📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

I’ve only read the first volume of ハピネス and things develop very slowly indeed, so I don’t think I can have a rounded opinion on the author’s style yet, but I don’t think he goes for wholesome, and I wouldn’t expect things to get better (although I couldn’t guess how much worse they’d get either.) So far we have had (ハピネス volume 1 spoilers and possible triggers?) a masturbation scene triggered by a panty shot, unrelated to anything in the plot so far, an assault that looked very much sexual (although it was actually triggered by thirst for blood) which was waved off by the almost-victim as something normal and maybe even welcome, and vampiric instincts being awakened by period blood. Also bullying, and some physical violence. And friendships that seem about to go sour. All in all, anything but “happiness”.

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Well, I guess I am starting to see a pattern here :sweat_smile:
I guess it’s wiser for me to drop it for now.

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It looks like an old, disheveled kamado… Is my only guess!
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28th of April
Day 28

Read pages 38 and 39 of かがみの孤城. Again, fairly straightforward and easy to follow. I guess it was all the flashing back and forth between past and present that messed me up so much.
Seems like page 40 is where things get interesting/sad. I’m very tired and want to wake up early tomorrow to try flying my new camera drone!! so I’ll end it here for today and hopefully read a few more pages tomorrow.

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Thank you, yes, I can (sort of) see it now!

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:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220428 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XXVIII: 橿原神宮について :shinto_shrine:

I had planned to read some of the origin story about Emperor Jimmu「神武天皇」 today, but ended up reading about the shrine where he was said to have ascended the throne: Kashihara Shrine「橿原神宮」.

Which leads into two problems I’ve been having with reading (well, not really problems, just inconveniences).

  • First is trying to Google for things in Japanese. The results page are mostly Chinese, maybe there is some magic secret way to filter Japanese only, but I’m too lazy to find it.
  • Second is, while I love reading about all the history stuff, it’s pretty much always too hard for my current level, the stories on Hukumusume on the other hand are a little easy now. I’m in that awkward stage of trying to find some middle-ground material to read.

Anyway, Emperor Jimmu is Japan’s legendary first emperor, while his existence is historically debateable (I mean it’s claimed he lived to 126/127), I always like these origin stories and find them interesting. I suppose it’s a bit like the King Arthur legends, he probably existed as a person at some point and in some form, but his exploits got exaggerated and altered over the years.

Kashihara shrine, located in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, is the place where Emperor Jimmu supposedly ascended the throne in 660BCE.


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

New Things

絶する「ぜっする」ー To exceed by a lot; to surpass greatly
苦難「くなん」ー Hardship; suffering
天孫「てんそん」ー Descendant of a god
聖徳「せいとく」ー Holy virtue; heavenly virtue

Places
橿原「かしはら」ー Kashihara, Nara prefecture
畝傍山「うねびやま」ー Mt. Unebi

People
瓊瓊杵尊「ににぎのもこと」ー Grandson of Amaterasu and great grandfather of Emperor Jimmu

(there were a lot more historical names in this article, but I got pretty lost with them all)

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The cheap easy way is to just throw が or something at the end :joy: usually works pretty well!

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Thank you! Knew that there must a simple magic trick to it :laughing:

Will try this next time :+1:

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Summary post :bookmark:

April 28th :seedling:

・薬屋のひとりごと (64% → 71%)

Finished chapter 23 & 24. Which means I’ve caught up with the book club schedule :eyes: :sparkles: I’ll probably just keep reading at my own pace like I’ve done until now.

One thing tho. I feel like reading is taking too much of my focus when I should be focusing on studying for exams. Entering this challenge I said I’d do it Tiny Challenge Mode which was supposed to mean “low-effort, any however tiny amount of reading is good”, but I still feel pressure to read more. And this making me stay up longer than I intend to. So, what to do?

I haven’t decided yet, but being aware of it is a good first step.

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I’d say why not read after you’re done studying for your exams for the day? You could go for any amount you feel like and since you’re not neglecting your studies you probably won’t feel guilty, while still allowing you to keep up with Japanese. [edit: rereading your post, you might already do this, woops!] I’d probably also stop new SRS words for a bit if you use SRS.

