📚📚 Read every day challenge - Fall/Autumn 2021 🍁🍂🦝

Welcome to the “Read Japanese Every Single Day” Challenge, Fall/Autumn Edition! :maple_leaf: :fallen_leaf:

This summer, @Redglare had the amazing idea of doing a “Read Every Day” challenge, where we challenged ourselves to read something in Japanese every day for 2 whole months - we had so much fun with this challenge that we decided to do it again :grin: If you missed the summer challenge, feel free to jump in on this one - we would love to have more people join in on the fun!

Personal testimony - this challenge is awesome! My biggest issue, with everything, has always been doing it consistently. But somehow, this challenge actually got me reading every single day for 2 whole months (plus a little extra - I chose to extend my challenge because I wasn’t quite ready to stop :grin:). Magic! :sparkles: If you want to read more but chronically procrastinate on actually doing it, this might just be the challenge for you.

Whether you are an expert reader already or a new reader just starting out, everyone is welcome to participate in this challenge! To quote @Redglare:

This is a thread for people who:

:bookmark: want to spend time reading a bunch this fall/autumn
:bookmark: want to improve their reading speed and comprehension
:bookmark: want to hold themselves accountable and have a place to document their progress
:bookmark: simply want to join in on the challenge of reading every day for two or so months :books: :books:

Time frame: September 1 - October 31

This is the “official” recommended time frame, but late starters are absolutely welcome! This thread will be up and running until the end of December, so you can start and finish your personal challenge at any point during that time, and shorten or lengthen the challenge to the time period that works best for you. Yes, we know that this time frame does not completely align with the astronomical season of fall/autumn, and may not represent “autumn time” for everyone - we had this discussion in the summer challenge thread and the general consensus was - it’s fine :stuck_out_tongue:

Your reading materials can be whatever you want, be it manga, light novels, books, visual novels, magazines, graded readers, satori reader, or Japanese games, you name it, anything goes as long as it is something in Japanese :jp: :durtle_the_explorer:


Threads worth checking out

I recommend checking out The News Reading Challenge thread if you’d like to read news articles every day, but you are of course welcome to post about it in this thread too if you’d like to.
The "news reading" challenge 🗞


If you don’t know where to find reading material I recommend checking out the Immersion/Reading section of the following thread:
The Ultimate Additional Japanese Resources List!


There’s also quite a few book clubs here on the forum, some of them have vocab lists which can make for an easier reading experience. A list of book clubs can be found here:
Master List of Book Clubs


Would you like to participate?
  • Yes
  • Yes, but I might start late
  • Not sure
  • No

0 voters

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Participants

Feel free to add your username to the list!
Note: please try to keep this alphabetical

Username Date Joined Days Completed
axazel 1 Sept 2021 37
banditraider 3 Sept. 2021 42
barelyfragile 1 Sept. 2021 0
bearytoast 1 Sept 2021 0
BonusBread 6 Sept 2021 1
Burnannator 1 Sept 2021 1
chrisosaurus 1 Sept 2021 61 + 25
eoame 1 Sept 2021 0
Flicki 12 Sept 2021 1
fustian_garb 1 Sept 2021 61
_ishi 8 Sept 2021 24
ImpactFrames 14 Sept 2021 0
iterimpius 9 Sept 2021 52
Houndstooth 1 Sept 2021 0
Kappaka 1 Sept 2021 1
Kez 1 Sept 2021 1
Kuroba13 8 Sept 2021 4
Li_Demi_97 10 Sept 2021 10
lolimouette 1 Sept 2021 0
Mysbis 2 Sept 2021 14
MothKau 2 Sept 2021 11
nischkar 1 Sept 2021 0
Omun 2 Sept 2021 17
pandaflickan 5 Sept 2021 2
rikaiwisdom 1 Sept 2021 58
Rikkoevan 3 Oct 2021 1
Rowena 2021.09.02 7
SeanBones 1 Sept 2021 0
shin666 1 Sept 2021 61
slimeborge 15 Sept 2021 2
softly_raining 10 Sept 2021 43
swoosh18 1 Sept 2021 5
Sylph 1 Sept 2021 41
thezoyya 2 Sept 2021 3
Thud 1 Sept 2021 61
wenimira 13 Sept 2021 4
windupbird 1 Sept 2021 61
Zakarius 1 Sept 2021 61

:sparkles: Happy reading! Tanuki is cheering for you! :sparkles:

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If we’re going to do this year around, then isn’t that just the tadoku thread with extra steps?

