📚📚 Read every day challenge - Spring 2022 🌸 🌱

I think you got it mostly on the head. はじめっから looks to me like a casual form of 始めから which would be a combo of because and from the start. こいつが、一ぴきだけで 来たの かもしれないぞ。to me is ~this crab, it probably came alone. I don’t think 来たの is anything special by itself, this explanation here seems relevant and how I interpret it as well. Ctrl+F for , I was referring to the の in ないのかもしれないね if that doesn’t take you right to the comment.

So altogether something like Possibly he never had a mother. This crab, it probably came alone. So (looking for mom) might be a waste of time


April 2 - April 5

New book time :eyes: :books:
I started 死神の精度 - a book made up of a bunch of connected short stories and really short chapters, seemed like a decent idea as a 2nd book on the side. I kind of forgot to check the difficulty level before buying it so was glad to see that it seems to be okay for my level.
I keep running into word play things these days - in this one scene 死神しにがみ dude is talking to this woman who doesn’t think much of herself and this conversation happens:
:woman::「わたし、醜いんです」 とぽつりと言った。
:skull::「みにくい?」 私は本当に、聞き間違えた。目を細め、顔を遠ざけて、「いや、見やすい」 と答えた。

I also played some 999!
First of all (@natarin), everything in this post about that section with Santa and the bookmark was just 100% also my reaction?? :laughing: Relatable. :joy: That whole thing was really funny. Santa really is something else huh

More 999

Can you quote things from other topics?? Really not sure, I suppose I’m about to find out

I did the exact same :joy: I honestly saw an elephant in that picture but that wasn’t an option :woman_shrugging:

I don’t think anyone would be with that outfit!! :laughing: Poor guy, at least 紫 has, like, clothes

Current adventures: Finding my way out of a kitchen and almost freezing to death.

The actual puzzles in this section were really easy, the hard part was trying to follow 紫 on her strange pseudo scientific tangent about the crystallization of glycerin?? Was honestly a little lost sometimes, but I think I got the gist. Who doesn’t wanna learn words like sublimation, graphite and melting point in Japanese? (昇華, 黒鉛 and 融点 if anyone was wondering :laughing:)

I also came across a decent amount of N2 vocab in that kitchen. Actually very useful, thank you 999

I settled on something else for now but it’s likely I’ll still read かがみの孤城 at some point. I’m sure the book club threads will still be there waiting to be read :eyes:


Thank you! The article itself is also useful :bowing_woman:


I’ve been reading about the many uses of soy beans and how to make different foods (natto, soy sauce, miso, etc.) from them. Amazing how level 0 graded readers can make this interesting! I’m learning some new vocabulary, too.


April 5th :cherry_blossom: :cat2: :cherry_blossom: (Day 5)

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Another busy day - almost ended before I had the opportunity to do WK or read. sigh :smiling_face_with_tear: The streak must be kept alive at any cost.

Had a quick read of the English version of 夜中の汽笛について, あるいは物語の効用について during my morning commute. It gave me a slightly different impression of the story - the story just didn’t feel the same. Though, it did help me navigate some grammatical points that were hazy previously :3 But contributing this alone for the challenge felt like cheating, so I did some actual Japanese reading with the little time I had left in the evening.

To continue with the cat theme (that I am generally attempting here), I went for: 大工と三毛猫. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but I definitely didn’t see the eye ball licking coming… Well, more like eye licking, but even then - that was one heck of an uncomfortable read. Anyways, I did get some cute new cat vocab out of it, so I guess it was worth it.

Cute cat vocab

:cat2: :cherry_blossom: :cat2:
三毛 (みけ) - calico
からねこ - cat (archaic)???

The not so cute vocab

舐める (なめる) - to lick

This calico is coming for your eyeballs


April 5th

I read Chapter 45 of Yotsuba today, which had a lot of cute moments. Yotsuba was adorable in her chef’s outfit :blush:
I hardly had to look anything up in this chapter, and the things I did need to look up were fairly cooking specific words like 泡立てる (to whisk)

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Day 4:

日本語: I read some of ミニスカ宇宙海賊 and a fair amount of 三毛猫ホームズの推理.
Read-aloud: We read a chapter of ハイキュー. (:volleyball: @tiny_river_otter :volleyball:)

中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, two pages of 骑士幻想夜, and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.