At the same time, nothing wrong with stopping the challenge if you feel like it’s taking a mental slot that you need right now. At the end of the day it’s an artificial thing to work in your favour; you can stop it when it’s no longer useful, and resume it when it is. You could also forget about the “every day” and go for whatever frequency works.

Just some ideas :slight_smile:

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Same. Let me know once you’ve figured something out yotsubaNLT

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I was feeling like this too!

I’m thinking of switching to manga I’ve already read or something else like picture books, the next time I feel burned out or pressed for time.

Basically anything fun and purposefully short, only to check the box :thinking:

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Didn’t have much time for reading yesterday and the day before (and no time for posting) but I did read one chapter of デスノート ・ Death Note 📓 Vol. 2.

Today I read a chapter for Week 4: 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん 👵🏼. I hope to catch up to that book club tomorrow…

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Due to making replies to so many people, I put it under detail tag to make the post take less space. :joy:

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Well, seems it works even when just reading about someone else reading about someone else who read a book where someone yawned. :joy:

I hear you on this. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking ages so as to avoid this kind of situation in manga. Unfortunately I don’t know how to make Amazon not recommend something. I rarely look at recommendations.

I also really enjoyed the Officer Ryou stories. They were a bunch of fun.

@omk3 There keep being such pretty art in that manga. I will keep enjoying the pictures you’re posting, that will be the only way I enjoy that manga. :joy: (Heck I can’t even see medical drama TV-shows, despite knowing it is all fake. Gets to me every time. I get dizzy and nauseous. That is how I figured out becoming a nurse/doctor was not in my future. xD )


坊ちゃん stuff now.

@Naphthalene Thank you so much! :tada:

坊ちゃん replies (once again for space)

To me, it is very weird that a teacher would say: If you don’t understand, wait until you do. They should explain more/better, not flippantly tell students to just understand eventually. xD

Now it seems to obvious. :blush: Man, より confuses me at times, especially when a lot of stuff is cut away.

If there had been a period somewhere in there, it wouldn’t have confused me as much, haha. Stylistic choice, I guess. Meaning that just because it is all in one sentence, doesn’t mean that all parts are related to each other. (Or was there some grammar in that sentence that made that clear?)

Realized too that in a very overarching way, 困った does harken back to the beginning of the sentence, but only because 坊ちゃん should have been in a good mood since the lesson went better than expected. But (が) then a student came with a hard maths problem, ah 困った feeling indeed. xD

Also, yeah 困った is a bit hard to translate. Troubled? Also possibly annoyed. (Also probably embarrassed in this case, haha.)

Thanks for all the help. :smiley:


April 28

Started and finished chapter 4. It was a very short chapter, covering 2 whole pages and 2 half pages, but the two whole pages was just dialog, so barely as much text as 1 page would usually be.

But, due to asking for help earlier, I now had a similar sentence I understood perfectly. <3 All the help is doing such a difference. You guys are amazing.

I had a little problem with two sentences. I think I understand them, but for one, I wonder if there is anything I’m missing to make it clearer in who says what (I can figure out who has to say what, because of the story, but it wasn’t clear to me from the writing). And the first one has a confusing し that I’m not sure if it is the counting reasons し or another one my dictionary suggested (meaning: and, besides, moreover, what’s more, not only… but also).

Also under details because post go looooooong

し sentence: 暑いし暇で、することがない。 Context (might be needed??): 坊ちゃん needs to be the night guard for the student 寮. The sentence before talks about where the room is in the dormitory, and the following sentence says he decided to go to an onsen for a bath in the evening.
Not at all sure exactly what it means. Well, I know the words, from warm to free time to not needing to do anything? Is it just: it is warm, I have free time and nothing to do.

That just seems like a weird sentence to me, but maybe that is what it means and it is an explanatory sentence for what comes next (aka his decision to go to an onsen)?

I guess maybe in Japanese it isn’t weird? ¯\(ツ)

Who is saying what sentence:

二人とも、宿直のおれが外を歩いているのを見て「今日は宿直ではなかったか」と聞くので、「ああ、そうだ」と答えて帰ってきた。

Wait, actually, typing it out, I think it became clearer. I missed the を見て before when reading. So they (the 二人 in our case) see 坊ちゃん out walking and say “Are you the night watch tonight?” and 坊ちゃん answers “ああ、そうだ” and continues to return to the destination of the school 寮 (or is it that he arrives there at that moment? Anyway, not my main point). So yeah, missed て form confusing me again, but as with another sentence (that I didn’t need to share because I fully got it!), earlier answers by Belerith (took off the tag because I don’t want to spam you ^^) means I understood it. :smiley: (It was about ばいい again. And a different version of 始めから: 最初から)

Also had a ものか that I still remembered because I had to look it up before and shared it. This sharing thing is useful. ^^


Edit:
It is after midnight my time, so Friday:

Happy birthday @potatonaught! :confetti_ball: :birthday:

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April 28th!

I read a chapter of Shirokuma Cafe today. It was one of the longer chapters for this manga, at 11 pages.
I’m enjoying this manga a lot, there is something really relaxing about it.

(Home Post)

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Summary post

Well indeed, I read quite a bit later yesterday. I also read today for well over 12,000 characters until I totally finished the Kamome route! :partying_face: That took just a little over a week so if I can keep up this pace, things are looking good… I have 3 to go, and then however much remains for the big finale true end.

I really liked Kamome’s route a lot! There were actually a few touches I didn’t truly expect from where I was, and it ended up with enough weight to really hit hard, but still overall just very pleasant. And not in the pure romance way you might be expecting. While this game does have romance, most of the routes really terminate in helping the girls accomplish something important to them or helping them to work through something, which is a nicer payoff than it just being about the relationships. In some of them the protagonist could really be just as aptly described as a really good friend, minus a little kissing or something along those lines, heh.

Bit of a spoiler image, one more time before we move to the next route

As I said, I’m doing one more expected easy route and then the ones I was somewhat avoiding. Curious to see if they’re indeed noticeably harder. All the same, despite bumps in difficulty, I’m really starting to feel like I have Summer Pockets down. And I know I’m saying that after reading enough to fill multiple books, haha, but I mean less “yeah I can handle this” and more “this is a solid reading level for me” as in, it’s something I’m just comfortable with. Finally have that feeling that over the long run, this has kinda leveled up my abilities, constant new words notwithstanding. It’s both a benefit and a detriment as a learner that visual novels are so long. The good part is that I imagine until I’m very far out in my studies, the completion of most will take so much time and feature so much practice that I have to have noticed my progress by the time the end comes.

So yeah, good day. Feeling great about my amount of progress, at this moment. And I’ll have that posted here to refer to when I change my mind soon :stuck_out_tongue:

I wouldn’t forget to include a new word though! How about 回し者 (まわしもの), a spy or secret agent.

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My favorite picture is when Ryou got his man!

I finished the latest Officer Ryou book today. He, of course, caught the fake Santa, recovered the stolen goods, got the story and his picture on the front page of the newspaper, and got his girl a nice Christmas gift. Once again, Officer Ryou saves the day!

Tomorrow is another Ryou story!

New Word:

クリスマス Christmas

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I’m glad to help!

Well, since I'm here already

More like it is hot, but yes. That sentence really gives me summer break vibes from my childhood. It’s too hot to do anything outside, but there’s nothing to do inside either, and I’m just bored to death. :rofl:

It doesn’t feel weird to me, at least. Also, going to the onsen (especially the 露天風呂 part) is really nice when it’s hot outside.

Well, you already got it, but I just wanted to say, that’s pretty insane work ethics from the character. “Being on watch is too boring, I’m going to the onsen” :rofl: Good thing someone caught him.

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I guess the part I find weird is that it is a sentence by itself. And that the part about deciding to go to the onsen wasn’t the second half of the sentence. Maybe I’m just getting so used to this story having long sentences, basically putting together everything in one sentence so when it didn’t, it felt weird and unconnected. Which is why I started wondering if there was something to the sentence I was missing, but apparently not.

Whatever got you the idea he has a good work ethic. :joy: The ones who saw him was the principal and the head math teacher too, not that I think either of them cared.

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In this case, the disconnect is necessary. It feels like he is just bored at first, then has the realization he could just go to the onsen. I’m having trouble explaining what I mean, but something like “I am bored so I’ll go to the onsen” versus “I am boooored… Oh! I know! I’ll go to the onsen.”

That book is starting to sound pretty fun, actually. I should check if they have it at my local library :rofl:

Didn’t you say it’s past midnight for you, though? :sweat_smile: Like, two hours ago.

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