📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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February 11
雪の朝 受験生は早めに試験会場へ 東京

Very low spirits day. One article is all that I could do today, hopefully tomorrow is a bit better :slight_smile: .

おめでとう!! :tada: :tada:


Thanks! Its been a bit better the last couple of days, think I’m starting to get more of a hang of the style and also the plot is starting to hook me in a bit more which is the thing that helps most for me I think! Having a variety of things is a good idea though…I should maybe get back to some of the manga I’m reading so I have something easier for those days where かがみ and persona 4 are too tough :thinking:


Day 42

Started Volume 5 of からかい上手の高木さん today, and read the first chapter. It was really sweet. I wasn’t originally planning to read the (元) series, but after how cute this chapter was, I think I probably will!

(Home Post)


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This is technically from yesterday, but I was reading at such a terrible hour of the night, I decided to go to bed instead of making a post :sweat_smile:.

A friend of mine linked this short manga (it has 8 pages) on twitter, and I decided to give it a shot for my daily reading because I’m ahead with 大海原と大海原 and don’t currently have a DDT translation I’m working on.

I was surprised to find that it is more or less at my level! The grammar isn’t too hard, and there are only a few kanji I didn’t know. It’s a little bit sad, though, just a warning, because it’s about the lack of marriage equality in Japan.


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Day 42: Today I read 6 pages of よつば&!


Home post :house:

Day 35:

I read just one page of よつばと! today. Simply doing my duty to my future self. :four_leaf_clover::medal_military::four_leaf_clover:

I’ll just award myself a medal for my loyalty and dedication to the cause


Except for the words circled in pencil, I could read the whole passage. Understanding it on the other hand is almost 0%. However, I like making this sort of progress. Once I can pronounce the words, it’s only a matter of time until I learn the meanings.


That’s wonderful, enjoy it! This passage was shared for a reason, too. I think I mostly follow it, but what I get out of it is super vague and rambling. If you’re curious, the words are (a conjugated) 怒る (おこる, to get angry) and 重要 (じゅうよう, important; major; etc)


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Day 42: February 11th

Time spent: 25 min
Today’s color: 萌黄色 (もえぎいろ) - light green; yellowish-green and 小町鼠 (こまちねず) - a very light white-gray

A double feature today, to make up for yesterday. I really like both these colors, actually, they’re very pretty. Apparently 小町鼠 was named that to be Cool for the Kidz :tm: honestly, it kind of worked lol, I like the name xD

Good words
  • 冴える (さえる) - to be clear (of a sight, sound, colour, etc.); to be bright; to be vivid; to be crisp
  • 萌え木 (もえぎ) - young tree sprouts; young tree buds
  • 萌葱 (もえぎ) - light yellowish green; color of a freshly sprouted onion
  • 鎧 (よろい) - armor
  • 直垂 (ひたたれ) - ancient ceremonial court robe​, looking like this
  • みなぎる - to rise high (of water); to overflow; to swell​; to be filled with (emotion, energy, etc.); to be bursting with; to be brimming with; to pervade (of an atmosphere, feeling, etc.); to prevail
  • 血気盛ん (けっきさかん) - passionate; hot-blooded; full of vitality
  • 生み出す (うみだす) - to create; to bring forth; to produce​; to invent; to think up and bring into being​; to give birth to; to bear
  • 若向き (わかむき) - intended for the young

まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ
Time spent: 7 min

Today’s reading was about うぐいす餅, which immediately made me think of the little bird friend I posted about a couple days ago. I google imaged them, hoping that they did indeed look like this bird, and while my search returned a disappointingly low number of bird-shaped mochi, I did find these ones, which are pretty darn adorable:

うぐいす餅 is actually mochi filled with red bean paste and topped with green soy flour​. They look yummy, would eat :+1:

Also, today’s reading contained a really neat color word: 翡翠色 (ひすいいろ) - jade green it was written in kana, but the kanji are just cool as heck

