📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

Big same! Most of the Japanese accounts I follow on Twitter are making tokimeki memorial girls side 4 fancomics or talking about it and they are usually very accessible and fun cos I know the characters etc.


26th of April
Day 26

Read pages 30-34 of かがみの孤城, which took me an hour. Don’t really have much to say but I’m finally making some good progress again.


Days 16-21, 23-26 :seedling:

Woah time goes fast!!

I did miss one day. There were two days were I barely read anything–just a paragraph–but I’m gonna give myself those because this isn’t a “read a lot everyday” challenge.

In this time, I have read
• Chapters 4 and 5 of 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん
• Only a couple more pages in 透明カメレオン
• took an easy day to read a little children’s picture book

Looks like I’ll be doing make-up day(s) at the end of this challenge! That is, unless I build the habit of reading everyday permanently like some people seem to have :durtle_noice:

:cherry_blossom::house_with_garden: My Home Post :house_with_garden::cherry_blossom:


I need to constantly keep reminding myself of that :sweat_smile:


Hey all! I have…not been reading every day. I went back to work post-covid and I almost miss the halcyon days of fever and coughing because I got a ton of reading done in that time! As opposed to now where I just feel tired and crappy all day and then go to sleep for 10 hours. I’m just about keeping on top of my SRS by doing no new lessons but that’s pretty much it. I had my first Japanese class in a month and made some very odd sentences because I kept forgetting simple words like house and year.

I was going to come in and here and say I’m bowing out and I’ll see you all in the summer challennge…but I think I’m going to give it one more go and start afresh from 1 May. Going to spend the next few days looking through the books I have and figuring out what would be a fun, easy, sustainable book to read over the next month.


:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220426 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XXVI: ネコ岳の化けネコ :black_cat:

Read today’s hyakumonogatari, which is about cats again, this time a whole mountain of cat.

A travelling merchant gets lost in the mountains, he hears a ニャー!as if from nowhere and follows it. But this is no normal cat, this is Nekodake, big bad ghost cat of the mountain realm. He finds a mansion in the middle of the mountain and asks to stay the night - but neither is he safe here, for it is a mansion of Nekodake’s cat-minions. They try to trick him into having a bath were the water is magic cat water and will turn him into a cat. Luckily one of the cats (a calico again!) recognises him and tells him to flee.

You can never escape, the Nyaoutain

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

New Things

本格的「ほんかくてき」ー Genuine; Authentic; Real
親玉「おやだま」ー Boss; Head

阿蘇山「あそざん」ー Mt. Aso, Kumamoto prefecture


I updated my brand new study log - not sure if I should cross-post? cause I want to share with you all of course. I’ll give it a try and blur the review, it doesn’t really have spoilers or anything, but just in case.


Edit to add a reply:

Aww, it warms my heart to be referred to as a member of the Tanuki Cuteness Brigade. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I just have to order my copy of 雨と君 to make it official. :stuck_out_tongue:


I finished “The Tortoise and the Hare” story. Here are my favorite pictures from when the hare sees he’s losing.


Hi all, I’m just dropping by to say I’m alive but not reading Japanese every day. I’m studying for my exams 10-11 hours per day, + ~1 hour of SRS so I don’t read unless I feel that is how I want to relax, which it usually isn’t.

Anyway, happy birthday to everyone I’ve missed :tada::birthday::balloon:


Good luck on those exams!


Summary post :bookmark:

April 26th :seedling:

・薬屋のひとりごと (61% → 63%)

Almost finished chapter 22. It’s already late, so sleep sleep time :zzz: Tomorrow will hopefully be not as busy.


I love these summaries; you read some of the most amusing sounding things there!

Haha, that’s great too. I just love when people post pictures here.

Summary post

I knew I’d be a little shorter on time today, so I tried to stay focused and work through, and I managed 7000 characters in what I’m pretty sure was less than 2 hours. 1:45 maybe? Maybe only 1:30. I should try paying attention.

But hey, today was really good! I’m not fully through Kamome’s route but the big turning point hit and I think I see what it’s doing now. I actually feel really silly for not expecting some of this, but I dunno, I’ve never been one to make big predictions about where most media is going. I’m usually just settled in for the ride and putting my attention on how it’s conveying the stuff it’s currently doing. In a sense, a lot of what I think is up now was foreshadowed well. I think I like this route a lot.

Today's image is really obliquely a spoiler... I'm just playing it super safe. On the other hand, it's also a picture of cute cartoon cats of a sort, so I recommend it if you're not bothered by the vague implications it has towards this route's twist

I’m starting to feel noticeably a lot better at reading again. I think I’m finally going through my next big “wait, reading is easier” thing that hits every month or two. Some lines are just coming to me right away that would’ve been unthinkable before, actually very little was particularly hard today. About the only sentence I really needed to spend a moment puzzling through was (also a moderate Kamome route spoiler) “入り江には、海賊船ではなく、海賊船のなり損ないみたいな壊れた帆船があった。” And that’s primarily just because I didn’t know about 損なう’s use as an aux verb.

Much appreciation to the read every day challenge for keeping me focused :slightly_smiling_face: . If I’m as close to the end of this one as I think I am, I’m rather pleased with how I’m starting to move through this VN quicker. I started this route only 6 days ago.

Oh yeah, cool new word. 手品 (てじな), magic trick/sleight of hand/etc.


April 23rd-26th :cherry_blossom: :cat2: :cherry_blossom: (Days 23-26)

Home post

The deadline is a thing of the past, I managed to submit a somewhat reasonable report. I’ve continued reading 小さな闇 on the 23rd and 24th. And I had read an NHK news article today. As for yesterday (the 25th) - I literally have no recolection of yesterday… That all-nighter really messed me up, man am I tired.

I’ve noticed a lot of birthday wishes as I was scrolling through the thread, catching up on what everyone’s been up to - so Happy (belated) Birthday to the peeps I missed :cat2: :birthday: :cat2: Hope you had wonderful days~

@dunlewy & @NicoleRauch Had to do some googling again, and damn! I think I had found a new obsession - learning about old cemeteries. But honestly, I don’t think we have anything even remotely as cool back at home so not only have I not seen something like this before, I didn’t even know they existed. They look like some miniature, grotesque cities. I can’t stop looking at them.

Damn, that sounds tough - bestest of luck with the exams! :cat2: :cat2: :cat2:


April 26th!

Today I read a bit of 鋼の錬金術師 with a friend. We read 5 pages, finishing off the first chapter. We decided to move on to something else for our next call and settled on the tsubasa bunko edition of 君の名は, which should be fun :slight_smile:

I also read a few more pages of ふしぎねこのきゅーちゃん, which is very cute and wholesome.

(Home Post)


I’m looking at tomorrow’s book and it another one of the policeman stories. I love those! Ryou the officer is so funny! I might start it tonight if I have time. I’m looking forward to another good police story. I wonder what adventure he will have this time.


Summary Post

April 26
Final Fantasy VII

  • 旅費 = りょひ travelling expenses.
  • 解明 = かいめい elucidation, unravelling, understanding.
  • 旅先 = たびさき trip destination.
  • 変身 = へんしん metamorphosis, transformation.
  • 生き抜く = いきぬく to live through, to survive.
  • 女房 = にょうぼう (one’s own) wife.


Summary Post

Day 26: April 26th
What did I read?: クマとたぬき
How much did I read?: 24 pages
How long did it take me?: 22 min

Finished this volume today~
Ignoring the stress pile that is my life in favor of tanuki + bear
Tell me this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve seen in your whole life

Dancing tanuki :sob:

Good words
  • 樹氷 (じゅひょう) - frost on trees; hoarfrost (on trees); frost-covered trees
  • 里山 (さとやま) - undeveloped woodland near populated area
  • 腰が抜ける (こしがぬける) - to be unable to stand; to be weak in the knees; to be paralyzed (e.g. with fear) (paralysed); to be dumbfounded

April 26

Read another graded reader. I didn’t understand the key words but the gist is a girl visits Japan and has a good time thanks to round-glasses-wearing Ryoubo-san. You’re not suppose to look up definitions when doing tadoku; just keep going and using the pictures and context clues to guide you. So something I’ll probably have to revisit later. Maybe the necessary kanji will turn up in WK lessons.

Progress on Tadoku graded readers
44 / 44 level-zeros
12 / 12 level-ones
5 /10 level-twos
x / 18 level-threes


April 26th (Calendar Post)

私の拳をうけとめて! => 64 pages

Kept getting interrupted in the middle of reading so I couldn’t properly measure my reading time >.<

More frowning-girl panels ^.^



Some random vocabulary from today’s reading:


April 26 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

Not a big reading day today; I was pretty busy and thus pretty tired by the time I could read, so no Zero Escape today. Instead I impulse-read the first page of ツルネ mostly just to check off the box :man_shrugging: Hopefully tomorrow will be more active!