📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

I read the whole book, 14 pages, today. This one was very easy. Ryou, the policeman, biked all over town helping different children. A bunch of kids are screaming at him to help get a cat out of the tree. He climbs up, the cat jumps down, and Ryou falls out of the tree and breaks his leg, to the dismay of the officer who has to take his place while Ryou heals.

New words:

助けて Help!

達 pluralizing suffix for people and animals

早い quick, fast, rapid, swift


Also, her name sounds like リス, but instead of a squirrel, somehow she is more a cute hamster in my mind.
(edit) wait, you mean the actual princess baby. Well, never mind, then. I’m still keeping the picture though.

Thank you. My reaction too. Also, I don’t remember how I calculated that, but based on the former 皇后’s appearance, she must have gave birth to the current emperor when she was ~10. (猫猫 even commented on “good job giving birth at that age”).

That also told me how much 猫猫 is an unreliable narrator. So far, I always believed her when she said she is “plain looking”, but based on everyone’s reaction, that’s not the case.

Haha, yes. Well, mostly by making them realize she is, in fact, here.


すべてがfになる is a series?! I thought it was a standalone novel? At least, the anime made it seem that way.


This isn’t really reading, but I’m going to see how many Memrise deck terms I can “learn” in an hour

31 minutes in: Currently at 75 words, although I don’t know where I started (maybe 5 words?). Got hungry so I’m taking a break
55 minutes in: Have to stop because it’s time for dinner. 120 words total.



This morning was shaping up that today was gonna be a bad day, but today was Mod Pizza for lunch, and also my package got here this afternoon (well, that is certainly by tomorrow evening!), so it still kinda balances out. This week really seems like it’s “clumsy in the kitchen” week or whatever though. Earlier this week I burned my pointer finger on the rim of a pan, and today I cut my pinky making a sandwich at work. At least it’s almost over. Just two more days.

星だけ also came with a postcard-sized print! No idea what I’m gonna do with it lol I did not expect to get one.

I had the idea this morning to, when I read next 4 years, count how many lines I read and divide them by how many lines are on a page in the physical novels since they’re only slightly longer and get my pages read that way… but I don’t wanna count them lmao, that ain’t happening.

Today I ended up reading the last 3 chapters of GREEN! It was a good series; I’m glad I decided to give it a chance.

Huh, again with 地 being written as ぢ! It wasn’t spoken this time, though. Wako-chan developed painful hemorrhoids from heavy lifting (rather, they came back) the day before their wedding, and…

I think I’m starting to get the hang of しか, too. She’s doing fine after Makoto gets her some treatment, but the pain flares up again during the ceremony, and… 耐えるしかない!! There’s nothing for it but to endure!! (I think.)

Well, after all that (and work), I’m tired but I still wanna read so I thought I’d just read some more Holy Cow, but I was too curious and ended up picking up 星だけが知ってる today anyway. The art is sooo pretty. I wouldn’t call it particularly text-heavy, but like, after all of today seeing all that kinda made my brain wanna shut down (which is why I was just gonna read in English!! but noooo), although once I actually started reading, it wasn’t that bad. I read the first chapter, and it was pretty great. Oh, this poor MC. He worked part-time at an izakaya that had to close today because the store owner was arrested, plus his girlfriend since high school (he’s a college student now) broke up with him, and now he’s lost in a park because he was thinking while walking and not paying attention where he’s going, he stumbles upon a stranger watching the meteor shower, unloads all of this onto the stranger when he asks why he came here if it wasn’t to watch the shower, gets kissed by the stranger, and runs off again without paying attention where he’s going and somehow finds himself back where he needs to be, and he’s like, “Nope, can’t deal with this, I have surpassed my limit for today.” And then he discovers he’s lost his wallet. And then later when he stops at a café after completing an interview for a new part-time job, who does he find works there but the stranger who kissed him whom he’d thought he’d never see again!! This guy can’t catch a friggin’ break lmao. I wanna read more but I’m too sleepy.

