I’ve just been catching up on the forums and realised we’re reading the same book! I didn’t put it into my home post because I consider this a separate challenge for myself - I’m trying to read the appropriate entry every day throughout the whole year, but then wanted to make sure I didn’t read just that so I’m still reading novels/manga on top for this challenge.
Tanuki Scroll X: 雪女
Read today’s Hyakumonogatari [百物語], about two hunters in the snowy mountains encountering yuki-onna.
Today is 成人の日!
Coming of age day, were you celebrate becoming an adult… and then wish you could go back. The age of becoming an adult has been 20 in Japan (says here it’s been that way for the past 140 years), but it was changed to 18 in 2018, and fully coming into effect this April.
Not exactly sure why it’s being changed, and it seems I’m not the only one confused from a quick search. Further reading (in English I’m sorry, searching for it in Japanese killed my brain) states that a few laws are being changed so you can legally do more at 18, festival holders are in chaos, and kimono rentals/sellers are rolling in the profits.
☆ Learnings ☆
(I looked this one up further as it felt like the meaning would be more specific than just “gun”. It can be used to mean guns in general but seems that it connotates more to the Tanegashima (matchlock) type of guns; the olde rifle-like ones you see in all the samurai stuff.)
吹雪「ふぶき」ー Snow storm; Blizzard
チロチロ ー Flicker (light) - in this case the flickering of a fire.
フッ ー Huff / Puff (the noise of something disappearing; here it’s used as the fire is extinguished by the wind)
儘「まま」ー Condition / State (I don’t think the kanji is used much but I added it anyway)
針仕事「はりしごと」ー Needlework / Sewing
包む「つつむ」(to wrap up; to bundle)
(Though in this story it’s used to mean “to cover”, as in ‘the mountain is completely covered in snow’, I didn’t know it could be used like this, so new meaning too!)
覆う「おおう」(also means “to cover”)
君の名は , 8 pages.
- うぬぼれる = to be conceited.
- 背負う = せおう to carry on one’s back.
- 繋げる = つなげる to connect, to tie.
- せせらぎ = the sound of water running.
- 捻じる = ねじる to twist, to screw.
- 顎 = あご chin (found it with no kanji but might as well learn it).
- 木陰 = こかげ shade of a tree.
- 水筒 = すいとう water bottle, canteen (I didn’t know this word in English).
- 窪地 = くぼち a pit, a depression, a terrain that is lower than its surroundings.
The SRS is starting to take off. I haven’t had a proper SRS routine since I finished WK in March of last year. Currently doing around 20 new words a day, which was also my WaniKani pace, and it’s reaching about 70 words per day right now. I expect it to go up to around 150-200 a day like WK, which normally I have no problem with. But I hope I’m ready for it when it comes D: I can always just stop adding words if I feel overwhelmed.
I’ve also started listening to podcasts again, finally c: But I’m not using SRS at all for these. I do check some words that come up to see what they mean or how they’re written, but that’s about it. I think I’ll go with a much more relaxed route with listening, and not worry as much if I don’t understand something. But so far it’s been really good and enjoyable, and I generally don’t get overwhelmed since it’s not as straining as reading is sometimes. Also I just listen for as long as I feel like, some days it’s nothing, the other day was 2h . But this is only because I found one that is absolutely perfect for my level and I understand the majority of it. It wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
I can say it was free a little while back, like a month before the club started, because I snatched up volumes 1-3 then. Unfortunately I dunno enough about how Bookwalker chooses its free manga to know if that means there’s a good chance of it coming up again in a little while, or if it might be a very long time, or what
- Finished それでも歩は寄せてくる vol 4. Reread the last two chapters and the recommends. Got into the deep stuff trying to figure Shogi terminology. This was all in Japanese too though. I’ve really started to like this series a lot. The next two will be physical copies for me. I reread for deeper analysis more frequently with books that I own physically.
- First pass on よつばと！chapter 6. Definitely sped through this one. I’ll come back to it. I just really wanted to get to:
- Started Eastward on the Switch!
- Retro style graphics are pleasing but it travels over to the text. I’ve had to infer some kanji already. Thanks to a decent amount of experience on the Super Famicom JRPGs it isn’t too slow. This was in the intro story, which had an old time feel to it, but when you open up to characters and dialogue for the first time I noticed a much cleaner, but still retro-looking font. The game menus are modern crisp fonts, so there’s that.
- Got my spreadsheet format all setup and filled in for the intro so far.
- I forgot 塩 again… I hand wrote that kanji everyday for more than a year when I was learning to make sourdough bread and keeping a baking journal in Japanese. Yet, here I am looking at 塩水, scratching my head. Luckily, its memory lapses like these that help really solidify items sometimes.
- Animal Crossing chores.
Yeah, just the one. I forget, these take a decent amount of time for me to really get into at first.
We’ve been watching the anime of March Comes In Like a Lion which is shogi themed and I’ve bought the first couple of volumes to read in japanese. Toying with the idea of a buying a shogi game on the Switch to try to help me learn the vocabulary (and the game!) in context once I get stuck into reading them.
January 10 update:
Read 4 pages of 時をかける少女 today! After I switched to the “extensive” reading mode (I guess?), reading became just so much more fun that I’d probably keep reading for a few hours if I had them… At this pace, things are actually happening (maybe getting past the introductory scene also helped ), and even though I’m certainly missing some details (hopefully, nothing super important), I finally feel like I’m actually reading a story rather than deciphering a code.
Yup ofc I may be a slowwwwwwww reader but I’ll try ! Currently reading
I cant even read the kanji on the frontttt let’s see how this goes……
Today I spent three reading sessions reading a (longer than normal) chapter of ティアムーン帝国物語２, which was around 16 pages! It was pretty easy, which was nice after the last couple of chapters, and very fun.
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Found the wiki if you’d like a jumping off point for looking up character names and whatnot!
Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
late weekly update from here. Didn’t manage to get much reading done, not in terms of quantity, but at least I sticked to daily reading in one form or another! Honestly, I wasn’t home most of day this past week, so that makes it hard to stick to a routine…
week 1 updates
1/4 : 日本の歴史366、15min
1/5: 暁のヨナ、chapter 58, ~1hour in order to look up words, and then again, read again with bookclub.
1/7: 日本の歴史366、5 min (only the daily page that night lol )
1/8: 暁のヨナ、chapter 59 with bookclub
日本の歴史366、38 min (guilt took over me and I mass read some backlog stories too haha)
1/10: y’all got me curious over all this colour talk and so I went to that site windupbirb has been linking, and somehow my eye has always a liking for the ‘your lucky this’, ‘your birthday that’, and ended up reading about 紅梅色! I love it!
also, 日本の歴史366, 10 min.
Oh also guys there’s a website called bookwalker.jp that has Japanese books online such as 人間失格to 鬼滅の刃 some books are 1~10 pounds mostly! Hope I could help… butttt I forgot to mention that I’m not exactly sure how reliable it is as I haven’t heard anyone talk about it
I was lazy or rather spend too much time reading books in english, so just 15 pages ofドメスティックな彼女 manga volume 1.
But once I have finished reading the whole Lovecraft book collection I will have more time for reading in japanese.
同志 どうし like-mindedness; (being of the) same mind; shared sentiment N1
抜け出すぬけだす to sneak away
合コン ごうコン joint party female and male students, mixer
Read and finished 大聖堂 (The Pillars of the Earth). Chapter 1.1. It was almost twice as much as last week, but I finished it in two days as well.
Seems like the general rule of „prologue is the hardest part“ strikes here as well I collected most of the unknown words but not all as I was reading the very last part in bed and I was too lazy to capture any words from that part. Altogether I‘m probably at about 600 new words from these two weeks so it’s not as if I‘ll be running out of words to study any time soon
Now I have 4 days to make progress on 本陣 which sounds amazing. Would be great if I could catch up on the bookclub
Absolutely love to hear it.
Ace Attorney: Another hour and a half; the words I want to mine have been coming pretty quickly recently. Today I hit the 70 hour mark on a game that howlongtobeat lists between 17.5-22 hours, haha. When I think about it, first opening Zoo 1 on the Kindle gave me an average time people take to read the book, but then as you read it seems to adjust to how quickly you’re moving. Currently I have more time left on this chapter I’m partway through than the average person takes for the whole book. I’m sure people can relate, haha. Today was fun because right when it was time to quit, I reached the best witness, and for that, can only give a spoiler image:
Favorite new word is undoubtedly 火花 (ひばな), meaning spark. It’s fire flower! Sometimes kanji is wonderfully evocative.
Zoo 1: Moved slowly through a few a more pages of this. In a spoiler free way, suffice to say, this seems really dark and I’m worried for people! I thought slowly deciphering Japanese would stifle the impact for a while, but honestly, it feels like the exact opposite is true for me. Having to take the book so slowly stops me from flying past things too quickly and really gives each individual bit time to sink in. I find that I’m more bothered by this than I think I would be an equivalent sort of disturbing story in English. I’m really getting invested in seeing where this one is going, but limited by my reading stamina still. There are quite a few unknown words to juggle.
日本語: I read a lot of 伯爵と妖精 30.
中国語: I read an intermediate entry on Mandarin Bean, one page of 擅长捉弄的高木同学, and some of 孩子最爱读的中国民间故事.
・かがみの孤城. I was completely hooked into the book today, so I finished week 8, 9 and 10. Very good book, I like.
Progress: (44% → 62%)
This is, however, affecting my sleep sleep time
I should probably post an update before I forget what I read
January 6 - January 9
Read the 地球星人 section for this week (IBC) on Friday, and orange on the other days. There’s something about the writing style in orange that I don’t really love (switching back after reading 地球星人 is always a bit of an adjustment), but I’ve gotten used to it by now. I’m about half way through now and somewhat interesting things have started happening! I don’t think it’s gonna be my favorite book or anything, but it’s a pretty comfortable read so far.
I scrapped my plan to not read several things at once and started NO. 6 vol. 2 today That gets my ‘currently reading’ count to 3 if I don’t count manga or books I’ve put on hold.
For some reason I just seem to like having different books for different purposes (in this case: one for vocab mining/intensive reading and one for more casual reading, + one book club book)
As long as I don’t forget to continue any of them it should hopefully be fine, I think
Welp, my reading today consisted of example sentences in All About Particles. I’m able to pick out a few things grammar wise here and there! I also read way too many vocab words in WK and Torii, and typed out way too many notes watching Cure Dolly lesson 6 Hoping to read something more before bed! I may start しろくまカフェ as I wait for my よつばと! reading pal to catch up, even though I know it’s a harder manga in general, and よつばと! is already hard enough at my level!