Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 葬送のフリーレン // Next: ウスズミの果て

Kino no Tabi - キノの旅


In Kino’s Journey , the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. They only spend three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands.


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Personal Opinion

I haven’t read that book, nor have I heard of it until I saw it on floflo. Instead, have @MissMisc’s opinion:

That being said, reading the sample I posted below, I think people around N3 should be fine on their own, so it would be challenging at N4, but that’s what makes it a good learning target for the club, I think.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • Word list available on floflo, and the word count is quite low (i.e. not too much vocab to look up)
  • Each chapter seems to be self-contained, so it’s easier for people to skip ahead to catch up with the group.


  • Light novel, so more involved than a manga for real beginners.
  • Self-contained chapters mean that character progression may be slow or non-existent.
  • A bit long for a beginner’s group (slightly over 200 pages of text), but that can be mitigated by the self-contained aspect (e.g. we could skip the second half or turn it into an independent reading group)


First Three Pages of Chapter One


Additional Pages

About two pages per screenshot



Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)
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