Y’know, I’ve never felt, starting a new series, like I’ve had to kinda “relearn how to read” or whatever like a lot of people talk about? Sure I’ve gotta make some minor adjustments at first as I get used to the author’s style, but that’s it, no different than adjusting to a new author’s style in English.

Anyway, I hadn’t really thought about it before, but like, I can totally buy doujinshi now. I mean, I already have a few BSD ones that I bought in college but couldn’t read (3 kunikidazai and 1 odazai; I’ll have to find some time to try reading them now), but I can buy more! I particularly wanna try and get some of Gusari’s KNB and HQ!! ones. 群青の写真 especially stuck with me. I don’t even particularly like Oikawa all that much, but just, idk, I love it. I love the feeling of her stories.

Some vocab of note:

一筋 (ひとすじ) [suffix] earnest; resolute; intent; devoted; single-minded. (Wait, did I do this one already?)
流星群 (りゅうせいぐん) [noun] meteor shower. I already knew this one, I just like it (I love space lol)
未明 (みめい) [adverbial noun] early dawn; grey of morning
天文 (てんもん) [noun] astronomy


Summary Post

Day 22: April 22nd
What did I read?: クマとたぬき
How much did I read?: 19 pages
How long did it take me?: 21 min

Ugh, where did the time go today :sweat_smile: At least I got a little more reading in than yesterday lol

Open for tanuki and bear cuteness!

Good words
  • ほたるぶくろ - bellflower
  • 背負う (せおう) - to carry on one’s back
  • つつぬけ - being overheard; being leaked (e.g. secrets)​ (can also mean going in one ear and out the other)
  • くっつき虫 (くっつきむし) - bur (prickly seeds or seedheads that stick to fur and clothes)
  • 負ぶう (おぶう) - to carry (a child) on one’s back

This is legitimately one of my favorite phrases :joy: So vivid


April 22th (Calendar Post)

Bookclub Friday yey~

からかい上手の高木さん => 16 pages (12 min)
それでも歩は寄せてくる => 20 pages (21 min)
シメジ シミュレーション => 12 pages (40 min)
Flying Witch => 28 pages

Some fun panels from today:




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㋃22 – Day 22

  • ジョジョの奇妙な冒険

back to regular JoJo and the right date, I read 105-111 of vol 3. I was really about to fall asleep while reading. It’s been a long day/week and I finally got in the proper amount of sleep last night.

I’d really like to read the rest of the 80 pages left in vol 3 today, but we’ll see how it goes. I’d like to start vol 4 a bit early.


Can relate :blush: Actually I‘d be super surprised if anybody could guess that mystery haha, such a convoluted story :exploding_head:
Are you planning to read further in the series? And maybe even catch up to the book club? :star_struck: It’s still doable, we‘ll start vol. 4 in two months!

Yes, it’s a series of 10 books. The stories are independent, but the main characters Saikawa and Moe are the same throughout, and we also see some of the other persons occasionally (e.g. Saikawa‘s secretary). But they are really meant to be readable on their own, e.g. Saikawa‘s and Moe‘s background stories are briefly explained in each book. Of course there is some character development for them but so far it has been super slow. Therefore it’s no problem to skip one or more of the books. We even have a book club for the series: Saikawa & Moe (S&M) Series Reading Club


Not an update. Just something to come back to later.
Unfortunately I have to leave the idea of maintaining the streak. I was not able to read anything neither yesterday nor today, and I’m sure it will stay the same for the next few days. Its literally the worst timing to have a choke in a life, for sure.

Oh and as additional annoyance, I’m away from my notebook, I just had an absolutely atrocious review session with mobile app but I’m hellbent on maintaining at least the reviews for now.