What else did I read?
Amount read: 6 pages
Time spent: 27 min

More penguins! Today I learned that penguin anatomy is weird, they’ve got like whole long leg bones inside those fat little bodies xD

Please bask in the cuteness of this penguin chillin’

And enjoy(?) these mildly cursed leg penguins xD

Some good words
  • ヒョウアザラシ - leopard seal derp
  • 丸呑み (まるのみ) - swallowing whole; swallowing without chewing
  • オットセイ - fur seal here is a smol one :pleading_face:
  • 尻込み (しりごみ) - recoil; hesitation; flinching; shrinking back what is the origin of this word xD
  • ためらう - to hesitate; to waver
  • ケープペンギン - African penguin (Spheniscus demersus); blackfooted penguin; jackass penguin; Cape penguin
  • マゼランペンギン - Magellanic penguin looks suspiciously like the African penguin
  • 飼育 (しいく) - breeding; raising; rearing
  • 特化 (とっか) - specialization; specialisation
  • よちよち歩き (よちよちあるき) - toddling; taking tottering steps (as in, the way penguins walk xD)
  • 腹ばう (はらばう) - to lie on one’s stomach; to sleep while lying on one’s stomach; to crawl on the ground; to sprawl
  • 行進 (こうしん) - march; parade
  • 転ける (こける) - to fall over; to fall down; to fall; to collapse​
  • かかと - heel

Knowing what I do about owls, this doesn’t surprise me.

What I know about owls


February 11 :snowflake: Home Post

As promised, I finished アゲイン!! today! It’s pretty interesting, it’s like a weird combo of a sports/club manga but also sci-fi? Wild :joy: I imagine I’ll continue it in the future (since I have all of them), but for now I’m messing with other things…

…so I started reading ヴァニタスの手記(カルテ)! And it’s been pretty slow going, but not so much because it’s hard as because it’s so pretty, I’m obsessed with the aesthetics immediately. Like even the cover has a fancy matte kind of texture to it, and the inner cover has shiny silver illustrations, and it’s just so pretty :sob: I know nothing about the series but I’m definitely intrigued so far, even outside of the art. The language honestly isn’t super difficult outside of some… creative uses of kanji? The mangaka is clearly very into French and so the furigana on some words is just katakana-ized French, which is just more interesting than anything.

(I also started playing the cat soup game (in Japanese obv) and it’s just so :pleading_face: hey it’s all reading practice lmao)


筋書(すじがき) - synopsis, plot
(すなわ)ち - that is, namely
復讐(ふくしゅう) - revenge
(ひい)~ - great-(grandfather, etc.)
貧血(ひんけつ) - anemia
(まさ)る - to excel, to surpass
機械仕掛(きかいじか)け - mechanism (but like the cool kind, google this if you wanna see cool steampunk things)


If you’re talking about Cats and Soup, which came up when I searched for this, you don’t know how excited and immediately disappointed you made me when I thought someone had, somehow, made a game based on the short anime film Cat Soup


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Day 41:

日本語: I read some of ミステリークロック.
Read-aloud: We read two chapters of ふしぎの国のバード.


中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学, and a bit of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.


I’m really late to the party, but there’s still time and I want to start reading more, so!

01 02 03 04 05 06
07 08 09 10 11 12:milky_way: 13:milky_way:
14:milky_way: 15:milky_way: 16 17 18:milky_way: 19 20:milky_way:
21:milky_way: 22:milky_way: 23 24 25 26 27

I’m planning to start Yotsubato vol.2 since I found the first one pretty manageable.


Yeah update time: Homepost 35 (whoo cracked a whole month of reading)

Solanin: finished with the main story just a few minutes ago. Not sure I understand the hype about it all that much. I’ve heard many people praise it highly. And sure it IS good but somehow I expected something more…
I personally liked the middle part the most. Around chapter 11-19 was the high point for me. My other thoughts I put in a spoiler.

The good points for me were the characters, they are all pretty likeable. Another high point is definitely the art. Some of the panels where they perform or when characters show emotions are just unbelievable.
I liked how the characters grieved for their dead friend. Would have even liked to have more detail in that part!
The bad points didn’t like much are: Some parts feel pretty fatalistic to me. The characters wallow in their sucky daily live with seemingly low drive to actually change something. Meikos sentence in chapter 27 captures that: あたしって何をやっても中途半端なんだよなぁ。I mean sure it might be realistic but I don’t feel like it makes for a story I personally find super interesting.
The thing I disliked the most though is that she got over her grieve by learning to play the guitar in like 1 month -.- (I know symbolism uwu). Sure everyone handles grieve differently but that was just something that sucked me out of the story somehow :frowning:

I will read the 2 chapters はるよこい attachment thing that plays after the story next. But I don’t expect it or the afterword to change my opinion much.

Other then that I kept on reading Slam Dunk and some daily news on Todai. Slam Dunk is just the right kind of silly and hype for me at the moment. Really enjoy it and since I’m just in the middle of 3/20 books I still have some story to get through.

After Solanin I need a replacement for my more intensive reading. Since a few Bookclubs are kicking of rather soon I will probably latch onto them.
So for the time beeing I’m thinking of using Tobira as “reading” material. Thinking of working through each chapter in 2 days kinda setup. I probably know most of the Grammar from Tobira already but the more article style reading might be a fresh breath of air and I’m sure to encounter some basic vocabulary that slipped through my reading cracks.
Tobira is sitting on my shelf forever and it would be a shame if I would get no use out of it after buying it so long ago. (swabian mindset intensifies)

Next update next weekend. Cu then :smiley:

Woooho. And another one.


Oh lmao sorry for the emotional rollercoaster, yeah I was talking about 猫とスープ!

Watching that was the most disorienting experience :joy: man I love animation. Definitely a very different experience from 猫とスープ


Never too late to start! :slight_smile:
I’m about to start Volume 2 of Yotsuba too!


Day 34: February 12

  • 魔女の宅急便 Chapter 1

Since I finished one chapter of Kino no tabi the day before yesterday and because I’ve been interested in Kiki for some time, I decided to switch for now. So far Kiki is a nice read and I can almost understand everything. Still a few loose ends but I think that these ends will resolve when I just continue reading ^^


It’s the weekend so no short Meaning Book reads for me today. Longer article about a older gent who runs a YouTube channel on art: 海外でも人気絶大! ミャンマーの風景画が“おじいちゃん先生”柴崎春通氏の添削で劇的変化
Article was pretty fluffy with just some minor background on the man running the channel and talking about how nice it is he can reach international audiences.

This is the video they linked in the article: [Eng sub] Waterside scenery of Myanmar / What happens when a professional corrects this Artwork? - YouTube
Hard JP subs, CC have English. I can see it being good listening practice for people who like watching art channels.


Haven’t checked in the whole week (I think?) so there is my little report:

On Sunday I read this week’s assignment of 大聖堂, and it was so gripping that I could not put it down, so I read until 2 am :grin: On Monday I finished the few pages that were left of it, and I started 幸せのパン (I want to watch the movie but I want to read the book first!) and it went quite ok. I did not have much time during the week but I managed to read a few pages every day. Today was sauna day, and because this book is a paper book, I took it to the sauna and read it there instead of my usual Little Prince. I finished the first episode (out of four) today, so it still seems like I could make it to the end of the book before the film festival ends :hand_with_index_finger_and_thumb_crossed: This evening, I started this week’s assignment of 笑わない数学者 and I would like to finish that today.

Plans for next week:

  • Finish 笑わない数学者 today
  • Read 大聖堂 tomorrow and then however long it may take me (my Japanese friend reading partner will travel next week, so if he gets too bored during the journey, he will maybe read next week’s assignment as well, and I need to prepare for that ^^)
  • Read 幸せのパン as well (I think I should try to fit in a few pages each day regardless of my other book, and read it full-steam once the other one is done).