September 19th - finished chapter 4 of 大海原と大海原 reading 4 non-trivial pages (+ a few trivial).
This means I’m ~ 3.5 weeks ahead of the book club schedule, I’m still trying to decide if I should read something else and let the book club catch up, or just keep going as this is the most progress I’ve ever made in a manga on my own.
I am going in for surgery on my left arm on the 27th but I’m hoping to maybe keep up my reading during my recovery, but no promises.
Almost forgot to make an update today. I have finished reading through volume 2 of Polar Bear Café Today’s Special. There was an panel where Grizzly says 和気藹々 and the last part makes this a たる adjective. I had not seen this before, was quite interesting to discover on a sunday afternoon. Volume is pretty varied as usual, the coffee stories with Misaki are always kinda fun learning opportunities and also showed up briefly.
Got one more volume left and then I’m caught up with the series.
The conflict continues, Sakemichi insists that Wadanohara has to leave, while Wadanohara says that she looked for him. Sakemichi says that if she won’t leave by herself - he will force her out.
Finished reading 光る葉 chapter, which seems to be a sort of a prologue. I wonder now if a boy and a grandfather from this chapter will show up in later chapters (I guess they will) and, well, who are they in the first place, and also I wonder if these algae have any meaning to the story by themselved, or if it’s a philosophy behind this chapter is what does matter later. Story:: Grandfather tells that when these “glowing leafs” plant seeds, they shortly die, all at once, without exception. The boy, seemingly sad, asks if it means that they die without raising their children , to which grandfather nods and tells that there are unexpectedly a lot of species like this. The boy then asks how the algae died, because he finds it weird that you would die by laying an egg, and asks if it’s an egg what kills it. Grandfarther says that it’s not the egg, but “the seed of illness”, and that this “seed” exists in every living creature, proceeding that if you can win over it - you’ll live, but if you don’t - you die, and that’s how it is with everything.
Read three pages today and yesterday! Today’s pages went so much faster because we are back with ボンボン and ナコ, and they are having a big fight, because ナコ wants to teach ボンボン tricks, and ボンボン says that his (? actually not at all sure what ボンボン’s gender is… and it feels weird to use pronouns for ボンボン!! This is such an interesting aspect of reading in Japanese!) anyway, ボンボン’s mother said corgi’s should think for themselves, and ボンボン is not going to do a trick just because ナコ said, and maybe ナコ should do the trick if she wants to do tricks so badly. I was entertained.
Edit to add fun phrases
由緒正しい・ゆいしょただしい・having an ancient and honorable origin
役に立つ・やくにたつ・to be helpful
ありとあらゆる・every conceivable; every single; every possible; all kinds of
→ context: ありとあらゆる悪口
明かす = あかす many meanings but in today’s episode was “to spend”, as in spending the night (without sleeping).
I couldn’t read yesterday, finally. I would actually like to use this opportunity to my advantage, to interiorize that even if it won’t be that sweet 100% completion, the challenge keeps going and there’s still a very wide range of benefits to reap from it. I need to embrace “failure” more often in my life, so I hope this is a good opportunity to work on getting rid of the toxic perfectionist mentality, while still keeping the healthy one of pushing oneself in a realistic and wholesome way.
Day 19: September 19
What did I read?: 夜は猫といっしょ Vol 1
How much did I read?: 32 pages
How long did it take me?: 26 min
Omg it’s so late, frick, I gotta write this post and get out of here, why did I spend hours writing an essay on a different thread
So basically the premise of this manga is “cat does weird cat things” and I love it <3 The cat is so cute, his name is キュルガ now because the main kid’s sister was taking pics of the cat and the pattern of its fur apparently read like a QR code to her phone camera, it was all “do you want to scan this code” xD The name comes from キューアールがぞう
This was a random between-chapters illustration but it gave me such joy
The cat kinda looks like a bunny to me for some reason, why is it so cute xD
二次元コード - two-dimensional code (of which QR codes are a type - I also learned that term for the first time in English today )
読み取る - to scan (a barcode)
撫でる (なでる) - to stroke; to caress; to brush gently; to pat; to rub
神経 (しんけい) - nerve
弄り (いじり) - meddling; fumbling; fondling; playing around with something (written in kana, but the kanji is cute so I kept it lol)
Friday I had a looong day of socialising (!!! a rare treat these days!) so just read a few pages of こぐまケーキ屋さん before bed.
Saturday I sat in the garden to read and my mobile battery was dead so I plugged it in to charge in the house and decided to try reading without a dictionary. I understood the narrative, but there were a couple of nouns that I just couldn’t deduce from the context including one that seemed fairly central to the plot.
Sunday I read some new cookery books and marked up pages of recipes I want to cook with some リラックマ page markers that I bought on Friday, and then made a new spinach and tofu recipe for dinner.
Today I had conversation class before work and so didn’t read until lunchtime. I re-read the chapter from Saturday but looking up words this time. Turns out the word I didn’t know - 貝塚 - means shell heap or kitchen midden. I feel like this is one of those words I either won’t see again for 10 years or will weirdly find coming up all over the place.
DYING. Also glad it’s not just me who feels obliged to put things on their cat’s tiny head.