I’ll see you guys later :two_hearts:


I hope your birthday doesn’t count as „annoyance“ or „bad timing“ :sweat_smile: Happy Birthday anyways, and happy for you to join Team April! :tada::birthday::sparkles::rainbow:


:shamrock: :blossom: :seedling: Link to Home Thread :seedling: :sheep: :shamrock:

Weeeell, and here I thought Manga weren’t really my preferred reading material:

I feel like I could read a volume a day, but want to pace myself on purpose (I have a tendency to binge and then suffer from not getting other stuff done, oopsie :sheep: ). We just talked about it in another thread, but ハピネス isn’t really text heavy and does a lot of story telling through the visuals, so I’m a bit unsure how much Japanese practice it really is. But then again, who cares. I’m having fun and I’m still reading a lot more Japanese text than I usually would :blossom:


Yeah, I’m thinking that I’ll try and catch up for volume 4 :muscle: Should be doable I think, even with my tendency to get distracted :sweat_smile:

& happy birthday @daikirai :tada::partying_face::tada::partying_face: hope you have a lovely day!


Day 22 :heavy_check_mark: :cat2:

三毛猫ホームズの推理 ~88% to 96%

Day 23 :heavy_check_mark: :cat2:

三毛猫ホームズの推理 completed! :tada: :smile_cat:

Early update today, because I just couldn’t stop reading before I finished the book! :cat2:

Overall I’m really happy with this book. It had mystery, suspense, twists, humour, and an awesome cat - what more could anyone ask for? Some complaints I had during reading were actually addressed within the book and they were handled well after all, at least in my opinion - nothing felt too far-fetched or too out-of-left-field, yet there were twists and surprises till the very end. I was indeed absolutely right in my deduction :tada: so the (semi)final twist wasn’t really surprising, but it was a complex book with many moving parts, so knowing something ahead of time didn’t spoil the fun at all. (I wonder how the clue was handled in translation - the book isn’t translated into English, but there are translations in other languages out there.)The rest of the revelations all had also crossed my mind at some point, but only fleetingly, so while they weren’t shocking as such they were still surprising. I’d happily read more of the 三毛猫 series, and more 赤川 in general. I really liked his style of writing too, although I understand that it differs a lot in other books of his.

Fun words and expressions

未練がましい - not knowing when to let go, unwilling to resign
焼きもちを焼く - to be jealous
一巻の終わり - the end of the line, the end of the road (“finish in one volume”)
疑いを抱く - to harbour suspicion
口を滑らす - to make a slip of the tongue, to blurt out without thinking
頭を抱える - to be at wits’ end, to be perplexed
猿ぐつわをかます - to gag someone
くぐもった声 - muffled voice
手が込む - to be intricate, to be elaborate
危ない橋を渡る - to walk on thin ice, to take risks (“to cross a dangerous bridge”)
とぼける - to play dumb, to play innocent
目をつぶる - to shut your eyes, to pretend not to know, to ignore
狂言 - farce between noh plays or as an interlude of a noh play, trick, ruse
金目当て - doing something for money
陥れる - to trap (into a difficult situation), to lure (into a trap), to frame (for a crime)
目を盗む - to do without being seen, to do behind someone’s back
巻き起こす - to create a sensation, to give rise to controversy
柄にもなく - out of character
宙に浮く - to be unsettled/undecided/unfinished (“float in the air”)
きまりが悪い - embarrassed, ashamed

If I do find some more time today I guess I’ll use it to catch up with the book clubs, and then from tomorrow I’ll need to decide what to read next. :smiley:


April 23, Sat :cherry_blossom: home post

Week 4 of Spring 2022’s summary

I let a week get past without doing much. I can give an excuse of letting my Japanese learning drag on for so long, but so what?

Also, I don’t yet call this week a loss, as I still have 1 day left. (My week counting ends on Sunday.)

Anyway, today, I read Death Note :notebook: Vol.3 Ch.10 as promised, and also Death Note :notebook: Vol.3 Ch.11; as well as Night Cafe :shrimp: Ch.3. This is what cramming overnight overday is like.

