato Onsen, while Rin continues on her way.

Nadeshiko shops at Potato (“Welcome friends, I am POTATO.” heh) which she presumably passes on her way back to the train station. Then she heads to Fujikawa Station, presumably following this route (which slightly raises the question: did she get off the train purely to eat shigure-yaki?).

She camps at Nodayama Health Ryokuchi Park, which according to Google Maps is 5.5km walk from Fujikawa Station, just as Nadeshiko says here.

And Rin’s stuck at a closed gate. Not again! I’ve found where this is, but I’m gonna hold off on posting it until next week, because the Street View of this ruins the cliffhanger a bit.

Page 58, isn’t shigure-yaki just Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki?

Page 62, this exchange makes me think that 原付の旅 is a real, possibly documentary-style, show. Anyone know what? Googling is… inconclusive, unless I’m just misunderstanding the results I’m getting.

Page 65, interesting that Rin’s phone goes ヴー but Sakura’s goes ブー. Maybe they put them down on different surfaces.

Page 68, first panel, the Yen Press translation has Nadeshiko saying “I made it to Fujinomiya”…

Proper nouns
Page 68:


I mean you are talking about Nadeshiko that is not at all out of character


Yay, now I can finally watch another episode of the anime. :smiley:
I should probably watch the live-action as well to bridge the gaps. Season 2 started recently.


Ooo. I did not know that.


This is riffing on キノの旅, a show about a biker and her talking motorbike as they go on episodic adventures where they explore different towns and countries in a fantasy world. I recall there being some joke made comparing the series to Rin.

She’s a rabid little food gremlin and I love her for it. She even talks about how Rin’s way to pass the time while solo camping was with reading and how her own is, naturally, going to involve food lmao

I’m also impressed/intimidated by seeing okonomiyaki that gets MOUNTAINS of stuff piled onto it. I’ve been making okonomiyaki at home since it’s fairly easy, cheap, and filling, but the hardest part is def flipping things. I’m assuming the yakisoba is already cooked and is just added to get warmed up on the griddle?


I’ve seen that. I distinctly don’t recall any episodes set in East Japan, West Japan or overseas. I really do feel like it’s meant to be a travel documentary, like last chapter’s カド街/アド街 or something.

Oh I just noticed the post for the next chapter is not up yet. This post is about chapter 38.

Did I understand that correctly the road has been closed for over 10 years, because it was damaged all the time by typhoons and the city did not think it was worth it?

For the bear hand recipe you really need to whole day, I wonder how bear hand tastes Oo.

So do you guys think both Rin and Nadeshikos sister will show up at the camping ground?

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38 - 静かの湖

Start date: May 8th

  • I’m reading along :books:
  • I’m taking my time :camping:
  • I’m dropping out :no_good_man: :no_good_woman:

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This week’s chapter is the second quarter of anime episode 8. These chapters are taking up less time in the episode as we go along (my approximation of last chapter taking up a third of this episode was a little off).

As foreshadowed last week, Rin finds herself here - curiously in the Google Street View image, the right tunnel is closed, while the left remains open. Not entirely sure from the overhead view where the right tunnel even goes, and tragically this is the point where Street View stops. Maybe it just goes straight to the power plant that’s slightly to the right.

As Rin points out, going through the left tunnel can take you to Yashajin Pass, but as Google prefers to take you the long way around, I have to eyeball the shortest route, and the shortest route appears to be this.

Rin doesn’t show us what’s down the right-hand tunnel either - at the top of the very next page, she’s here, which is back to the south, where she came from in the first place, except she’s turned around her and is heading north again…

Well, her next stop is Lake Amehata. The not-school is here, though I can’t tell if it’s actually part of Villa Amehata, or just standing next to it (bonus shot).

As Rin points out, the way to Lake Ikawa is shut - the current terminus of the northern half of the road is here (and I’m a little surprised it’s actually marked on Google Maps). With enough convincing, you can actually get Google Maps to give the direct path between the two lakes - but, since it takes close to four hours to drive a mere sixty kilometres, that’s probably why Google wants to take you the long way around. (Fun fact: Ikawa Lake is the northern terminus of the Oigawa Railway, which I’ve been rather wanting to ride…)

The suspension bridge that entertains Rin so is here - along with the animal path on the other side, there’s also a sign saying “wildlife protection area”.

Meanwhile, Sakura is at Yamato Wild Game. The entrance pictured on page 92 isn’t visible in the Street View which was taken in 2014, but it is in this image (plus, the streetscape on page 93 matches this place). And today I learnt the word ジビエ. And also “gibier”.

Rin returns to Villa Amehata on page 96, which I linked above (the not-school).

And for a chapter that took so little time in the anime, this sure took a lot of words.

Page 104, some sort of Secret Society BLANKET secret ritual? Love how the younger girl spots that right away.

Proper nouns

Page 85:
雨畑湖=あめはたこ (though that was weirdly difficult to get the IME to produce)

Page 89:

Part of the Ofunato train line in Iwate Prefecure was taken out by the Great East Japan Earthquake back in 2011, and remains unrepaired to this day, ten years later - they’ve replaced it with a Bus Rapid Transit system. And that wasn’t even a recurring event. Sometimes it just ain’t all that cost-effective to fix things.

After reading that recipe, I don’t particularly want to know any more. All I can think about is boiled hair.


This area with the tunnel really has some atmosphere, looks like something from a Ghibli movie.


Oh, quite. I thought so too. :slightly_smiling_face:


It’s so freaking picturesque. Insanely cozy vibes in that stretch of road.

This visual-heavy chapters are v nice to read through if only because there’s a certain ethereal quality in the way that Afro-sensei captures environments. I’ve been getting into a lot of Sengoku Jidai content lately and it’s always interesting to think about how these winding river/mountain paths were manuevered before the advent of vehicles.

also bear why pls no


Oof, I’m quite late this week, sorry.

39 - 一人のキャンプ

Start date: May 15th

  • I’m reading along :books:
  • I’m taking my time :camping:
  • I’m dropping out :no_good_man: :no_good_woman:

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This week’s chapter is the remainder of anime episode 8.

No locations to comment on this week - everything takes place in Nadeshiko’s vicinity, and I linked that last week.

Page 107, what’s this グミ thing that requires only five seconds to cook? The dictionary says “oleaster”, which clarifies basically nothing for me (and also “gummi”, as in gummi bears, but it’s probably not that). (Also, Yen Press has translated 湿らせた新聞紙とアルミホイル as “a mix of foil and newspaper”. Did… did Ms Tamosaitis misread that first kanji as 混? But even so, what is she imagining that 混らせた is supposed to be read as?)

Page 109, today I realised that the “younger girl” I mentioned last week is actually a younger boy…

Page 112, is it possible the avocado is fairly average because she’s presumably pulling it off at the 30-minute mark despite it only listed as requiring ten minutes to cook? I wouldn’t really know. I find avocado to be fairly average either way.

Page 113, for some reason, it never really ocurred to me that the ~ぽい suffix might actually have a negative conjugation. Had to look up what ぽくない was supposed to be.

Page 123, probably a good thing that the reception is iffy in this area, because if they’d received Nadeshiko’s message here, it would have given the whole game away.

Page 132, heh, the scooter’s gradually getting more and more irritated.