📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

At the end of last week (Sat-Sun), I read JoJo and watched Yuru Camp.

Regarding watching and listening, Yuru Camp appears to follow the first chapter of the manga very closely, but not exactly the same. Later, I found subtitle files on Kitsunekko; but not sure how legal they are… Death Note’s in on Kitsuneko too.

Still, subtitles, whether displayed in real time, or read later, feel very strange, unlike speech clouds in manga. (And Yuru Camp, in particular, read small texts too.)

And OP, ED songs aren’t in subtitles.

I also tried reading on (やま)(なし)(けん) (and Japan’s geography in general), and (しょう)(); but it still appears I am not the level to really read it yet. Nonetheless, Wikipedia isn’t really read by articles, but rather interlinks of articles.

I will write the whole month’s reflection later, after the month really ends. (Who knows what I will do in the last two days.)

That’s what I found strange at the time of writing 3 months’ plan. I’m glad it now got explained.

Personally, I’ve got my own plans, like weekly/monthly/trimonthly plans/reflection/revision. I wouldn’t take a break as long as 1 month. And ensuring daily isn’t really for me (but isn’t bad at all, also quite similar to clearing up WaniKani reviews too).


May 30, Mon :cherry_blossom: calendar post

Week 10 of Spring 2022’s planning

  • Committed, and paced - for the sake of discussion
    • Death Note :notebook: Vol.2 Ch.16 (last chapter of the vol)
    • Night Cafe :shrimp: Ch.8 The truth is I tested, and still found it a little hard.
  • Committed, with マイペース(my=pace)
    • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Part 2 - finish vol.2/4 of the part in monochrome = vol.5 overall - invasion of the training ground (4 chaps)
    • 1+ sentence structure’s grammar
    • 1+ verb form’s grammar, compounds, comparison and usage
    • Watch 1+ episode of anime (probably Yuru Camp S01-E02)
    • 1+ documentary. Maybe about Yuru Camp.
    • 1/4 of WaniKani Context Sentences - Level 2’s Breakdown = 20 vocab, 60 sentences
  • Considered
    • WANTED! Story 3 ((いっ)()()(こう)) - I just want to finish this book, and perhaps, 1 chapter per week.
    • Read それでも歩は寄せてくる to 75%

I will probably start SPY X FAMILY reading-and-watching, as soon as reading club starts (two more weeks).

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:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220530 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll LX: 六助いなり :fox_face:

Read today’s folktale, from Kyoto prefecture!

About a man who gets tricked by a fox.

Since there’s just one day left I’ve been thinking how to continue once this challenge has finished. I thought for June-reading I’d attempt to read “No Longer Human” by Osamu Dazai. Not sure if I’ll continue any updates on here, but I’ll probably still be reading it come the summer challenge anyway.

Perhaps I could leave it for when the next challenge starts but now that I’ve had the thought that I want to read it I’m excited and want to start right away :laughing:


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

Learnthings

「かや」ー Grass used for thatching
祟り「たたり」ー curse; wrath; divine punishment
(think I have seen this one before)

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Day 60 :heavy_check_mark: :japanese_goblin:

ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 84 pages, four chapters, completed :tada:

I finished ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 too, which means I completed all books and manga I started for this challenge! Hurray! (Now, what can I start and finish in one day for tomorrow? :thinking:)

These last stories were a lot of fun. Summaries and panels collapsed below:

Beware of mysterious potties in the mountains

Children using a potty in the middle of a field in the mountains are eaten up by a 釜 (small cauldron) and transferred to a whole other world inside it. Kitaro’s hair is sucked up by the cauldron too, and his eyeball for a father gathers up several yokai to help him get his hair back, and save all who are imprisoned in the cauldron. I love these yokai team-ups.

