スーパーの裏でヤニ吸うふたり 🚬 - Week 4 (Beginner Book Club - Behind the Supermarket, Smoking with You)

Welcome to Week 4 of - スーパーの裏でヤニ吸うふたり・Behind the Supermarket, Smoking With You :smoking: Book Club!

Week 4 5th of August 2023
Start Page 45
End Page 70
Chapters 4 and 5
Pages 26
Previous week Week 3
Next week Week 5
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スーパーの裏でヤニ吸うふたり Volume 1 Vocabulary List (courtesy of @eagleflo)

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

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  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.
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Proper Nouns

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

Name Reading Notes
山田 やまだ Main character
田山 たやま Main character
佐々木 ささき Main character


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We are officially moving from a chapter a week to two chapters a week! This may be a bit challenging, especially to new readers, but please try your best and keep reading! Remember that we are always here to help with questions.


I don’t understand the last panel of Chapter 4:

I understand it language-wise but I don’t understand the meaning.

Discussion about the secret from the earlier chapters

So I’ve rereread chapter 1, now that I know, and I believe the author wants the reader to know from chapter 1, since it finishes like this, showing us 山田さん’s earing and eyes:

However what threw me off on my first reread was one of the first pages, I thought for sure that this showed us that there are 3 protagonists, didn’t occur to me that this could just be from 佐々木s point of view :sweat_smile:

About the secret

Yes I think the reader is supposed to know from very early on & chuckle over how dense Sasaki is!
However stuff like this can be quite confusing when we are focusing more about understanding the language than on the actual storyline. I guess it just shows how important it is to reread the chapters various times!

I mean the panel is just art after all and not a canon part of the story. But I agree - it’s quite confusing! :face_holding_back_tears:


I’ve already read to the end of chapter 5 today and I don’t think I can wait until next week :face_with_spiral_eyes:
I’m sorry for being impatient but I’ll be reading on a little bit ahead I think!! :confounded:


No worries, it happens all the time in book clubs :slight_smile:
I picked up something on the side to avoid the temptation but I totally get it!


I’m also not entirely sure, but I think that she’s sulking because, despite Sasaki always watching her, he doesn’t realise that she and Tanaka are the same person (since she showed her smile as Tanaka a few pages before, and then showed a similar smile as Yamada, but he didn’t see the similarity)


Well, the week I’ve sort of been dreading with the speed increase to 2 chapters a week.

Luckily, of all the weeks where it could happen, this is pretty much the best week to make the transition. I’m ahead on the ABBC, having accidentally read to the end of chapter 5 last week, and I have an extra day off Monday.

I normally do these book clubs in a single sitting, but I think with my level of comprehension of this manga, that might be a bit much, so my plan is chapter 4 today and chapter 5 tomorrow or Monday.


Ok, so actually this was one of the easier chapters for this manga. Again, the first page had more of the new vocab, but luckily 新卒 was pretty easy to grasp from my kanji I’d learned here and 子 obviously referring to the same person from context and not a literal child made it a bit easier than prior page 1s.

Then the rest of it focused more on feelings than a lot of the salaryman and smoking vocab of previous chapters, which also made it relatively easier. So for context the previous chapters of this manga have taken me an hour each but chapter 4 took half an hour.

I guess I could try do chapter 5 today also, but I have some other stuff I want to attend to so going to stick to my plan of doing it tomorrow.


I had an interrupted reading time today but thankfully the chapters weren’t too hard.

Pg 46

On rereading, I assume what Sasaki is looking to 学ぶ from Yamada is ‘how to avoid misunderstandings given by your tone of voice’ or something along those lines? I didn’t really get it on first read but it makes more sense on a re-read.


I normally see めちゃくちゃ in kanji as 目茶苦茶 but this is the first time I’ve seen it as 滅茶苦茶.
Jisho to the rescue here.


Not sure what Yamada/Tayama says as an aside to camera. にぶす木?

Page 46 & 65

They are studying on a friendly smile so he won’t scare and make new hires cry again in the future.

I interpret it: 鈍い好き😂
But it is more likely (because she has a habit of omitting letters): 鈍いです, 佐々木

page 57

I didn’t understand Sasaki’s question/comment about being an elementary school student… did I miss something from the conversation that would have implied Tayama was referring to him as one?


“Don’t follow/accompany weird/strange people even if they act nice to you.”
You say this kind of stuff to little kids in general😂

P. 65

It‘s supposed to be a nickname! Since she always calls him 鈍い she just shortened that and took the last kanji of his name to make 鈍い + 佐々木 = にぶ木!


Wow, that went straight over my head. I’m happy enough to be able to roughly follow along with the story but there are details like this that I miss. Thanks.


Aaaand I finished chapter 5. Not sure whether it’s because all the language they’re using has sunk in more now or if these last two chapters were genuinely much easier than the others, but to be honest this was one of the easier chapters, with the ultrabold and handdrawn fonts presenting most of the difficulty this week, more so than the vocab.


Me: This is going well! I’ll just read both chapters in one go!
The manga: Nice! Also, here’s two handwritten pages in between the chapters.
Me: On second thought, maybe I’ll continue tomorrow.


Me too. Vocab sheet to the rescue :smile:


I too found it easier this week. Pretty sure I’m not smarter, so it must have been easier.

I have another orthography question this week.

On page 50, what’s-her-name starts speaking katakana at the end of her sentences. コト for こと at the end of page 50, and ケド for けど at the beginning of the next page.

What is the author signaling here?