2 out of 20 pieces done! My lord this is a crazy one but excited to see the finished product. Sad i don’t have 10 of the same paper so it’s gonna be like patchwork. Will edit this post later once I’m done!
Very quick read in the morning today! クリスマスの贈物 by 竹久夢二 with this 朗読. If anyone wants to give an Aozora story a try and they want a Christmas-y mood, this is a good one for that. A very classic type of holiday story and it’s only a few pages. Not too much for old grammar and because it’s aimed at children the kanji is lighter.
アルスラーン戦記 漫画 – obvs easier to approach than above cos there’s pictures. Much the same as the anime, the sample covered episode one. lots of furigana different to the kanji readings, especially for titles but also for some names, as renderings of older non-japanese words and, ofc, polite speech here there and everywhere.
why are there only two days left, when did that happen
What a time-(and paper-)consuming origami this was! Serves me right for complaining about yesterday’s being too quick, I guess. Still, the result was definitely worth it. It’s hypnotic, and so good to play with! It tended to come apart though, so I put some glue here and there, even though the video didn’t mention it.
It really came out well, but it took sooooooooooooo long! Hope yours comes out even better when finished!
I really didn’t plan this, apart from pushing this one towards the end of the calendar because it was immediately obvious it would be very involved. But yes, if you take the average time of day 21 and 22, maybe it evens out a little?
Or the females, depending on which kind of factory it is
I think there are some developments around X-raying the fertilized egg and determining the sex through that, but I have no idea how reliable that is. And, they still throw away half the eggs on either side. Which, together with the conditions of producing said eggs, is … well …
呪術廻戦 – just as fun as the anime was! i was kinda worried the fights wouldn’t flow as well but the energy is absolutely still there and I really do wanna keep reading! Originally picked this cos I thought i’d be flagging by now and wanted smth really familiar (and therefore easier), but turns out i didn’t need it! was more like a reward than an easy option which is funny cos there’s still tomorrow yet so it’s too early for rewards but ah well
What a mesmerising origami! It must have been rather difficult to make, no? Anyways, you did great job!
Just by looking at it, I can’t make out how it’s constructed – at first, I even thought that it was two origami because of all the different papers and arrangements. I may take a look at the corresponding video to see it in action.
It wasn’t difficult so much as repetitive (although it did feature folding a paper in thirds, which I can never get quite right). It took a long time, and, wait for it, 20(!) sheets of paper to make. There are two kinds of paper, and the four colours you see are the two sides of those two(x10) papers.
It’s really mesmerizing when you see it in action,.
Today I read メリイクリスマス by 太宰治 along with this 朗読. It was not a traditional Christmas story by any means. I enjoyed it (太宰 is easily one of my favorite authors at this point) but it ended on something of a sad, purposefully incomplete note. If you’re looking for a ‘Christmas story’ I don’t recommend this. If you want a thoughtful read, I do.
I gave myself a bonus day, reading a piece translated from English (which I’ve read in English) on Christmas day Feels a bit sad for it to be ending, but I’m sure I’ll do more short story challenges in the future! And hopefully my ranking of the stories on Natively helps some of the really good ones get more readers and prevents other people from reading some of the really boring ones…
Not many kanji to choose from now, though scrolling through Jisho I’m always surprised by the sheer amount of cool looking kanji that just have nothing associated with them, what ancient secrets do these kanji keep?
Starting this challenge I thought the hardest thing would be remembering stroke order, but once it’s been written a few times it’s quite easy to remember, a lot feel pretty natural in their order. But what I wasn’t expecting was how hard it is to try and keep the kanji in proportion to itself. My first attempt without a kanji guide must have been listening to Free Bird because no silly box could contain that eagle. I also think I was getting a little too liberal with that last, long stroke of 鳥 (not the dots), it was becoming a little too curly
There, fixed that for you
I mean, we’re talking Dazai here, no? I’d be really surprised to read a happy-go-lucky story authored by him…
Indeed! Especially as I did not participate because I could not come up with a good idea on what to do because I had set myself on reaching 1000 pages this month, and so I was a bit preoccupied
But today I had a good idea or two, so I’ll save them for the next calendar thing!
Please let us know when you do! I would like to read more stories like 人間椅子 and the like
Words of the day: 片鱗 (part; portion; glimpse; bit), 目から鱗が落ちる (to see the light; to be awakened to the truth; to have the scales fall from one’s eyes), 逆鱗に触れる (to infuriate one’s superior; to incur the anger of one’s boss), 介鱗 (fish and shellfish)
Our very last kanji! It’s hard to find any frequently used ones with so many strokes. 鱗 means scales (like of a fish). It’s a Jinmeiyō kanji (used in names) and 2494 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers.