📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

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Day 17:

日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 31.
Read-aloud: We (@tiny_river_otter :panda_face:) read three chapters of からかい上手の高木さん.


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 lot of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.



17th/18th January

女の子:This was super simple and cute! I might just use these as speaking practise until I get to the higher levels for now.
このドア開けてくれよ: Not too difficult - a lot of rent vocab so far aha.

New Vocab
  • 遭遇した - met with a (difficulty/accident)
  • 出来事 - an incident/affair
  • 当時 - at that time
  • 単身者 - unmarried person
  • 賃貸アパート - apartment for rent
  • 築年数 - age of a building
  • 不動産屋 - realtor
  • 付き添う - to accompany
  • 仕方なく - helplessly
  • 入居 - moving in (to house)
  • 慌ただしい - busy, hurried
  • 引っ越し - moving (dwelling)
  • 済ませる - to finish
  • しばらく - for a moment/the time being
  • 慣れる - to get used to
  • 経つ - to pass (time)
  • 帰宅 - returning home
  • 敷地 - plot (land)
  • 廊下 - corridor
  • 戻る - to turn back (halfway)

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Day 11: I read three more pages of よつばと:four_leaf_clover::four_leaf_clover::four_leaf_clover::heart:


Day 18!

I had my usual Tuesday night call with a friend to read 鋼の錬金術師. We read two pages together today, which went reasonably smoothly other than us both stumbling a bit over a use of という, which I’m not convinced I’ll ever quite get the hang of :grin:

I also read Chapter 14 of レンタルおにいちゃん, another fun and uplifting chapter, which has really cemented that the next chapter will be horrible and break my heart somehow…

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Day 18: Today I read 11 pages of よつば&!Its the fireworks festival chapter, and I remember it really well from when I read it in English years ago so this is very fun~


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Day 18: January 18th

Time spent: 17 min
Today’s color: 枯色 (かれいろ) - the color of dried grasses/fields

Fun fact for today: apparently in the Edo period, it was a thing to go dried-up field viewing (枯れ野見), a similar concept to 花見 but in the fall.

Some good words
  • 荒涼 (こうりょう) - desolate; dreary; bleak
  • 襲の色目 (かさねのいろめ) - combination of colors created by layering of garments
  • 待望 (たいぼう) - waiting expectantly; waiting eagerly; looking forward to
  • しのぶ - to imagine; to guess; to infer​

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 talked about 御神渡り (おみわたり) - ridged cracks of ice forming on lakes (most famously on Lake Suwa in Nagano). These look pretty cool, not gonna lie

What else did I read?
Amount read: 45 pages - finished
Time spent: 30 min

Well, I finished this already xD I enjoyed adorable pictures of tanuki and fox, but reading this felt a little like cheating, because there was not much text in this book at all :sweat_smile:

Despite the lack of text, I did learn some good words
  • しめしめ - all right!; that’s it!; thank God!; good!; I’ve got it!; I’ve done it!; bingo!​ (said quietly to oneself when things work out as one hoped)
  • 模索 (もさく) - groping (for); fumbling around (for); searching (for an answer, solution, etc.); trying to find
  • 前方不注意 (ぜんぽうふちゅうい) - not watching where one is driving; not keeping one’s eyes on the road
  • 一発芸 (いっぱつげい) - one-liner; funny joke; gag; quick trick
  • 九尾の狐 (きゅうびのきつね) - nine-tailed fox; old, golden-furred fox with nine tails and shapeshifting powers used to fool humans; orig. a Chinese mystical beast whose appearance was considered auspicious
  • 雨乞い (あまごい) - praying for rain
  • 雨宿り (あまやどり) - taking shelter from rain

My favorite word today was 団子虫 (だんごむし) - roly-polies! Also known as pill bugs These bugs were my childhood xD I used to find them around my yard/on the playground at school all the time and take them home with me to be my buddies. Best bugs :heart: And their Japanese name is so cute lol, just like them.

Some tanuki pictures to soothe your soul

Chillin’ with a watermelon - you know, as one does (why does this image feel like a whole mood)

Nine-tailed fox looks very soft and comfy xD

Sleepy babies <3

Be like tanuki, stand tall and take on the day :muscle:


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Achievement get: I read a whole chapter of 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ in one sitting! I’m almost a fourth of the way through now which is absolutely wild; at this rate I might actually finish it by the end of the challenge :flushed: I’m definitely noticing an increase in my reading stamina which helps a lot. I’m :sparkles:learning :sparkles:

I’m curious how other books will feel after this - maybe (かぜ)(つよ)()いている won’t feel so unattainable :eyes: It doesn’t have furigana though so kanji lookups would still be more of a barrier, but :eyes: we shall see

Also chapter 4 was iconic, ビスコ and パウー are both just so powerful, that fight scene?? Absolutely wild, ビスコ really picked up her motorcycle like a baseball bat :joy:

Cool words!

()(たぎ)る - to boil
寝覚(ねざ)めが(わる)い - to have an uneasy conscience
(けむ)()く - to confuse someone, to throw up a smokescreen
かち()る - to hit and break open (it was talking about cracking someone’s head open like a watermelon (it didn’t actually happen though) lmao rough)
(しの)びない - cannot bring oneself (to do)

I ran into a couple phrases that took some digging, particularly this: 「白く飛んでゆく」. It was in the context of someone passing out from like blinding pain, and I think it’s derived from/inspired by/whatever from 白飛(しろと)び. From what I understood, it’s when you’re taking a picture and it’s super bright so part of the photo just gets blown out with white light, which makes total sense as a description in that context! These are the sort of puzzles I end up with in 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ :sweat_smile: That’s part of the fun though!

Rando's opinion

I checked Natively and no one has rated it yet so I did a 立ち読み on Honto and skipped a handful of pages because it seemed to be setting up a scene/atmosphere and IMO those scenes are always the hardest because they tend to be more poetic than the rest of the book (in most cases).
My opinion from skimming:
The book you’re currently reading has been rated harder than I personally would rate this (although I haven’t read 錆喰いビスコ). The spread of vocabulary might challenge you but they’re all everyday words which will prove useful in reading other books after it. I would compare it to 君の名は in difficulty, minus the dialect challenge of that particular book. I think low 30s or high 20s (let’s say 28-32) would be appropriate with my understanding of the ranking system and mentally comparing it to other books I’ve read.

So all this to say - yeah kanji look ups will suck but you totally got this. :muscle:

Minor aside on kanji lookups

also btw KanjiTomo totally works on the Honto app so you can use OCR to do quick checks and the app also allows you to highlight bits of text and search via Google.
Like so:
ebookjapan also allows Google lookups but their app blocks OCR.



Day 19. I reread page 186 then also read 187 of Kiki. Going super slow on these pages because I’m finding it harder to understand what the old lady says, and need more time to figure it out and use DeepL for small parts I’m really stuck on.


Today’s article was 綾瀬はるか:“月9”初主演で初の弁護士役 「このミス」大賞作「元彼の遺言状」実写化で - it’s an interview with an actress whose performance I liked in 天国と地獄.

Some words I looked up

実写化 - adaption into a live action show or film (from manga or anime)
容姿端麗 - looking attractive
抜群 - top notch
敏腕 - skillful
緻密 - small details
貪欲 - greed
痛快 - thrilling (胸がすっとして,非常に愉快に感じる)

It’s a promo for a new show she’s doing where she will be acting as a lawyer. I’m on the fence as to whether I’m interested in watching it. I do love a mystery, but the “wow, this lawyer/cop/scientist/etc is good at their job and they’re hot” trope doesn’t do much for me.


Ah yeah, from my (super limited lmao) experience I definitely feel that; I don’t think I ever really got beyond that part of (かぜ)つよ before so that probably didn’t make it seem any easier :sweat_smile: I briefly checked out the first page or so to see and maybe I’m partially biased since I’ve technically read it before, but it feels much simpler than 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ, so that’s really encouraging! I’m sure the vocab is a totally different beast than the weird stuff 錆喰(さびく)いビスコ’s always up to haha, definitely more generally applicable

Ahh thank you! :grin: It’s definitely seeming more feasible than I would’ve imagined at this point, so maybe the time to make decent progress on one of my longer-term goals is approaching… exciting :eyes:


I read fourteen pages of Death Note this morning.

いたずら者------いたずらもの------mischief-maker; trickster; prankster

可笑しい------おかしい------funny; amusing; comical


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Tanuki Scroll XIX: 猫神(ねこがみ) :cat2:

Read today’s folktale, from Nagasaki Prefecture!

About a samurai and his pregnant wife and their beloved cat, タマ. The samurai is tasked with hunting a boar on the night his wife expects the baby to be born. The cat transforms into their maid to warn the samurai, but he mistakes the cat for a tanuki and shoots it with his bow and arrow. The cat runs back to the house and he chases it to find that his wife has gone into labour. He helps deliver the child and forgets about the tanuki. In the morning he finds that he’s killed his cat who was trying to warn him of the birth.

To honour the cat he makes a shrine, and people who love cats now go to worship the cat god there. It says that the shrine is still there today in くろかみちょう [黒髪町] but I can’t really find much about it. But there is a place nearby called “猫山ダム” :smile_cat:

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New Words

身重「みおも」ー Pregnant
イノシシ「猪」ー Wild Boar (I think I remember the kanji from the Zodiac, but I don’t remember the reading)
心細い「こころぼそい」ー Helpless; Forlorn; Lonely
「ほこら」ー A small shrine

佐世保 「させぼ」ー Sasebo

Return of the Rikai Reply

I’m like half-perfectionist, half-just roll with it… it gets a bit awkward sometimes :melting_face:
(I’ve never noticed this emoji before and I wanted to use it)

But yeah, it’s hard weighing up what resource will be best for you, with both your time and money, since they all get pretty pricey (worth the money though), and sometimes it’s hard to wager how good a resource is just from the free trial. I say this, but then I bought WK on a whim when I didn’t really have the money… soooo… :sweat_smile:

You’re doing great though! You’ve been in each of these threads so far, and that’s a lot of reading. Even if it doesn’t feel it at times, just turning up and reading a short bit is progress in itself, and like you said, it’s not always noticeable just how much you’ve learnt until you get that poof moment and you’re like… waittttt, I can read this!
There’s been a few times I’ve read a paragraph without thinking, and have to stop to be like, I understood that! Then go back to read it again because I don’t believe it. But now brain is conscious that I am in fact reading Japanese and can no longer read it… thanks brain why must you be this way?

We all learn different anyways, any learning is still learning! Even if you learn wrong at the start - which really, especially with self-study, we’re gonna probably be learning a lot in weird ways - using other resources to learn and relearn the same things just cements it further. It’s hard to be consistently efficient with your learnings, even if we want them to be, I think it’d do more harm than good if we were always 100% on it with no chill.

Suppose I’ve just got wary of the internet being the internet, where some guy declares all out war because some other guy dares to say he prefers the green balls over the yellow ones when playing in the ball pit. :rofl:
But here’s definitely a welcome change, yeah there’s some threads here that go way overboard, but they don’t happen that often.

Be the tanuki, the 100% official bestest way to Japanese:

:raccoon: THE TANUKI METHOD :raccoon:
Transform yourself into a Japanese master

Step One of the Tanuki Method:

This fox and tanuki are way too cute I don’t even know what to do with myself anymore


Update post for 16/1 - 19/1 | Home post here!

This has been a bit more of a varied few days! Spent the weekend and Monday powering through レンタルおにいちゃん Vol. 4… and then I got a rather large gap filled in on my arm yesterday. So! Today’s reading was something new that I haven’t seen pop up in this thread yet - a smartwatch app! This is the the first tattoo I’ve gotten since buying a fitness watch that tracks my body stress levels and merges a lot of data to give me a ‘body battery’ rating. I’ve found it fascinating to see the parallels of my bodies reaction to how it reacted to my covid jabs. Here, the screenshot of my body battery level upon waking up this morning, where I had high stress points whilst sleeping (!!!) and the app is shaming me into having a restful day because I only recovered 15 points whilst sleeping.

Spoiler: didn’t really have a restful day as it’s my week off work so I’d arranged to meet some friends for lunch. :sweat_smile: But tomorrow I will. Normally I’d restore my body battery levels back to 100 overnight, so fingers crossed for tomorrow.

I’ve dotted some Animal Crossing throughout the week, and this evening I watched this week’s episode of Book of Boba Fett with a friend, with Japanese subtitles. Which is something that we’ve actually been doing every week but for some reason I hadn’t considered it as reading until today. Coincidentally, I learnt 同盟 in my WK lessons this morning, and it came up in this week’s episode which was some nice instant reinforcement.

Here's some words from this week that I've picked up!

補強 - ほきょう - reinforcement
脆い - もろ - brittle, fragile
下敷き - したじ - being trapped under (and also, apparently, a desk pad)


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January 19

かがみの孤城 (下)
Progress: (24% → 26%)

Smol read today :mag:


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Ok, so I read an hour and a half, and that’s neat. However, there’s a part of me debating if it’s time to leave Ace Attorney and head for something else, because case 5 truly is a jump in difficulty all around. The level of quirky writing they’re going for leads to an overload of words labelled obscure, and otherwise clearly not particularly high value words clogging up everything. I can’t expect writers to write totally literally and without references all the time (and the writing would be no fun if they did), but basically every day I’ve read led to some internet searches to figure out what could possibly be going on, and I have to imagine there’s something I could be reading and getting more out of, for the moment. I love the game, but at 83 hours and up against these struggles, it’s wearing on me. A small part of me, while I know this doesn’t really matter, is disappointed I can’t be like “I finished a full game!” if I do go with this, but so be it, heh.

