📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2022 ☃❄

Yeah, it was something like “UFO detection.” I guess a lot of the more complex words are on the less useful side, because even if they don’t have a more common equivalent, I don’t think they get used all that often. But in this case is can also be quite hilarious :grin:

Wow, that’s quite a feat! Did you know all the constituent kanji when you read it?
(I just looked it up again, and there’s just one kanji that I don’t know – and even that one I’ve certainly seen before… I guess it just looked too scary :joy:)

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Wow those are amazing pictures, thank you.

Oh that’s awful! I hope it’s fixed soon, and you can stay warm :worried:

I adored that chapter, but it’s an early reminder of just how often uncommon words are going to pop up EVERYWHERE, haha. Commonly recommended beginner manga? Here’s a chapter on global warming right away. Also wow, I just learned 暖 this level so I finally can read all of that! Thanks for that reminder, that’s cool; I remember it being terrifying before.

Welcome! More is always better, and best of luck!

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Summer Pockets: ~2300 characters, ~190 lines, a little over an hour. This is a pretty steady pace for me now, and about the time it takes to grab somewhere in the 20-25 words mined zone that I shoot for (I’m good at dumping problems onto future-Daisoujou so it’s always hard to stop mining words hah).

Today was fun! I had another choice of where to go without つむぎ available so I went to the shrine, and it was just a tiny opportunity to donate some money. Wonder what that’s about :thinking: . Then we hung out and began plans to umm… build a veranda out of not-Pringles cans.

I certainly do appreciate highbrow literature. This led to lots of little encounters together with more of the cast which are always a highlight. Another memorable thing was the VN using furigana for the first time ever, on 盛者必衰 (じょうしゃひっすい), a Buddhist expression apparently from the Humane King Sutra meaning “even the prosperous inevitably decay.” I kinda love the juxtaposition of that with not-Pringles can nonsense.

Zoo 2: 2 days and I’m already at 9% and page 18, which is great for me. It’s still a little tougher because there are two old men now, but the story has a lot of dialogue which makes for more gaps in the pages, and also I’m just having a great time reading it, so I’ve been going as long as my stamina allows. This has blown past horror into absolute slapstick nonsense.

A slightly spoiler-y discussion of the first Zoo 2 story

So, this guy who lost the ability to feel pain wakes up to realize he’s covered in blood, and soon realizes there is a knife in him, while he’s somewhat isolated at a mountain vacation home with a few family members and his elderly (95 years old!) personal doctor. And then it’s just absurdity after absurdity. The whole family is either incompetent from freaking out or just outwardly like “Hooray, he’s dying; let’s take his things!” The doctor’s shaky hands can’t properly operate with the rusty scalpel he brought, and he lost the blood he brought specifically for this purpose. So this guy is just sitting around, knife is his side, blood constantly leaking out of him, while everyone around him is doing everything short of falling over on banana peels or talking about how excited they are.

Reading is fun! Coolest new word is 都市伝説 (としでんせつ), urban legend. Very self explanatory kanji there.


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February 13

本好きの下剋上 8
Progress: 90% → 100%

Finished volume 8 of Honzuki light novel series :partying_face: That was fun, from the prologue all the way to the end. Definitely felt like I was reading faster today.

I started this book three weeks ago, hoping I could balance the other books I was reading as well, but I kinda got stuck in the Saikawa&Moe book while Kagami no Kojou felt a bit heavy thematically for me. I’ll definitely get back to both of those.

Though I’m a biiiit behind in one of the book clubs (three weeks behind? :durtle_durtverted_lvl1:), I’m happy that I spent time on Honzuki too. Enjoyed it a lot :durtle_noice:


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Day 44: February 13th

Time spent: 10 min
Today’s color: 薄香 (うすこう) - kind of a light beige-y color

Dyeing clothes with clove gets you this color (and some good-smelling clothes)

Good words
  • 色味 (いろみ) - shade; tone; tinge; hue; color; tint
  • 丁子 (ちょうじ) - clove
  • 香木 (こうぼく) - fragrant wood; aromatic tree
  • 常緑高木 (じょうりょくこうぼく) - tall, evergreen tree
  • 熱帯 (ねったい) - tropics
  • 珍重 (ちんちょう) - prizing; valuing highly; esteeming

まいにち暦生活 日本の暮らしを楽しむ365のコツ
Time spent: 6 min

Today’s reading was about ダイヤモンドダスト and how pretty and 幻想的 it is (I like this word - 幻想的 [げんそうてき] - fantastic; magical; wondrous; whimsical; fairytale-like; romantic). It can be written in kanji as 細氷 (さいひょう).

What else did I read?
Amount read: 8 pages
Time spent: 38 min

Oh nooo, now we’re on seals :pleading_face: I love seals D: I think I say that about every sea creature lol but it’s true, I love them all

This is probably the cutest thing I have seen today: orcas holding baby seals :rofl:

And also this friendly-looking walrus

Some good words


  • スナメリ - black finless porpoise (why is this the most friendly-looking porpoise :pleading_face: I love it so much)
  • アシカ - eared seal (esp. the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus); sea lion
  • オットセイ - fur seal (esp. the northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus); Alaskan fur seal​​
  • トド - Steller sea lion (big bois)
  • セイウチ - walrus
  • オタリア - South American sea lion (this sea lion pretty much writes kanji better than I do :sweat_smile:)
  • タテゴトアザラシ - harp seal (smol :pleading_face: :pleading_face:)


  • 飼育員 (しいくいん) - caretaker (at a zoo or aquarium); keeper; attendant; breeding staff
  • おねだり - begging; pestering; pleading; coaxing​
  • 器官 (きかん) - organ (of body, plant, etc)
  • 脂肪組織 (しぼうそしき) - adipose tissue
  • 発する (はっする) - to let out; to utter; to produce; to emit; to give forth; to discharge
  • パッと見 (ぱっとみ) - (at) a glance; (judging from) appearances
  • 表紙 (ひょうし) - cover (of a book, magazine, etc.); binding
  • ややこしい - puzzling; tangled; complicated; complex
  • ビュンビュン - with a whoosh; with a swish; with a whirl; whizzing by (my new favorite onomatopoeia)
  • ふさふさ - in tufts; tufty; bushy; thick; luxuriant
  • とぅるとぅる - couldn’t find this in the dictionary, but according to this, it probably meant “smooth” in this context (fur seals are ふさふさ, sea lions are とぅるとぅる)
  • 這う (はう) - to crawl; to creep; to go on all fours​
  • 耳たぶ (みみたぶ) - earlobe the fact that this sounds like “ear tab” lol
  • 混同 (こんどう) - confusion; mixing; merger
  • いかつい - stern; grim; rough; rugged; forbidding; overbearing; square (shoulders)​
  • ぺたぺた - sound of a flat surface repeatedly making contact with something​ (the ぺたぺた of sea lion flippers xD)

But of course! Welcome! :wave: :smile:


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Today I finished the main story and the epilogue of ティアムーン帝国物語 2!!! I’m done! Whoo!! I feel very accomplished, haha. This was my second book in Japanese, and it was definitely easier than the first one (which was ティアムーン帝国物語 1).

Thoughts on the Reading Process

There were still a LOT of lookups even though book 2 was easier overall, ahaha. About 10 per page on the harder chapters, 8 per page on the easier ones. I have a high lookup tolerance and a low tolerance for dealing with ambiguity, so… lots of lookups (often of the same words ahaha). But anyway, hopefully book three has less unknown stuff. I know the author’s writing style, regularly used expressions, etc. which is quite nice. I might not start book three for a few days though.


Oh it’s me, looking up every unknown word I ever see :sweat_smile:

Fantastic job! :tada:

I dunno anything about the series honestly, but reading challenges aside, I take it you enjoyed it if you’re off to read 3 in a few days? Haha.


Oh it’s me, looking up every unknown word I ever see :sweat_smile:

I’m glad it’s not just me :joy:

Fantastic job! :tada:

Thank you! It’s a very fun, light series. I’ve read it in English before and I loved it so much I started rereading it in Japanese after I’d only read a grand total of 1 - yes, 1 - volume of manga. (The first volume was a bit of a slog, as you might imagine, haha.) But I would highly recommend the series to people who are fans of the rebirth genre and like funny, heartwarming stories.


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Day 42:

日本語: I read a fair amount of 機動強襲型令嬢アリシア物語1 and a bit of ミステリークロック.


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.

Day 43:

日本語: I read a fair amount of ミステリークロック.


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.
Read-aloud: We read about half of the second story.

And another week completed! The remaining days are starting to look few.


Fighting a similar battle here. The boiler is malfunctioning and we have been freezing here at times. Unfortunately, every time we get a technician out here the boiler is performing flawlessly. It’s malfunctioning again tonight. Leaving it off for a couple hours seams to have reset the boiler into a working order but the temp dropped a lot.

I was having a pretty easy time with it for the first 30 pages. Got to a section, on Thursday, that appears to be mixing time/location/reality, spent an hour reading and re-reading the same 3 pages before switching to an episode of Terrace House Aloha State (JA subs). I’ll come back to reading it again soon.

Update February 10-13

  • 10: 聲の形 3 pages, over and over again. Terrace House Aloha State
  • 11: それでも歩は寄せてくる chapter 47. Terrace House Aloha State
  • 12: それでも歩寄せてくる chapter 48. 極主夫道 chapter 12.
  • 13: 極主夫道 chapter 13. Wiki entry for 樂焼, raku-yaki.or.jp , and this site.

About to close out this Japanese Film Festival 2022 interest survey.


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Alright, today was more normal :joy: I read some more ヴァニタス手記(カルテ)! I’ve been enjoying it a lot, actually; it’s absolutely gorgeous. There’s so much detail in basically every single panel, it’s wild. Honestly, I didn’t tend to read a whole lot of manga before I started studying Japanese (I generally stuck to anime and only really picked up manga if I really enjoyed a show and wanted more), but I think this might be converting me :blush: I just adore the way it’s all laid out, really. (And as gorgeous as it all is there’s still goofs and that’s the best combination)

Difficulty-wise, ヴァニタスの手記(カルテ) is… strange lmao. Like 90% of the time it’s pretty simple, few to no lookups, not very dense, etc. but the other 10%? Oh boy, it hits with a vengeance :joy: I’ll be vibing just reading along no issue and suddenly I’m like “woah, what even are any of the words you just said”

All in all, I’m really glad I decided to give it a go! I expected it to be lot… weightier? of a read than it is, but it’s mostly just slow because I’m looking at all the pretty backgrounds :grin:

I have words today!

失念(しつねん) - forgetting, lapse of memory
爆睡(ばくすい) - fast asleep (like “crashed,” I love this lmao)
居合(いあ)わせる - to happen to be present
もみ()す - to stub out, to cover up, to suppress
伯爵(はくしゃく) - count, earl (bc we’re in ~France~)
礼儀知(れいぎし)らず - rude, mannerless
()(かた)る - to impersonate someone, to go under a false name

Oof spot on :sweat_smile: yes I’ve looked up this same conjunction variation like three times this session for no reason, and? I’ve gotta make sure I know :joy: One day I’ll have faith in my memory maybe


Over the last three days I’ve read sixteen pages of ちゃお、four pages of ぴこぷり, eight pages of Death Note, and nine pages of The Way of the HouseHusband. A few new words I learnt are:

肌身離さず------はだみはなさず------(carrying) close to one’s person; next to the skin

ギリギリ------grinding (sound); grating; gnashing​

素潜り------すもぐり------skin diving; free diving


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Day 2 - February 13
1 episode of Shirokuma Cafe with Japanese subtitles.

Couldn’t find the time/energy to crack open a manga today, but I read the subtitles for a whole episode, so… good enough haha. Wasn’t the most in-depth reading since I watched it straight through without stopping to look things up, but I understood a surprising amount, and the pacing was really beginner friendly. I actually enjoyed it which was nice. Previously I’ve tried watching K-ON (which didn’t have subtitles and is now no longer on Netflix :/) and Mitsuboshi Colors, but I just really don’t enjoy ‘cute girls doing cute things.’ I’ll be glad when I can start watching sports anime and more complex slice of life stuff.


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Woop woop!
I’ve been at the challenge for a whole month now! Missed one day during our holiday trip, but I’m actually glad I managed to keep up otherwise. I definitely would have missed many more days if it wasn’t for the challenge.

Reading material wise I finished all the side stories of 時をかける少女 on February 11th (or was it the 10th?), so that book is officially finished now <3

Some final thoughts (major spoilers!) on 時をかける少女

To be honest, I was pretty disappointed about the latter half of the book. The first half was more action packed than I thought (so much so, that it caught me off guard) and the latter half was the complete opposite. Everything was basically resolved in one to two big and long dialogues and all that happened in between was “going to school”. I don’t necessarily mind dialogue focused story telling but it just felt a little weird?

The first half felt like setting up the time/space leaping as a system… then in the second half there’s the whole storyline “he’s a person of the future and there are these cool/weird science things in the future” (explaining time leaping and other stuff) which felt a bit like setting up another system… but then nothing happens with those systems and the story is just over?

To me it felt a bit like I had played through a game tutorial explaining all the game systems to me, but then the main game was cut. There seemed to be so many possibilities and stories that could have been told with those systems but then just nothing happens. I guess that’s why I’m a fan of longer series, because they can play more with different aspects of the world they set up.

Oh well, overall it was still a fun ride! And in a way it’s also just cool how I can experience this in a language I sometimes think I barely understand :heart:

Sooo what’s coming now? I’m currently trying to catch up to the デスノート book club and once I do I’ll have to decide. I still have another volume of 黒魔女さんが通る on my kindle (I think the Cinderella one, so volume 4) so that’s pretty likely I guess?

Regarding your thoughts on 時をかける少女

Wholeheartedly agree with everything you said! The other members of the book club also generally thought along the same lines iirc. And no, I don’t think this is due to it being a standalone (short) book! We have read standalone books (200 - 300 pages) in the Intermediate book club, and they were amazing and well-balanced and interesting and everything. I think 時をかける少女 is just an example of a bad author. :woman_shrugging:



Day 45! I read pages 144-146 of 銭天堂 today. I have the whole day off tomorrow, so I will try my best to get more reading than usual done, although I do have other priorities.


I agree with the discussion above but admit that I kind of put that down to it being a kids’ book. I absolutely recommend it to people as it’s hard to find a book with more accessible language that even gets close to a normal book plot. It’s imperfect but it acts as a good gateway book, I suppose.

Today’s reading was https://meaning-book.com/blog/20190307161307.html
They compared the phrase to the English expression ‘eagle eyes’ and saying someone has ‘eager eyes’ but I’m not sure sure either of those actually fit that well after reading their explanation and example sentences using the idiom. It seems to carry a more negative meaning and imply fault finding which the English expressions do not.


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Just finished reading volume 7 of Spy x Family. My phone was charging upstairs today so I read without looking up anything on phone during reading, afterwards I went over some spots again when it was fully charged. This volume has a nice variety of different stories, for one continuing where volume 6 leaves things off and having a bit of a Damian focus, before leading up to the next big arc. This put me a bit in a weird spot as a new arc has started, but I looked through volume 8 and it stops mid fight. So rather than jumping right in, I think it’s probably better to pause it till volume 9 releases. I can’t find much about the release schedule, except a line on the shonenjump+ website that lists it on april 4.

Anyway I made some pics you can look through in the details below.

volume 7

I’ll think up of something new to read for tomorrow, probably something from the big pile of kindle manga.


:tiger2: :books: Homepost - Tigerdate: 20220214 :books: :raccoon:

Tanuki Scroll XLV: 鬼を退治した男の子 :japanese_ogre:

Read today’s Hyakumonogatari, from Kagoshima Prefecture!

About a boy driving out a demon from the village.


☆ Learnings ☆

New Words

退治「たいじ」ー Extermination (of pests/bandits/demons); Eradication; Renounce thy worldly desires to focus on the teachings of Buddha.
ずれ ー Gap; Lag; Slippage
利口「りこう」ー Clever; Wise; Bright; Sharp; Well-behaved
しめしめ ー All right!; Good!
天井裏「てんじょううら」ー (the gap) above the ceiling, so, the attic / loft - but it doesn’t necessarily have to be an accessible room, can just be an empty cavity between the ceiling and roof.
ピョンピョン ー Hopping; Skipping
ドタバタ ー Noisily running around; with heavy feet; in a fluster

Forgotten Meanings

イワシ「鰯 / 鰮 (Rare)」ー Sardine; Pilchard


Today I read five pages from なかよし. I learnt a lot of space terms, here are a few.

銀河------ぎんが------Milky Way​, galaxy​

宇宙------うちゅう------universe; cosmos; space



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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. :heart:

Summer Pockets: Today had a few bits that almost lost me (just… a little lost in what strings of hiragana were doing I guess, I dunno. Odd sentences), but it also featured a lot of just sitting back and casually reading! ~2700 characters and ~235 lines, not too bad for me. Very low key, mostly in between little scenes talking about cooking and stuff.

ベランダパリングルスの仲間 acquired. :upside_down_face:

Zoo 2: Continuing to roll through this at a pace I’m super happy with, at 15% and page 27 after only like 3 days of reading it. This story has gotten increasingly comfortable despite the rocky start; suppose I learned all of its relevant words by now. I’m finding it maybe a little easier to incidentally pick up regularly encountered brand new kanji words in the wild, I think. :crossed_fingers: And over time my experiences are shifting to more and more instances where I look up things and go “oh it’s that word again!” instead of everything feeling new and scary all the time. Good feelings.

I’m off to hopefully try the previously mentioned karaoke later!