Yesterday I read a pathetic quarter of a page today I read first thing in the morning (which used to be my regular routine). I aimed for one page and ended up reading two! Normally if I’m this unenthused about finishing a book I’ll just drop it, but I’ve already read almost 200 (okay 190) pages, and there are only about 20 (okay 30) more, so I really want to finish and get that satisfaction.
Actual Mushroom Day
There was a link on yesterday’s-today’s anniversary page to the 日本特用林産振興会.
Something like “The Japanese Forest-Produce Promotional Association”.
Which looks like it has a load of information about the mushrooms and plants of Japan for foraging and the like, so you can be safe (and nourished!) in the woods and countryside.
And there’s also this: きのこの専門家 - which is such a cool job title…
「 あぁ！！！ あなたはだれ？！！？」
「<< 俺はきのこの専門家 >>」
[Epic sounds of thundering mushrooms]
To become one you have to be selected by the supreme mushroom leaders (there’s a mushroom president), and there’s also this sentence: これまでに200名余のアドバイザーが誕生し - I know the meaning here isn’t literally “so far over 200 (mushroom) advisors have been born” but it’s too amusing to imagine there’s a secret mushroom society in the Japanese forests birthing mushroom people to teach the general public about the glory of mushrooms (and convert them into mushroom brethren).
It tells you here how you can apply and train your way up the mushroom ladder.
Also noticed something here that is pretty useful, when things (like these application forms) have a list of things you need and list them as (A), (B), (C), (D). etc., here the Japanese uses (ア), (イ), (ウ), (エ).
Wait, I’ve spent all this time getting excited about how to become a mushroom expert I’ve not even gotten onto the actual main part of the site, you know, the foraging and info part that I was interested in learning and now it’s time to make dinner… I don’t know how this happened.
Oh yeah, also read 4 pages of この音 today
~ New Words ~
普及 (ふきゅう) - diffusion / popularization … this is on WK.
積極的 (せっきょくてき) - Proactive / Assertive
啓蒙活動 (けいもうかっどう) - Information Campaign / Awareness Program
健康食品 (けんこうしょくひん) - Health Foods
紅葉狩り (もみじがり) - Autumn Leaf Viewing/Hunting: can be written as 紅葉狩 too and still pronounced the same.
専門家 (せんもんか) - Specialist / Expert
I suppose “an ear growing in the grass” does make a bit of sense
That second picture of キュルガ is too cute that little pudding face
日本語: I read a fair amount of 伯爵と妖精 20.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ふしぎの国のバード.
中国語: I read 避免迟到.
October 15 Today I got cyclopentolate dripped into my eyes, that was fun - couldn’t see anything up close clearly today
・Honzuki 6. (55% → 57%)
Still managed to get a tiny read done before that :3
Day 45: Today I read another five pages of よつば＆！
- 水晶球 = すいしょうきゅう crystal ball (of a magician).
- ごく = quite, very.
- 物質 = ぶっしつ matter, substance, material.
- 仲介者 = ちゅうかいしゃ mediator, go-between.
- 霊界 = れいかい the spiritual world.
- 解読 = かいどく deciphering, decoding (not to be confused with 読解 reading comprehension).
- 見返り = みかえり reward, compensation.
- 飲み干す = のみほす to drink up, to drain (cup).
- 魔力 = まりょく magical powers, supernatural powers, spell, charm.
Day 45: October 15
What did I read?: 夜は猫といっしょ Vol 2
How much did I read?: 22 pages
How long did it take me?: 10 min
A very tiny read today, as I was working late.
Wow, it was hard to pick just a few favorite panels today, though xD
キュルガ + suitcases
Looking like the cutest scarf ever
Love this panel - looking all innocent like “what? I’m just walking”
荷造り (にづくり) - packing
津々 (しんしん) - gushing; overflowing; everlasting; unfailing; endless
天敵 (てんてき) - natural enemy
切ない (せつない) - painful; heartrending
picks up mushrooms again with great vigor
…I was born of the mushrooms.
The mushrooms are my kin.
For some reason, this was what came out of my brain when I read that and now I’m thinking it belongs at the start of an epic LOTR-style mushroom adventure. …Or on someone’s application form
Idk why I am like this
Honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen this one on its own. 興味津々 and 津々浦々 I’ve seen countless times, but nice find on that one by itself. Caught yourself a rare Pokemons ^^
looks back at the panel
Oh crap it was all one word omg
Haaaaa I’m really dumb, literally why did I not realize that, it even says it right there in the Jisho entry for 津々
It was not a Mewtwo, it was a Rattata, everyone
Well I learned something today
4 pages today!
There’s a load of info here (on the mushroom page) about fungi’s role in the ecosystem, cultivation, history, safety… a lot of info. I’ve only managed to read a bit.
Found a list of the mushrooms you can grow and what sort of habitats they need, and there’s a list of each and how to cook them for maximum tasty (there’s also a danger-shroom section). But I don’t think I can make it through it all, my head is now so full of all the mushroom names and mushroomy knowledge, that my brain has become like the mushy, filamentous skin of a mushroom.
~ New Words ~
糸状 (しじょう) - String like / Filamentous
大正 (たいしょう) - Taisho Era (1912-1926)
Shroom Words (there's a lot)
菌類 (きんるい) - Fungus / Fungi
松茸 (まつたけ) - Matsutake Mushroom
滑子 (なめこ) - Nameko Mushroom
担子菌類 (たんしきんるい) - Basidiomycetes (Fungi family group)
冬虫夏草 (とうちゅうかそう) - Caterpillar Fungus
チャワンタケ - Pezizomycotina
編笠茸 (あみがさたけ) - Common Morel
菌糸体 (きんしたい) - Mycelium
えのき茸 (えのきたけ) (榎茸) - Enoki Mushroom (those fun long ones that are really quite tasty)
ひら茸 (ひらたけ) (平茸) - Oyster Mushroom (these are tasty)
種菌 (しゅきん) - “The Mother Shroom”, not entirely sure there’s a direct translation for this, but it’s fungal colony they use to start fermentation - the Starter Culture. There is kind of a word! - Inoculum.
純粋培養 (じゅんすいばいよう) - Pure Culture
マッシュルーム - Common Mushroom - the Japanese name is literally just “Mushroom”
原木栽培 (げんばくさいばい) - Log Cultivation
菌床栽培 (きんしょうさいばい) - (Mushroom) Bed Cultivation
あらげ木耳 (あらげきたけ) (荒毛木耳 / 粗毛木耳) - Cloud Ear Fungus …this… is edible…?
橅湿地 (ぶなしめじ) - Brown Beech Mushroom (these are pretty good)
Listing all these mushrooms is giving me flashbacks of playing Metal Gear Solid 3 and feeding Snake all the mushrooms you find in the woods and him remarking how tasty they all are well… most of them.
Pretty sure this is more than enough to qualify you to become a… きのこの専門家
My brain also went on a similar epic fantasy mushroom adventure
Oh yes, it‘s fairly common in Chinese dishes - would be surprised if you hadn’t eaten them actually
It‘s the brown-black bits; they also go by their Chinese name „Mu Err“ in Germany.
For the challenge:
Oct 15th (take two): Yesterday I decided to read this week’s Beginner Book Club short story in the evening, and even later, when I went to bed, I felt too tired / unfocused to finish my reviews, so I decided to juuust read a few more pages of Demon Slayer - ok I finally stopped after 20 pages
Oct 16th: Read like 12 more pages of Demon Slayer (now up to p. 49). Now I really need to go back to my grammar studies
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 20. All praise to メースフィールド公爵夫人.
中国語: I read 窗户.
How are you finding it? Know you mentioned it’s generally not your kind of thing
As you can surely tell from my below comments, I know nothing about the manga other than that it was turned into an anime recently and everybody went crazy about it.
So far (i.e. close to the end of chapter 1) the overall plot is a bit … simple and predictable I guess? Like okay, dude’s family got killed, sister is now a demon, suddenly an unknown but of course omnipotent demon slayer appears and rescues him from sister’s attack - now I’m speculating that MC will become his apprentice, learn how to slay demons, will cure his sister and take revenge for his family. I guess (I mean, it’s a shounen manga after all and that’s totally okay.)
But there are lots of things I really like about it so far:
- The art is pretty nice because it’s realistic and unobtrusive
- I really liked the medieval atmosphere at the start, and getting a glimpse into people’s lives at the time
- The text is super readable for me and I don’t have to look up many words, which is a nice diversion from my usual books (ok until that demon slayer appears who speaks like a medieval book or something )
- The tension was very well-built - gripping, but not too horrifying (I’m very sensitive to that, and I was reading parts of it at night while being alone, which wouldn’t work for me if the horror level was too high). Let’s hope it stays that way
All in all so far it’s an entertaining and easy-ish read which is already everything I could ask for
October 16 Not much time for reading today
・Honzuki 6. (57% → 58%)
hahaha yes you’re really not far off. I would agree that it’s not super innovative plot wise but kind of just does the shonen formulas really really well. I do think that Tanjiro is quite a nice contrast in his gentleness/kindness to your kind of typical shonen protag which I do appreciate. But yeah, mainly it’s just good fun!
I remember having the exact same experience!
Final Fantasy XIV
- 古びる = ふるびる to look old, to get old.
- 染色 = せんしょく dyeing, staining, dyed colour.
Another uninteresting update, I don’t have anything fancy to say ;-; . I haven’t done Satori Reader in a while, but I don’t actually miss it much. I think it’s safe to say that the story I’m reading this time hasn’t hooked me, a pity considering the other ones I’ve read were really nice. I’m not sure if I should just drop it and start a new one or just consume other things until I feel like doing Satori Reader again, which is what I’m doing right now. I’m happy that video games are the thing that currently grab my interest so so much, I think it’s what I enjoy doing the most, especially now that I’ve been fighting the feeling of never feeling good enough for them. But they get so, so much easier after a little while that they become really fun. But I guess that could be said about any resource.
Lol rip, ah well, realistically you learned something that’ll come in a lot more handy then, so not a bad deal!
Day 46: Today I read another 4 pages of よつば＆！
Day 46: October 16
What did I read?: 夜は猫といっしょ Vol 2
How much did I read?: 20 pages - finished the volume
How long did it take me?: IIIIIII forgot to time it, probably like 15 min?
Busy day today…lots of cleaning to do before my family visits next weekend So it was キュルガ for me today. As I finished this volume, I realized that there are stickers tucked away in the back of it :o Little キュルガ stickers <3 …Like 99% of the stickers that come into my possession, I will probably never use them But they’re super cute.
掠る (かする) - to graze (e.g. bullet); to scratch; to touch lightly (was written in kana but )
おっちょこちょい - careless person; scatterbrain; birdbrain; hasty person
心地良い (ここちよい) - comfortable; pleasant