In particular for Night Cafe :shrimp:, not too hard when I focus on vocabularies, keeping some intricacies / grammars for later. (I don’t really look up vocabularies either, just make a list.) I will probably re-read. Though, I will need to move on quickly, as Ch. 4 have started.

That list

As for a vocabulary list, I have just learnt to send Yomichan to Anki today; which is more convenient than Akebi, as I am on a laptop with keyboard and touchpad, and full version of Anki; as well as when a vocabulary is added from Yomichan, I can immediately edit in Anki and add additional notes. (When the vocabulary already exist, I edit or add tag, to move it to the top of the “modified” list.)


My biggest recommendations from what I’ve read of him so far are おやすみ、夢なき子 and 夜警. The first book has much darker themes, but it was so good I couldn’t put it down. The second one is less dark and has some supernatural elements.

Also you weren’t shocked by 片山’s sister stealing his money for an abortion?! That hit me out of nowhere.


Thanks for the recommendations, I’ll definitely check them out. I don’t mind darker themes, but I’m not sure about supernatural elements, it really depends on my mood and how they’re handled. I’ll read the samples and see, I guess, but that’s for later. It’s still fairly early in my Japanese reading journey, so I want to mix up writing styles as much as possible to keep me on my toes.

Okay, I never predicted that, but I didn’t spend much thought on that particular small mystery either. It didn’t shock me though. It was obvious there was something going on with her, and I’m just glad it wasn’t anything darker than that (because of course, (ending spoilers!) having your lover be revealed to be a serial killer and then committing suicide (not clear if she witnessed that too) after you just aborted his baby is not all that bad, right? :sweat_smile:. I guess the body count was so high that after a while I started being surprised only when people survived. :joy:


23rd of April
Day 23

Just kind of reread more and tried to make more sense of かがみの孤城 today. Even though I understand what’s been happening so far well enough (I think), I can’t quite get the timeline of the events.

What I think it is so far

The prologue, I assume, is of the time period that is after the story’s ending. The narrator is recounting memories that are yet to happen in the book.

Chapter 1 (五月)
Kokoro is in her room, before attending the new school, having a flashback about a time when she was in primary school, about ミカワ青果’s truck.
She then has another flashback to two days before the ‘present’, which is when she felt like she could go to the school she had visited with her mum. But when she woke up that morning her stomach was hurting. (Not well-written English, just a rough translation. Sorry)
For the next few pages she recounts the interaction between her and her mother that day, and her mother informing the school that Kokoro won’t be able to attend.

Then… flashback to her touring the school?? And then a return to ‘reality,’ where her mother tells her to go to bed if her stomach is hurting.

And then she wakes up at 3pm and starts to eat the bento she was supposed to have at school, and after that, there is another flashback to her and her mother touring the school.

I don’t even know if all this is correct. My mind still isn’t fully connecting the dots. Writing it out has helped though, lol.

Only minimal progress today, but that’s okay.


:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220423 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XXIII: 浄瑠璃寺 :pray:

Read about Jōruri-ji temple, which is in Kizugawa, Kyoto prefecture.

:seedling: Japanese found in the tall grass :seedling:

New Things

後期「こうき」ー Latter period; second half; late stage
修行僧「しゅぎょうそう」ー Ascetic monk; trainee monk
「いおり」ー Hermitage; retreat
廃寺「はいじ」ー Ruined temple; abandoned temple
中心「ちゅうしん」ー Centre; at the heart of something
重要文化財「じゅうようぶんかざい」ー Important cultural property/asset
梵字「ぼんじ」ー Siddham alphabet
世情「せじょう」ー Human nature; the ways of the world
檜皮葺「ひわだぶき」ー Cypress bark roof

New Kanji
「やね」ー Peak; summit (more commonly seen as: 峰)

小田原「おだわら」ー Odawara, Kanagawa precture

聖武天皇「しょうむてんのう」ー Emperor Shoumu (724-749 CE)
阿弥陀仏「あみだぶつ」ー Amitabha (a celestial Buddha)

@daikirai , happy birthday!! :birthday: