Well, time for a proper update in I don’t know how many days. The last few days of my travels were more busy in a way I didn’t expect.
So I’ll just give an overall progress report and then move on to a few fun things I’ve read recently.
I’ve so far read Japanese every day (not today 15/4 yet, but will later I hope!). I’m almost finished with the current volume of Ask Graded Reader I’m reading. One more booklet and since it contains two stories, I will likely read them in one chunks each (finished tomorrow maybe!).
As for regular reading (funny, I never used this construction before learning Japanese, は you have broken me), I’ve read all days except the first day (before I decided to actually try for both every day so doesn’t count) and then I skipped yesterday because I was very tired and having just come home, I had some other things I’ve been wanting to do while away, so…
Side note: I started playing Going Under on my Switch yesterday. Such a fun game. I die a lot, but so far I’m having fun and not become frustrated. I’ll turn on assist mode if it becomes too frustrating. Frustration just isn’t something I enjoy, so assist mode in games are great.
Now, on to the fun reading that I will hide under a detail thingy. This is all from Ask Graded Reader level 4, volume 2, booklet #9 (or the fourth on in that volume), called 世界のどこかで日本のどこかで~本当にあった話~. And yes there will be spoilers.
This includes 3* different stories. (*Except the first one includes 3 bonus 1-page stories.)
The first one (and the longest especially with the extras) is the true story about a theft of 三億円.
A few days before the theft happens, the bank (that is the victim) gets a letter from the culprit (assumed, not confirmed) and they decided to show it like a letters cut from magazines used to write type of letter which meant it took me a while to manage to read. Enjoy!
Anyone know what 整ふく means (and how it is read)?
How did it end? Culprit got away! With so much money! O_O
And then came the short little one pages that to contrast was about really bad criminals.
These are mostly funny because of the last sentence of each. I’ll just blur these completely because I’ll have to tell most of it to share the funny.
#1 About a burglar who gets hurt during a burglary when he falls/breaks a glass case protecting/showcasing a doll. He later bleeds to death at home. (First the police thinks he’s been murdered until the connection to the burglary is made. The last line goes like this:
#2 Another thief/burglar who is apparently so afraid of having his stolen goods stolen that he has a 防犯ベル on his apartment door. Last line:
#3 A man comes home early in the morning (from work? Trip? Doesn’t say), and finds an unknown man sleeping in his bathtub. The man who came home also finds his sake drunk, his beer too, as well as food from the fridge gone (aka eaten). Well, easy case for the police. And here is the last line:
The second (long) story of the booklet was about how a Canadian man managed to use an item exchange website to go from a red paper clip to a house (through several different exchanges). Probably the most boring of the main three, but since I hadn’t heard the story before, it was interesting enough.
Story three is a real heartstring tugger. Called 空から降ってきた子猫の話. A few days after a volcanic eruption, a カラス picked up a kitten somewhere and flew some distance with it before dropping it, and some men saw the kitten fall and went to get it. Rushed it to the veterinarian and the kitten eventually becomes healthy and finds a good home. <3
So yeah, enjoyed this booklet. The non-fiction ones can be very hit or miss, but some interesting true stories from Japan (2+2 (shortie)), Canada (1), and USA (1 (shortie)).