All the same, I don’t mean to sound TOO beaten up about it. Jumping to Ace Attorney was something I did as an experiment earlier than I had planned to because screenshots looked easy, and it’s gone better than I anticipated. It got me into really committing to just learning from native material. I was already doing manga and the like on the side, but I used it to make the big step and drop Satori Reader for basically no more “constructed learner materials”

Still, let me share one of today’s many struggles:

Phoenix accused her of possibly having ulterior motives (again this is VERY early case stuff I promise no spoilers), she responded with a few stern words about false accusations and the like, and then… this. I think I’ve found a site that explains it? And I’m probably able to fake my way through it well enough with Yomichan, but this was at the tail end of the reading and I’m just too tired right now. I’ll give it a shot later.

I know these sort of struggles are inevitable, but I want to think they’re a little higher volume than normal here? I have to imagine I’d be better served hitting my head against a grammar wall or something a little for now, rather than a cultural/reference one.


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I read two more chapters of 時をかける少女 today (I think that’s chapter 6 and 7)
I did not expect Gorou to want to call the hospital right away :scream_cat: But Kazuo’s reaction was hilarious as well.
There were a few more difficult sentences today, but overall it was still understandable :heart: I think I’ll read a bit in the book club, maybe I’ll learn a thing or two :stuck_out_tongue:


I was at a similar point last week with one of the books I was reading (although I hadn’t put nearly as much time into it), and I basically had the same thoughts of “could I get more out of a different book at this point in time?” Long story short, I dropped the book and am happy about it right now.

If you’re looking for more approachable material, there’s currently a whole lot of book clubs going on with books that are not too hard to read, e.g. かがみの孤城 or 地球星人 or 笑わない数学者 - I guess if you’re devoted to it you could manage to catch up on any of them if you are interested. (Unless I’m highly overestimating your book reading abilities, that is…)


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January 19 update:
Read 5 pages of 時をかける少女 today. Apparently I misinterpreted how things are supposed to work in this story, or perhaps they were a bit misleading in the beginning, whether intentionally or not.


So this chapter I read today started with a time leap, as was expected from how the previous chapter ended, but the mechanics of it were different. Kazuko ended up in the same place she was before the leap, and it surely wasn’t the same place she was supposed to be at in her past where she “landed.” She even thought that there is indeed a second Kazuko sleeping in her bed, and went on to check – only to find that there’s none (well, actually, this was in the second line of the next chapter, which I didn’t intend to read, but I couldn’t resist peeking, :sweat_smile: even though this was kind of expected from other circumstances, such as her having her schoolbag with her).

So this looks like a weird hybrid between the two options I described above: the consciousness stays in the same body, just at an earlier time; …and the body teleports? Sounds weird to me, but let’s see how they explain this – if there’s any explanation at all. Or maybe my interpretation is wrong again :upside_down_face:


Thanks for the help, and I’m glad to hear that worked for you! Ace Attorney isn’t going anywhere anyway so it’s probably the right call. Once some of this reading is a little more comfortable at its base, it’d be a better time to tackle some of this stuff that’s tripping me up.

I very much appreciate the suggestion, and I’ve had a great time with some of the low level book clubs for manga, but I think my plan for now is to head out into another visual novel. I’ve always kind of planned to make that where I get the majority of my sentence mining from since you can easily get some very nice setups for it, and reading VNs was a part of what made me want to learn Japanese from the beginning. And I’m looking forward to probably having part of it voiced, since I keep neglecting listening (relatively, anyway).

All the same, I might consider doing some of those late, after I get through Zoo 1 (and maybe 2 after, because I’m enjoying 1). Some of the excitement people here seem to have around かがみの孤城 has gotten me really interested, and I do really want to check out Sayaka Murata, whether through that or good old コンビニ人間 .

You know, it’s really hard for me myself to pin down because after I wrapped up Genki 2 I basically just read, like ~30 volumes of relatively easy manga while reading the majority of things on Satori Reader, and going to books at all always felt like a distant dream, but both Ace Attorney and Zoo 1 have been doable enough to stick them out this long. I’m still in that period where it’s hard to know how real it is yet, like, “did I just stumble onto the two unusually easiest things to read?” It’ll take a little more time to really feel like I know where I am, haha.