@basilsauce Yes, I’m also reading 三毛猫ホームズの推理! I don’t think I’m as far in as you guys and I might get distracted by other things I’m reading, but it’s on my to-read list for this year and I’m pushing along so far. :+1: I think I just finished the second part of the first chapter.


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April 5
Final Fantasy VII

  • 無愛想 = ぶあいそう unsociable, unfriendly, blunt.
  • 一遍に = いっぺんに all at once, at the same time.
  • かつら = wig.
  • うろつく = to loiter, to walk around without a purpose.
  • しゃがむ = to squat.
  • 消毒 = しょうどく sterilisation, disinfection.
  • 悪党 = あくとう villain, scoundrel (or a group of).
  • 維持 = いじ maintenance, preservation (of a situation, etc).
  • 部門 = ぶもん divison (of a larger group), branch, department.

I wanted to keep playing today but I had already played for like 2h and, even though I don’t really want to limit myself, I feel like it might lead to burnout eventually, so I preferred to save at a convenient spot and call it a day. I’d like to reach a point where I can consume Japanese without it draining my brain like I can do with English, but I’m definitely not in that spot yet, and I don’t think I will be there either any soon. Perhaps when I reach a point where I don’t encounter as many new words any more, so like I said, it will take a long while xd.

Also I keep encountering words that I think I should have absorbed by now but definitely have not. I suppose these are my leeches, words or grammatical constructions that I keep coming across over and over every now and again that I just can’t simply assimilate. I try to always look up things in the J-J dictionary, but if I don’t understand the definition for lack of vocabulary/grammar, well then it’s no use. I consult the J-E dictionary in those cases, and in some, I still can’t seem to grasp the meaning or how it’s used. I suppose it’s just a matter of coming back to them at some point with more overall knowledge until it unlocks to you and it makes sense. It’s not the first time this has happened and it’s sometimes over simple words or constructions too. I struggled with the different types of よう grammar constructions for the longest time, until they sort of clicked finally.

I suppose it’s just time, but sometimes it’s like: seriously, brain? We’ve gone through this waaaaaay too many times ;-; pls learn. I know I will eventually learn a lot and always try to enjoy the process, but the process is sometimes so frustrating and I want to run too fast at times :sob: :joy: . Sometimes it’s hard to remember that learning a language to a high level takes a very long time. I guess I forgot what it feels like ever since I reached that point in English, even if ultimately you never stop learning, but it definitely slows down a lot. Although at the same time, I think it’s inevitable to grow impatient sometimes when there’s just so much that unlocks to you the more language you know. I think enjoying the process is a very important aspect so it doesn’t become a chore or an overwhelming thing to do, but when I think of how many things simply became possible just from knowing English, it makes me want it even more.

It’s funny that the more you work towards something, the faster you want to reach it. And in terms of language acquisition, most of the time you don’t even notice you are improving, so it feels like you are wasting more and more time. I just want to have something “physical” that lets me know that I’m indeed improving in some way, and that’s why I decided a while back to keep doing SRS, not only for its benefits but also because of that. It’s silly, but seeing the number of vocabulary grow somehow eases that uncertainty. It’s also kinda fun, too.


㋃5日 – Day 5

  • ジョジョの奇妙な冒険

I got serious distracted last night, wow. I was surprised at how (relatively) good looking a guy was in his flashback and then got distracted and forgot to read more before bed. 1 page counts though, right? :sweat_smile:


Thank you for a lovely start to my morning! :four_leaf_clover:


Summary Post

Day 5: April 5th
What did I read?: ふしぎ駄菓子屋銭天堂 Vol 2
How much did I read?: 8 pages
How long did it take me?: 41 min

Finished the chapter! Kind of ended in a fairly predictable way, though I sort of thought it might be another thief that would be his downfall for some reason, like there would be another thief who also ate the 怪盗ロールパン and they would have some big showdown or something? (Idk why I thought that lmao) But nope, it was a cop who ate 正義の味方、ヒーローデカプリン, lol

Good words
  • ちりばめる - to inlay; to set; to stud (e.g. star-studded sky); to enchase (something) with; to mount (gems)​
  • くらむ - to be dazzled by; to be dizzied by; to be disoriented by​
  • なめずる - to lick one’s lips
  • ふさわしい - appropriate; adequate; suitable; fitting; worthy
  • ほくそえむ - to chuckle to oneself; to gloat (over)
  • さんぜん - brilliant; radiant; bright; sparkling
  • 現行犯 (げんこうはん) - caught red-handed
  • がくぜん - astonished; shocked; amazed; astounded; aghast
  • 誘拐事件 (ゆうかいじけん) - kidnapping
  • しょぼくれる - to be dispirited; to be dejected; to be disheartened; to lose heart​
  • 見向きもしない (みむきもしない) - taking no notice; ignoring; not even looking at
  • あびせかける - to inundate (with questions); to heap (praise); to hurl (abuse); to level (insults)
  • われに返る (われにかえる) - to come to one’s senses
  • こけにする - to make a fool of someone
  • ずきんずきん - throbbing (pain); pounding; stinging​

I finished 山田くんと7人の魔女2 today so tomorrow I can start a shoujo manga. I’ve decided to start しゅごキャラ! 1 and see how that goes. I remember reading a fan translation of it back in the day and liked it but it’s been over a decade since then. So my memory on the story would be vague. Let’s see how much I can pick up from reading alone.


April 5
8 more level-0s, although two of them contained multiple stories within them lol

This time reading through them, I started to notice the grammar patterns being subtly taught. For example, one mini-story was highlighting the different uses of the で particle. Another story showed the patterns for modifying a noun. Neat to pay attention to that stuff since I already know what each story is about.

I also read my iTalki’s teacher response to my message, and after this I’m going to work on translating my MEXT research plan into Japanese lol :sweat_smile:

Progress on Tadoku graded readers
36 / 44 level-zeros
x / 12 level-ones
x /10 level-twos
x / 18 level-threes


read a chapter of Haikyuu you say… :eyes: Join us… ハイキュー・Haikyuu! :volleyball: Vol. 7


April 5th (Calendar Post)

Managed to finish chapter 11 of my current book, 4 more to go!

三日間の幸福 => 9 pages (97 minutes)

New kanji I’ve run into:

捲 => めくる => to turn pages (of a book)


april 5 :cherry_blossom: home post

Read a chapter of 極主夫道 this evening. I’m trying to catch up to the rest of the book club, I keep getting stuck a week behind for some reason

Also, seeing people playing Zero Escape and FFVII in this thread makes me so happy, I love both those games (I’m actually planning on playing 999 in Japanese over the summer). one of these days I’d love to play some FF in Japanese too


April 5 :cherry_blossom: Home Post

A bit of a sleepy day today; I tried to finish another little ending but it’s uh… more involved than I expected :joy: so that’ll be a tomorrow morning thing then, I’m too sleepy.

Oooooh this is very validating, thank you for the confidence boost :laughing:

Lmao perhaps this is relatable, could you have guessed :joy: It’s a cool feeling though! Definitely feel the struggle haha

999 responses!!

Yesssss, glad to be accurate :joy: Santa is an absolute chaos man, love him and all of his nonsense

I remember having absolutely no idea :joy: so weird nonsense? Absolutely, perfect choice :joy:

Truly, he really did not dress for his name huh

Ah the 999 experience :joy: very relatable, sometimes it was really like “you know I don’t think I’d really understand this in English even, what are we talking about” lmao, thanks (むらさき)


worked for as long as my daily mix on spotify lasted so i guess i gotta go to bed for now.

fun vocab I looked up
  • 要因 - よういん - main cause
  • 〇〇による - by means of / due to (grammar)
  • 整理する - せいりする - sorting; arrangement
  • 影響 - えいきょう - influence; impact
  • 取片付ける - とりかたづける - to clean up; to put in order
  • 所持品 - しょじひん - personal belongings


I’ve definitely been doing more reading since starting this challenge, which I’m happy about (I’m also happy that it’s getting easier to read in Japanese!), though I was getting a little worried that I was letting my actual studies slip through the cracks, but actually it seems I’m doing about as much as I usually do on days when I have work, and I’m mostly just spending the extra time on days off that I wouldn’t have if I were at work to read, so I guess it’s kinda balanced out?