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I wasn’t sure if I would participate this time around, but I will give it a go.
Here’s my best attempt at a calendar, I hope I didn’t mess up the days.

Sept
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Oct
01 02 03
04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Nov
01 02 03 04 05 06 07
08 09 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
Dec
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09

Read here if you want a calendar of your own

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Goodreads account

Reading material
  • 大海原と大海原 with the ABBC
  • からかい上手の高木さん Vol (2) ABBC offshoot
  • チーズスイートホーム
  • 王様ランキング - been meaning to tackle this since Sept 2019 when I picked it up in Japan
  • A bunch of the ASK graded readers
  • Super Mario Odyssey in Japanese Japanese Quest playing through it
  • 逆転裁判 (Ace attorney) I’ve started working my way through the script and adding unfamiliar Kanji to Anki in preparation for trying to play the first case
  • レイトン教授と不思議な町 (Professor Layton & the curious village) I’ve started typing out the game’s dialogue and text along with capturing photos to try distill some core vocab & grammar into Anki to prepare for playing the game proper
  • 鬼滅の刃
Updates / Log

:star: = highlights

  • Sept 1st 大海原と大海原 ~ 3 pages
  • Sept 2nd 大海原と大海原 - 3 pages
  • Sept 3rd 大海原と大海原 - 2 pages, finishing the prologue
  • Sept 4th 大海原と大海原 - 3 pages + re-reading prologue to populate vocab sheet :star:
  • Sept 5th 大海原と大海原 - 2 pages
  • Sept 6th 大海原と大海原 - 3 pages
  • Sept 7th 大海原と大海原 - 3 pages :star:
  • Sept 8th 大海原と大海原 - 2 pages, finishing ch. 1
  • Sept 9th 大海原と大海原 - 6 pages, started ch. 2 :star:
  • Sept 10th 大海原と大海原 - 6 pages, finished ch. 2 :star:
  • Sept 11th 大海原と大海原 - 2 pages, started ch. 3
  • Sept 12th 大海原と大海原 - 4 pages
  • Sept 13th 大海原と大海原 - 7 pages, finished ch. 3 :star:
  • Sept 14th 大海原と大海原 - 2 pages + typing up first chapter of 王様ランキング
  • Sept 15th 大海原と大海原 - 1 page + skimming some 王様ランキング
  • Sept 16th 大海原と大海原 - 1 page + lots of reading to make flash cards
  • Sept 17th 大海原と大海原 - 1.5 pages
  • Sept 18th 大海原と大海原 - 3.5 pages
  • Sept 19th 大海原と大海原 >= 4 pages, finished Ch.4
  • Sept 20th 大海原と大海原 re-reading ch.1 to answer question + チーズスイートホーム 2 pages
  • Sept 21st チーズスイートホーム ~ few pages
  • Sept 22nd 大海原と大海原 2 pages + sentence mining + grammar sentence mining
  • Sept 23rd 王様ランキング mining kana words for first chapter
  • Sept 24th レイトン教授と不思議な町 - typed out 29 41 screens of dialogue / text to start mining
  • Sept 25th very slowly working through dialogue from レイトン教授と不思議な町.
  • Sept 26th lots of A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar + going through notes from 王様ランキング and 大海原と大海原.
  • Sept 27th re-reading graded reader 女の子
  • Sept 28th re-reading graded reader ハチの話
  • Sept 29th re-reading graded reader 七夕 織姫と彦星の話
  • Sept 30th re-reading graded readers ジョンさん日本へ, 浦島太郎, and 笑い話 :star:
  • Oct 1st x2 graded readers どうしてさるみじかい?/どうしてクラゲはほねがない? and バス
  • Oct 2nd graded reader about 着物.
  • Oct 3rd graded reader どうしてエビのからだがった?どうしてねこどしがない?.
  • Oct 4th graded reader 舌切したき
  • Oct 5th graded reader ジョンさんの夏休なつやす.
  • Oct 6th all the things (mostly 王様ランキング vocab) :star:
  • Oct 7th 2 pages of チーズスイートホーム (1) finishing ch. 9 + 王様ランキング vocab.
  • Oct 8th graded reader 姿すがたおくさん, 王様ランキング vocab work, helping friend with teeny bit of やがて君になる.
  • Oct 9th Started new graded reader, lots of work on 王様ランキング.
  • Oct 10th graded-reader 桃太郎ももたろう + 9 chapters (10 - 18 incl.) of ​​チーズスイートホーム (1) :star:
  • Oct 11th final 2 chapters (19 and 20) of チーズスイートホーム (1) :star:
  • Oct 12th started 鬼滅の刃 and read ~ 2.5 pages :star:
  • Oct 13th reread first 3 pages of demon slayer
  • Oct 14th 5 pages of demon slayer + helping friend breakdown with やがて君になる (1) :star:
  • Oct 15 - Demon slayer 9 pages :star:
  • Oct 16 - Demon slayer 12 pages :star:
  • Oct 17 - Demon slayer 13 pages + 1 page graded reader :star:
  • Oct 18 - Demon slayer 3 pages
  • Oct 19 - Demon slayer 6 pages finishing ch.1 + 4 pages from graded reader :star:
  • Oct 20 - Demon slayer 2 pages
  • Oct 21 - Demon slayer 2 pages
  • Oct 22nd Some Demon Slayer + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 23rd Some Demon Slayer + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 24th Demon Slayer 6 pages (started chapter 2)
  • Oct 25th Demon Slayer 18 pages (finishing chapter 2) :star:
  • Oct 26th Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Oct 27th Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 1 page
  • Oct 28th Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Oct 29th Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 1 page
  • Oct 30th Demon Slayer 2 pages + Graded Reader 4 pages
  • Oct 31st Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Nov 1st Demon Slayer 1 page + Graded Reader 2 pages
  • Nov 2nd Demon Slayer 3 pages + Graded Reader 7 pages
  • Nov 3rd Demon Slayer 2 pages + Graded Reader 7 pages
  • Nov 4th Demon Slayer 7 pages
  • Nov 5th Demon Slayer 3 pages
  • Nov 6th Demon Slayer 2 pages
  • Nov 7th Demon Slayer 1 page
  • Nov 8th Demon Slayer 2 pages
  • Nov 9th Demon Slayer 27 pages :star: :star:
  • Nov 10th Demon Slayer 7 pages
  • Nov 11th Demon Slayer 35 pages (all chapter 7 and most of chapter 6), finished volume 1 :star: :star:
  • Nov 12 - graded reader 2 pages
  • Nov 13th - wadanohara 15 pages (all of chapter 5), 2 pages from ABBC colours, demon slayer game :star:
  • Nov 14th - graded reader 3 pages
  • Nov 15th - wadanohara 8 pages (starting chapter 6), going back over some hard demon slayer snippets
  • Nov 16th - wadanohara 1 page
  • Nov 17th - wadanohara 2 pages
  • Nov 18th - graded reader 1 page, working on demon slayer character summary page, working with friend to decipher their manga
  • Nov 19th - graded reader 2 pages
  • Nov 20th - wadanohara 5 pages (finished chapter 6), graded reader 15 pages (finishing my last graded reader) :star:
  • Nov 21st - wadanohara 17 pages (all of chapter 7 and bonus content, finishing volume 1) :star: :star:
  • Nov 22nd - Demon slayer 2.5 pages
  • Nov 23rd - Demon slayer 6 pages
  • Nov 24th - Demon slayer 1.5 - 2 pages
  • Nov 25th - Demon slayer 8 pages finishing chapter 8. :star:
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Well, yes but no - to me, it’s sort of a different approach to the same goal (reading more), with the focus being on “reading every day” (no matter how much) versus “reading a lot/reading x number of things/pages.” Habit focused vs. output/result focused. It’s subtle but it does make a difference for me personally. I don’t do well with things like yearly goals - yearly goals may as well not exist for me, the time horizon’s too long. The short, discrete nature of these challenges makes it feel more approachable and makes me more likely to stick to it for that time period - it’s more of a sprint than a marathon. It’s (somehow) easier for me to string a bunch of small challenges together than it is to stick with one big long thing for the whole year. I also don’t feel like I really belong in the tadoku thread because I’m not a particularly fast or proficient reader. It’s more difficult to see/feel progress when you’re a slow reader if you’re measuring in “volumes completed” versus “days read.”

So basically the difference is mind tricks, but they seem to be working for me so far :woman_shrugging:

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Fair enough on the mind tricks. But just so everyone is aware, I think a vast majority of people in tadoku arent fast readers or anything and it’s more just about getting some reading done and all are welcome. I can see how having a smaller number for total books/volumes completed can make it feel like you’re not making as much progress doe.

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I really prefer the framing of “read every day”, some days I will literally only read a single hard panel or a few easy ones and call that success. If I’m counting only in terms of volumes then that doesn’t amount to much and so doesn’t feel like progress. But counting it in terms of days I get “~60 days of reading Japanese everyday” which feels like a huge success.

I’m also unsure on the naming of the Tadoku thread, I tend to read intensively rather than extensively, but I’m not sure if that actually matters.

I nominally participate occasionally in the Tadoku thread, but I particularly like the social nature of these read every day challenges, I enjoy seeing everyone’s frequent status update posts and the discussions that emerge from them - I find it all very inspiring.

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It’s good to know about the Tadoku thread, for in-between or after these challenges :blush: Thanks for letting us know!

I agree about the mind trick, and that this thread has a special feeling. Reading everyday, no matter how much for what seems more of building a habit and posting for accountability/comradery. Having a number goal is always dicey for me personally (since if I don’t feel like I’m making “progress” enough, I quickly loose confidence and motivation :sweat_smile::sweat_drops:). But! Maybe if I make a good enough habit, I’ll eventually feel more confident to join other threads?! That’s my hope at least.

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Your calendar is brilliant; could I ask you to copy that into the wiki’d second post, (with @windupbird ’s approval), maybe in a dropdown, so others may use it, please?

:sparkling_heart:

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oh! It’s time already :eyes: ! @windupbird Well done starting the next thread! :sparkles:
I can’t believe the read every day challenge is becoming A Thing TwT

Wish all of you good luck with reading, and hope you have a fun time :grin: :books::books:

aesthetic-anime-book

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You can directly “steal” it from the post itself: If you reply to the post that contains it and click on the speech bubble labeled “Quote whole post” at the very left of the edit box menu, it will copy the raw text of the whole post including the calendar. See:

Sept
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
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I used to read every day, but reading’s not really part of my daily study routine now. So I’ll try and pick up the habit again (:
At the moment I’m only reading Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Sept
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
Oct
Week 22
Week 23
Week 24
Week 25
Week 26
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Thank you! I’m sure now that I’ve read your post that I’d figured that out at some point in the past, but my ‘forum brain’ is clearly rusty!

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Yay a new thread! ^^ Hopefully I will be able to read more this time around.

My goal is to read 君の名は next year, so this year I want to focus on just reading more and continuing to build up more vocabulary/grammar knowledge. For this reason, I will be mostly using Satori Reader to for reading in stead of manga for now!

01/09/2021
I read Sakura and Suzuki Episode 1 and Dialogs: Airport (Asking for Directions to the Check-In Counter) on Satori Reader

Interesting new words:

遊びに行く = to go on a trip; to go out to play; to go and visit (a friend)
忙しい = busy

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I joined the last challenge very late (because of JLPT preparations) and then decided to break the rules again by combining the streak from the two challenges to make the goal 100 days total.
I’m trying not to start anything new now and concentrate on finishing things.

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calendar

June & July & August
June
01 02
03 04 05
July
06 07 08 09
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36
Aug
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38 39 40 41 42 43 44
45 46 47 48 49 50 51
52 53 54 55 56 57 58
59 60 61 62 63 64 65
66 67
Sept
68 69 70 71 72
73 74 75 76 77 78 79
80 81 82 83 84 85 86
87 88 89 90 91 92 93
94 95 96 97
Oct
98 99 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107
108 :paw_prints:

list of things (some were started prior to the challenge)

:heavy_check_mark: 魔界戦記ディスガイア6 (video game) (main story) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: ルーンファクトリー5 (video game) (main story, will continue postgame sometime later) :beach_umbrella:

:heavy_check_mark: 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…4 (light novel) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…5 (light novel) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: カラフル (YA小説 according to Japanese Wikipedia) (with an accompanying audiobook up to 81%) :maple_leaf:

:heavy_check_mark: 不可解なぼくのすべてを3 (BBC manga continued as an offshoot club) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: 不可解なぼくのすべてを4 (BBC manga continued as an offshoot club) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: 不可解なぼくのすべてを5 (BBC manga continued as an offshoot club) :beach_umbrella:

:heavy_check_mark: メタモルフォーゼの縁側1 (manga) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: メタモルフォーゼの縁側2 (manga) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: メタモルフォーゼの縁側3 (manga) :beach_umbrella:
:heavy_check_mark: メタモルフォーゼの縁側4 (manga) :maple_leaf:
:heavy_check_mark: メタモルフォーゼの縁側5 (manga) :maple_leaf:

:heavy_check_mark: 文豪ストレイドッグス21 (manga) :maple_leaf:

dropped
:x: 地縛少年花子くん1 (BBC manga) (at 43%) :beach_umbrella:

ongoing after the challenge
:black_square_button: 授乳 (Sayaka Murata Book Club) → reached story 2/3 :maple_leaf:
:black_square_button: 生命式 (also by Sayaka Murata but not part of book club) → reached story 8/12 :maple_leaf:
:black_square_button: かがみの孤城 上 (children’s literature) → reached 7% :maple_leaf:

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Materials Used
  • 深夜特急 1
  • 手紙
Why I'm Reading

In the “short term” I want to pass the JLPT 2 next summer! For long term, I’ll be moving to the UK for a few years and I want to not only retain the Japanese I’ve learned so far, but continue to cultivate it so I’ll be better then ever when returning to Japan :kissing_smiling_eyes:

Challenge Tips
  • Write down character names on a bookmark/post-it at the front of the book.
  • Keep track of words on my digital dictionary
  • Physically write down words that appear frequently, and try to memorize them
  • Reading everyone’s progress and posting here is the most fun part :two_hearts:
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Ok I’m in. Just started reading それいけズッコケ三人組 which seems pretty achievable so far, both in terms of grammar (N4/N3) and thankfully short chapters, so I’m trying to read one per day.

Sept
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10 11 12
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Oct
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Edit 13 October:
I finished それいけズッコケ三人組 and started another volume in the same series, ズッコケ山賊修業中

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New season reading thread! Thanks for hosting @windupbird :grin:

The articles I read are left to the mercy of おまかせ表示 on wikipedia, or whatever the daily story is on hukumusume - really useful website! - or I just read an article on something that’s sprung to mind… or whatever cute manga has been suggested… honestly it’s all over the place.


九月
:blue_car: :shinto_shrine: :metal: :biohazard:
:orange_circle: :ship: :books: :desert_island: :dolphin: :post_office: :raccoon:
:fox_face: :school_satchel: :bell: :eye: :raccoon: :space_invader: :musical_score:
:prayer_beads: :sake: :full_moon: :smiley_cat: :durtle: :taco: :cat2:
:bear: :muscle: :shell: :deer: :snowflake:
十月
:lips: :purple_circle:
:potable_water: :eye: :mouse: :hot_pepper: :evergreen_tree: :hotsprings: :books:
:guide_dog: :fox_face: :evergreen_tree: :sweet_potato: :mushroom: :deciduous_tree: :mushroom:
:maple_leaf: :oncoming_automobile: :closed_umbrella: :sake: :snake: :dog2: :cheese:
:dragon: :bug: :maple_leaf: :teddy_bear: :snake: :vhs: :footprints:
:japanese_goblin:

If we’re going to continue on here for NOV/DEC I’ll add them in closer to the time because I have a need, a need to read.

Whoa… you can hyperlink emojis!

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Thanks for making one more of these great threads. I totally failed at it last time, so no promises made this time.

I’m just here to root for all you lovelies! Happy reading! :open_book: ^>^ :cat2:

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I wasn’t able to join the Summer challenge but I’m going to try this one :star2:

Sept
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Update : I started school on Sept 13th and work on Sept 27th and at some point I put WK on vacation mode because I was too busy and I was studying Japanese both at school and at work anyway. ^^ I completely failed the challenge but hopefully I’ll get used to my new routine soon and complete the next challenge!!

Bookshelf

What I read during the challenge
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle - volume 2 and 3
  • 僕らの天使ゲーム (still reading)
  • Texts from the 総まとめ N1 textbook
  • Barakamon - volume 1, 2 and 3
  • 月夜のでんしんばしら
  • 君は放課後インソムニア (still reading)
  • 魔術師とよばれた男
  • 最後の一葉 from O. Henry (translated in Japanese, still reading)
  • Barakamon fanbook (still reading)
  • Articles : Japanese cultural event that took place in Paris and current France-Australia issue
  • 海が消える from 佐藤さとる (still reading)
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