The cauldron in question:
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And how it looks in real life (I love the lid):

The dangerous potty:
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Yokai help is on the way!
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Mermen, squids, and gender(or species) identity

In the next story Kitaro saves a turtle from a merman, but is then eaten up by the merman’s pet giant squid. Kitaro consciousness transfers to the squid (or something) and he’s made to bring the merman huge quantities of fish for eternity. After he rebels he’s sneakily killed by the merman, made into かまぼこ and sold in fish shops, but again the yokai team up to buy all the pieces and revive Kitaro. Kitaro then takes his revenge by dressing up as a …maid, and convincing the merman to have an operation that turns yokai into humans. The merman loves the idea, but when he realizes that being human is no fun it’s too late, he can’t be turned back.

The merman trying to eat the turtle:

Notice that he has two tails/legs:
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I love this panel:

Some more cool panels
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Cross-dressing Kitaro:
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And his speech on sex-change operations (this story was written in 1969):
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Power to the people

In the second to last story, the army seeks Kitaro’s assistance because a huge mud monster keeps causing accidents to jets taking off on rainy nights. It is revealed that the air base was built on mud paddies, taking away the villagers’ livelihood, and even a small monument in memory of the dead villagers wasn’t respected. In the end social justice is (sort of) restored.

Strange to see a fighter jet in this manga:
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This is the air base in the night rain:
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Various officers are speculating on the mud-monster apparition. I wonder whether this one looks a little like a specific dictator on purpose:
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A random cat panel that I really liked:
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Pleasure sucking yokai

The last one was a little crazier than usual, I thought. Two boys find an unconscious person in the woods and help them (unsure whether it’s man or woman) by getting them to the hospital using their own pocket money, despite their parents’ protests that they shouldn’t inconvenience themselves to help strangers (!). Bizarrely the parents are right in this instance, because the person is in fact a yokai that feeds on people’s pleasure. It sucks all joy out of the air, so that even little things like taking a bath hold no pleasure any more. The yokai also makes some people into his helpers by giving them 色気 (yes, sexual desire)! So Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko end up fighting for the heart of a little girl even younger than Kitaro. Ermm… In the end Kitaro defeats the yokai by shooting his own teeth (yes) onto the yokai’s きんたま. Super weird.

That’s where the yokai lives:


More gender uncertainty:
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Returning from work, wondering why there’s no pleasure in anything any more:
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I started the last book in Level 1, Set 1. This book has several different stories. I read the first one today,
わらばなし
笑い話. This is a collection of “Funny Stories”. In the first story, a child goes outside at night. He sees the stars and thinks they are pretty. He gets a stick and tries to grab a star. But his father comes out and tells him, “It is useless. The stars are far away. Your stick is not long enough to reach the stars. It is hopeless.”
This was easy reading and no new words.

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I just read the second story. It is basically about the bush warbler and his song in Spring. Everyone likes to hear him sing. Nothing funny about this story, but a nice reference to Spring in Japan.

New Word:

うぐいす
鶯 Japanese Bush Warbler

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Today I finished デスノート ・ Death Note 📓 Vol. 2 just in time for the end of the challenge :slightly_smiling_face:

Now I’m only behind for the 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん 👵🏼 (Intermediate Book Club) but I’ll have to catch up with that one later. I think I’ll just read some ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 🛵 Volume 6 tomorrow :slightly_smiling_face:

Just for the fun of it some interesting words that I’ve been finding lately (various sources):
暗算 - mental arithmetic
肝心 - essential, crucial (as the 大辞林 explains it, the heart and liver are extremely important organs)
山分け - split evenly
子息 - someone else’s son (oh, so you just swap the kanji to indicate that it’s not your own son? :smiley:)
お手柔らか - please go easy on me

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Traveling remains more difficult to find consistent time to read, but I am now 70% done with 心霊探偵八雲1. I asked a tutor last night if it was aimed at kids because it feels incredibly easy to read (compared to many other novels I’ve read) and they said it was probably for high school students or thereabouts. Makes sense.

I kind of wonder if the intermediate book club would enjoy it or if it’d be too dark. Then again one of the book clubs is reading Death Note and if the movie I watched is any indication that’s hardly sunshine and roses. :skull: :sparkles:

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May 30th!

I read Chapter 22 of Mitsuboshi Colors today. It was about hayfever, which was nice as it reminded me of a conversation I had with my tutor last year about hayfever :slight_smile:

I’m quite sad that its the last day of the challenge tomorrow - is anybody planning to carry on posting throughout June too?

(Home Post)

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Summary post :bookmark:

May 30th :seedling: Actually got packing and stuff done today, so was a bit busy.

・薬屋のひとりごと 2 (84% → 88%).

Finished chapter 19. Thoughts: First we get to experience Maomao’s father’s point of view of the garden party :eyes: Might be first time? I can’t remember. Seems like he only views people as pieces on a shogi board. And he doesn’t relate to seeing pretty people as pretty. That’s kinda interesting, he’s like "yoku wakaranai :face_with_monocle: :man_shrugging: ". Second half, I think it was Jinshi’s point of view? Maomao encounters father and challenges him to a game of shougi :eyes: Turns out he, as the military strategist, never loses a game of shougi, but Maomao knows how to beat him. That was fun. Turns out he’s super weak to alcohol.

Word: 腹癒せ (はらいせ)
Meaning: retaliation; revenge. Literally “stomach heal/cure” :eyes: ?
yes hello doctor, my tummy has the aches. Oh, so the cure is revenge, you say? Okie, if that will make me better shouganai desune :relieved: :hocho:

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Summary post

10,000 characters read again today! This was also the point where the VN clearly tried to steer to a bit of character development and making Shiki more likeable, so it was generally a nicer read, haha.

In two days, the day the challenge is over, it’ll be the real, exact mark of me having done this for a year! Celebrated in my study log a little early after that practice test. I’ve done at least some studying every single day, so that’s pretty cool. I also have gone very slightly ahead of schedule to finish up 佐賀のがばいばあちゃん, so I think by tonight or tomorrow I’ll be able to officially say that just under the wire, I finished 3 books in this year. Summer Pockets will be a little late.

Cool word I want to share: 夢うつつ (ゆめうつつ), sounds like it describes the state of being sort of half between dream and reality, struggling to distinguish them.

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Day Something

  • ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 14巻

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ah yes. Planes.

and frogs

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May 30

Read another reader waiting for a friend. We then finished Belle. It was… interesting. Glad I could see it from the comfort of my home.

Progress on Tadoku graded readers
44 / 44 level-zeros
14 / 14 level-ones
10 / 10 level-twos
3 / 18 level-threes

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May 30th (Calendar Post)

少女漫画主人公×ライバルさん => 74 pages (82 min)

Completed all four volumes just in time for the end of this spring autumn challenge. Coincidentially, this is probably the manga I enjoyed the most among everything I’ve read these last two months.

Final fun panels:

#frozen

Angels have descended

Sadly I can’t properly represent how hilarious this panel is in context without getting into spoilers.

Blushing ライバルさん round 1

かっこいい!!

主人公さん failing to contain her laughter

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Blushing ライバルさん round 2

それだわ~

何何何何⁉
Blushing ライバルさん round 3

I am going to miss these two too much. I am also really sad the author doesn’t seem to have any other series yet. sad cat noises

Interesting expression I ran into:

Need to figure out what to read for the final day of the challenge… haven’t quite decided yet.

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May 30 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

Today I finished up chapter 1 of 海辺(うみべ)のカフカ and played a little AI: The Somnium Files. My brain wasn’t super on top of it today :joy: 海辺(うみべ)のカフカ felt a bit harder than it has but I think that was just me. It’s almost the end of the official challenge huh; hopefully I can end on a strong note tomorrow!

Odds are good I’ll still be here, it feels too much a part of the process now :joy:

I didn’t watch it in Japanese (I can’t even imagine, I was lost anyway) but yeah it was a time lmao, I’m not sure I knew what was actually going on even once but it was pretty!

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I only managed about 4 pages of 海辺 yesterday and not much else. Apparently I was more deficient in sleep than I thought, because I fell asleep in the afternoon. Anyway, this was the first time I had ever seen コンビニエンス・ストア spelled out and not just shortened to コンビニ.

Some vocab of note:

謎めく ([details]なぞめく[/spoiler]) [カ五, intransitive] to be enigmatic; to be puzzling; to be wrapped in mystery
契約 (けいやく) [noun, する verb] contract; agreement

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:tiger2: :books: Tanuki Den (aka Homepost): Date 20220531 :cherry_blossom: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll LXI: 空から降りてきたごちそう :basket:

Read today’s hyakumonogatari, from Gifu prefecture!

About a magical basket full of drink and food that descends from the skies. But one day an even bigger basket falls down full of monsters.


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

Learnthings

ぶら下がる「ぶらさがる」ー to hang down from something; to dangle
覗く「のぞく」ー to peek (through a hole or gap)
酒盛り「さかもり」ー Drinking gathering

Feel I should recognise this but don’t
「ひも」ー String; cord

Kanji
the kanji for かご (basket)

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Finished the cruise arc in spy x family, ends on a good note. It had a lot of moving parts and action, which makes it harder to find a natural stop point. I ended up reading more chapters and looking up less words then usual. The rest of volume 9 is a collection of different stories again, so I’ll probably take it easy finishing it.

This completes two months of reading for this challenge. Not sure if I’ll keep reading every day in June, but I expect to still read plenty.

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Summary post :bookmark:

May 31st :cherry_blossom:

・薬屋のひとりごと 2 (88% → 100%) Finished the book :sparkles:

Thoughts on book (spoilers)

Much like in the first book, a lot of the chapters felt episodic in nature, but at one point some of the cases were tied together into one case. I liked that. That case ended there for now, however, since the characters involved managed to escape, this subplot will probably continue when/if they appear again later in the series. Maybe it’ll turn into a character arc involving the tall girl (Seirei).

The ending wasn’t as much of a cliffhanger as I thought it would be. Some kind of rumor about a mysterious medicine with the ability to cure all kinds of sicknesses, which for Maomao is very intriguing. The ending didn’t leave me desperate to buy the next book immediately, but I’ll definitely consider continuing at some point. Jinshi is still a mysterious character. We know a tiny bit more about his background, growing up with Gaoshun as a foster father of sorts, it sounded like. But there’s definitely more we don’t know about him yet :eyes:

We learned about Maomao’s parents and their background. Rakan and Fonshen. Things seemed to be going well for the two of them, meeting up regularly to play shougi and go, when suddenly Rakan had to leave for a while (three years?) and after he came back Fonshen was gone. (Was kinda weird how they seemed to only play games together, they surely must have done other stuff too since Maomao exist. Babies don’t spawn from just holding hands, you know.)

I have more thoughts on this book, but it seems like they’re shy today and don’t want to come out.

In short: I liked the book. Will probably get back to this series later at some point. Definitely learned a ton of new words from this series.


I’ll write an end of challenge summary post later, though if other people are going to continue posting I might as well continue too :books::books:

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Read two chapters of ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 🛵 Volume 6 and they were laid-back and full of love as usual, although those sunburns after swimming in the sea did not look healthy.

And that’s the last day of May for me. So far, I’ve only missed one day of the challenge because I was too sick to read last Friday :confounded:. I’ll continue to read plenty in June, but maybe not every day.

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And the Spring Challenge is over! :tada: :sparkles:

Thanks to everybody who participated, I had a great time reading all your posts.

Here is my report of the challenge!

In short, I started a lot of books, experimented a bit (also with books in other languages which was a very nice twist), and managed to finish two books. (And started even more books.)

Unfortunately I need to report that I did miss one day: May 28th. My excuse is that I travelled with a Japanese friend on that day, so I basically spoke and listened to Japanese all day (from morning till night), so maybe this makes up for it a little bit :sweat_smile:

Next up: I will continue to read basically every day, just like usual. I’ll update my report accordingly, but I don’t know how much I’ll comment here (I’m not a regular poster in here anyways, so…). A few (or a few more) interesting book clubs are coming up, so there will be plenty material for me to indulge in!
See you all again in July?! :upside_down_face:

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