I read Seed 4 of GREEN, as well as the 特別番外編 where Ninomiya-sensei talks about how this series came to be, finishing vol 1! I’m definitely enjoying this series so far, and I hope the remaining 3 volumes hold up.

Live commentary:

lol Nozomi told more lies again trying to get Wako-chan to give up on Makoto. This time that Makoto left behind an ex-wife and 7 children in Tōkyō. And then a woman Makoto’s on good terms with drives up as they’re walking home together and whisks him off to her store to taste-test her new menu, making Wako think there may be some truth to him already having someone after all.

Baa-chan does want them together, so it is just that she doesn’t want Wako helping out on the farm and doesn’t want anyone wasting time teaching her to do it properly. She tries to comfort Wako-chan by saying that Makoto is a simple man and the only thing he thinks about is the fields (not helping when Wako wants to know if he ever thinks about her!) and then by lending her a yukata and telling her to wear it and go with Makoto to the festival tomorrow (which does help) with the ulterior motive of wanting them to hurry up and give her great-grandchildren lol

But then a big storm sweeps through and the festival is cancelled. Wako only has 5 more days until she has to go back and she still wanted to use this as a chance to go on a date, as when it clears up, they’ll just have to help out on the farm again, but Makoto doesn’t even think about that and just wants to read books about pests and crop diseases and the like (well, baa-chan certainly wasn’t lying lol), so she gets mad and shuts herself in the closet. While waiting for someone, preferably Makoto, to come find her in her purposely easy hiding spot, Makoto gets called by the fire brigade (who call on him in times like this as one of the few young people in the area) to help people who’ve been injured due to all the rain. Wako falls asleep waiting for him to come back and dreams he comes home (from a regular office job lol) bringing her a bouquet of flowers, which is how he finds her. He does actually have a small sprig of wildflowers he’s picked and gently tucks them behind her ear before curling up next to her and falling asleep as well… but it turns out it’s a poisonous plant and they both end up with a rash that takes a week to heal (whoops)

I read 17 pages of 夜カフェ, which is all of ch 2. This week I only needed to read the first half, but there was no way I was reading only part of it lmao I didn’t even look at which line we were supposed to leave off on.

I have Thoughts. (Well, not all of them are capital-T, but.)

I really don’t like Hanabi’s dad. I don’t care if you’re raised to think the women should be doing all the cooking and housework and child-rearing and whatnot and that’s how it was when you were young and that’s all you know, if you see your wife struggle to be able to do all of the cooking and cleaning and laundry and etc. etc. on top of her job (just as I assume you saw your own mother do when you were younger) and instead of offering to help all you do is feel sorry for your pre-teen daughter who can’t cook when she has to try and cook for herself or buy a conbini bentou (why don’t you try cooking when you get home before dinner, huh?) and get on your wife’s ass for not doing it all and demanding she somehow magic up the time and energy to do it when you are perfectly capable of doing at least some of it yourself, you are a grade-A dick. He either needs to grow up and stop being a child or Hanabi’s mother needs to find someone better.


Oh, so you’re allowed to kick back with a beer after work, but your wife isn’t even allowed to rest on the couch for one single second when she gets home before you’re hounding her to cook and clean? Asshole.

I’m glad her aunt’s place is a safe space for Hanabi. Aiko-san doesn’t try to make her go back even though she’s already received a call from her sister, just welcomes her in and makes her feel seen and heard and makes sure she eats (as Hanabi’d only had half a conbini bentou before her parents got home and started fighting). We also meet Yamato-kun, another of the main characters, who it seems took a big tumble off his bike in Aiko’s front yard and injured himself (though not seriously, thankfully) and has been staying with her for the two weeks since. For some reason. I wonder if we’ll learn why he isn’t staying with his family.

This chapter was Tina’s first appearance, too. I hope she’ll be a friend to Hanabi. She deserves to have someone on her side who’s her own age.

I read 2 pages of 2.43, putting me at pg 44.



I had to include this whole paragraph because I love it, I love the imagery, and I love the scene in the anime too, and also, Subaru, babe, you are an idiot. You’ve injured both your knees and have had surgery twice already and you’ve gotta be careful on them (which is why he wears braces—called サポーター in Japanese—when he plays), and what do you do? You take a flying leap off of a half-landing! I love you, but you’ve really gotta listen to your voice of reason (which I know you have!!) more often. (Also, dashing down stairs? Not fun on your knees.)

Because this is a pattern, him doing dumb things (which I know he knows are a bad idea!!) because, I dunno, he thinks it’ll be fun? There’s this in first year, leaping off a stone breakwater into the sea chasing after a ball while playing beach volleyball in second year, a snowball fight right before the finals in the HaruKou prelims in third year. The first and third are the only ones in the anime (the second was mentioned in 途中下車の海). Yuni I know has no voice of reason, but Subaru I’m fully convinced does have one and he just chooses to ignore it.

Side note, but one of the reasons I’m really looking forward to getting to next 4 years is seeing how Yuni and Subaru get on when they’re on the same team, because I have a feeling they’d get on swimmingly, but not always necessarily in a good way lmao they definitely have the potential to cause trouble together.

lol and then Ochi internally a few lines later:


My thoughts exactly.

Ooh, we do get their heights! Well, not exact heights, but Subaru’s surpassed 180cm, as I’d somewhat suspected, and Ochi’s a little under 170 cm and has given up on growing any further. His height as a third-year is 168 cm, so he likely never does, unless he grows in college (I did, though only slightly). I think he was a setter though, or at least the image of him in the anime during the flashback scene where Subaru and Hata-kantoku are talking about the team they’re building suggests that he was a setter, so height wouldn’t have mattered much for him had he remained a player.

I read ch 11-20 of コナの大冒険. A lot fewer kanji to add to my known list, so it went more smoothly today.

Today I also picked up Holy Cow!, a book which explains (though not always in detail) the origins of many an animal expression that I picked up for like $3 at Barnes & Noble back in January. I’m happy they acknowledge bisexuality.

A gay dog used to mean someone pursuing an idle lifestyle while displaying the symbols of (usually inherited) wealth. Or it was a young man with an active romantic life. Now it would refer to a homosexual or bisexual canine.

Never heard that expression before. Although dogs being considered nuisances rather than “man’s best friend” for a significant portion of history explains a lot of the less-than-complimentary canine expressions. Also I don’t think at this point I’ll ever be able to come across “dog days” without thinking about my fic that I named “真夏 -the dogs days of summer-” lol. Pry doesn’t help either that Yuni’s ADHD ass reminds me of a dog (which actually didn’t influence the title; it was purely because it was hot as bleeping heck outside) and he’s even in canon compared to a border collie. (And even if Chika’s never compared to a cat in canon, I’ve already got that covered in another of my fics lol)

Some vocab of note:

土砂崩れ (どしゃくずれ) [noun] landslide
桧 (ひのき) [noun] hinoki cypress; Japanese cypress. It’s also written 檜 or in katakana; the name apparently comes from “火の木.”
毒草 (どくそう) [noun] poisonous plant
地響き (じひびき) [noun] subterranean rumbling; earth tremor. This was even used with what I’m assuming is the “to come; to arrive” sense of 降る.
袈裟懸け (けさがけ) [noun] wearing a kāṣāya (monk’s stole); wearing an article of clothing in the same manner as a kāṣāya (i.e. draped over one shoulder). I have come across this word multiple times in 2.43 but never did look it up until now. I never paid attention to how it was used, but I’d bet anything it was always used to describe how the characters carry their enamel sports bags.
ドツボに嵌まる (どつぼにはまる) [expression, ラ五] to find oneself in deep trouble


Day 6 - April 6

  • 美少年探偵団 1 - 10,27% → 13,64%

Didn’t get to read more yesterday, because of a lot of traffic on the way home for work (2 hours and 40 min instead of 1 hour and 10 min drive…) :sob:

Today I finished reading Chapter 3! I have a feeling that I am approaching the end of the introduction to the story, now that the characters have been introduced and the main girl has asked for help with her problem. I’m curious how they are going to help her find what she’s looking for, since it’s something that isn’t tangible.

I hope I can keep this pace going, so I can finish this novel by the end of the challenge! :blush: