I read 5 volumes of HQ today, all the way through vol 43! There are only 2 volumes left, *sobs*
Some vocab of note:
仰々しい (ぎょうぎょうしい) [い-adj.] exaggerated; bombastic; highly colored
頭が高い (ずがたかい) [expression, い-adj.] haughty; holding one’s head high
惜敗 (せきはい) [noun, する verb (自)] regrettable defeat; defeat by a narrow margin. As opposed to 完敗 (かんぱい) “utter defeat; annihilation.”
引く手数多 (ひくてあまた) [noun] being very popular; being in great demand
天秤にかける (てんびんにかける) [expression, 一] to compare and contrast (two alternatives); to weigh the relative merits (of two options); to weigh (one’s options)
呉越同舟 (ごえつどうしゅう) [四字熟語, noun] bitter enemies in the same boat; rivals finding themselves together by chance
Finished another story! This one, 「氷のジジイ」, is about a group of kids who walk through an empty lot on their way to school. They usually mess around a bit while they’re there. One of the kids, however, is afraid of the old man who lives next to it, while the other children aren’t terribly concerned. I thought this story might venture off into the spooky, but the author went for a more heartwarming ending. I think I mentioned this in the advent calendar thread, but because of the 3 minute limitation, these stories all run into the problem of needing to do a substantial bit of telling one way or another. I’m sure it’s not easy to write something amazing under this limitation. Still, there’s only been one spooky winter tale so far, so it was kind of a letdown that this wasn’t another.
Even more 山猫 today; I read 52 pages which I think is the most I’ve read of a novel in a day by a pretty large margin so… yay!! It was spread over a few sittings but still some really solid progress. Story-wise, things sure are getting interesting the book’s namesake has arrived in full force and oh he is as much of a character as I anticipated, any character who will unironically say この俺様 is bound to be a good time so it’s been a lot of fun hearing more from him directly and watching 勝村 suffer trying to deal with him lmao. Also in retrospect I can’t believe I wasn’t even a little bit suspicious about a character named 山根虎 just happening to meet 勝村 and bond with him about 今井, like wow that should’ve raised some flags But also mysteries upon mysteries what’s the deal with the necklace? Also just with 今井 in general? How many people are somehow connected to it all? Very curious
Also happy birthday to like half the people in this challenge apparently?? I hope you’ve all had a wonderful time!
Another subpar reading day and quick post before I go to bed for work tomorrow. I definitely feel like I’ve been becoming pretty lax with my JP studies lately… spending more of that time playing games with friends. Not having much to do outside for work is definitely affecting that mentality lol.
As a side note though I’m really enjoying just doing little Twitter webcomic translations for friends. It’s a nice way to feel like my efforts haven’t been going to waste and weirdly enough actually doing pretty well in the motivating department.
Word of the Day: 魔法瓶 - thermos bottle or vacuum flask. I didn’t realize Japan was so fascinated with heat-retention properties LOL.
Hilariously enough my own state (Massachusetts) placed sixth in that same video. Was not expecting that name to come up, lol.
is there any chance you could put this stuff under spoiler tags? You’re very far ahead of me with ハイキュー , think there’s a few other people in this thread too who are in the ハイキュー reading club which is on vol 11 right now. Nice to be able to have the option avoid potential spoilers as you’re at the end.
In other news, after a big reading slump (which may or may not have coincided with me downloading the game ‘Obey Me’ on my phone, but hey, it’s in japanese so it kind of counts??) I’ve got back into reading everyday! Currently enjoying BUSTAFELLOWS and Who Inside with their respective book clubs. Also read 今夜、世界からこの恋が消えても this week which I would recommend to people who like romance stories that make you cry lots, but I actually listened to the audiobook so probably doesn’t count for this challenge!
Finally had a solid block of reading time so I could finish chapter 2 of ユージニア (13% → 16%). As expected that was a better experience than reading in little chunks so I’ll try to see if I can read full chapters in the future… I’m probably two slow for that now so maybe just half… we’ll see.
Also played like 15 min of BU$TAFELLOWS. I’m just starting chapter 2 so I better up my playing time if I’m to keep up with the club.
So the good news is I’m really enjoying everything I’m reading right now, the bad news is it’s very hard to find solid blocks of time to dedicate to them.
Same series today but will change it up over the weekend!
泥棒 (どろぼう) thief, theft
犯人 (はんにん) offender, perpetrator
Thanks for the words of encouragement @ChristopherFritz ! Will definitely be joining the next ABBC and I’m excited for the results to come out this coming Saturday!
A few of my other concerns in reading outside of Satorireader was also covered by @emiri_learns_jp (the many pauses in reading to look up stuff and whether to create additional set of flash cards for new vocab encountered when reading). The responses to that were useful too so thanks for sharing!
these posts are getting later and later in the day for me oh no asdfghjkl
read another 24 pages of 蟲師 which is just over half a chapter. i feel like i’m getting into the rhythm of it now, but it’s also very fun to read which helps, they really do feel like folktales, this chapter is about 蟲 who feed on sound and silence and inadvertently deafen the townspeople. one of the characters spoke in a very honourific/old-fashioned way and used おらぬ at one point, which is fun
新書太閣記 progress: 00.31% // Volume I: 03.64%
That’s the first chapter complete, onto the next tomorrow!
This is a bit easier reading, sentence-wise at least. I get held up a lot with looking up all the words and history stuff (but that is a lot of fun).
Words found under the kotatsu
仄「ほの」ー Faintly; dimly; barely がやがや ー Noisily; jabbering; chattering (like the noise of a crowd of people) 皆の衆「みなのしゅう」ー Everybody 盆地「ばんち」ー Basin (geography) 浅黄「あさぎ」ー Light yellow 既往「きおう」ー The past 手押し車「ておしぐるま」ー Handcart; wheelbarrow 心棒「しんぽう」ー Shaft; axle キイキイ ー Sharp creak/squeak/screech (the thing it’s describing here is a squeaky carriage) 容貌「ようぼう」ー Looks; features; physical appearance 糺す「ただす」ー To ascertain; to confirm; to verify 蘆荻「ろてき」ー Reeds 便船「びんせん」ー Available steamer (boat) 水楼「すいろう」ー Tower/castle facing the water (or a watchtower but not like a lighthouse) 櫓「ろ」ー Japanese scull (the oar attached to the back of a boat) 舷「げん」ー Side of a boat; gunwale (also: 船端「ふなばた」) 艘「そう」ー Counter for small boats 苫「とま」ー Woven mat 耳環「みみわ」ー Non-pierced earring; helix
Character Kanji-Name List
for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering
Main Hideyoshi: 豊臣秀吉「とよとみ ひでよし」// 豊太閤「ほうたいこう」
Volume I Characters
五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Goro’s Chinese name)
– Servant of Goro: 捨次郎「すてじろう」
– Mother of Goro’s child: 梨琴「りきん」
– Rikin’s & Goro’s child: 楊景福「ようけいふく」
Historical People – 阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (around 700AD) – 白楽天「はく きょい」ー Late 700s Chinese poet (Bai Juyi / Bo Juyi) also known as: 白楽天「はく らくてん」in Japan. – 道元「どうげん」(or 道元禅師「どうげん ぜんじ」ー Japanese Buddhist Priest, writer & poet (Early to mid 1200s) (also known as 栄西禅師「えいさい ぜんじ」) – 空海「くうかい」ー The one and only Kukai or Kobo Daishi - a Buddhist monk. Posthumously given the title of: 弘法大師「こうぼう だいし」born as: 佐伯 眞魚「さえき の まお」(late 700s to early 800s)
Card Captor Sakura volume 5 – progress report Yesterday: Finished chapter 20, continued up to page 112. Today: Continued up to page 141, finished chapter 21.
The plot is slowly moving towards setting up the last trial by Yue. I thought that the trial would be at a later point in the series. But now that I think of it, I’m almost halfway in and I remember that the whole deal with Eriol once the trial is over also needs to be addressed, so never mind!
One more person whose birthday is in early January?! Happy birthday to you, @lucylavelle, I hope you had a pleasant day!
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Word or expression of the day:
判断 - (はんだん) - judgement, decision, conclusion; divination
棲む - (すむ) - to live (of animals), to inhabit, to nest
Today’s DrDru story was really mean, everyone asks the bakery owner if he has broccoli cupcakes, but when he has them they say it’s disgusting… So rude! Not sure why the story is called “Cucumber Tart” though?
The next story is a wall of text, which is rather jaring after all the other nicely formatted stories. It’s also just a description of the Lord or the Rings. I guess the one interesting thing here is the grammar? I haven’t gotten to read up on the te-form yet.
Unfortunately, we had a pretty big wind storm last night, which knocked out our power, internet, and cell service for a significant portion of the day. Our tree in the front yard was also a casualty
So, I spent most of the morning reading stuff in English, not like I really had all that much else to do without internet . Knocked out a philosophy book that I’d been meaning to re-read, and also got a really good chunk of “Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: a Geopolitical PreHistory of J-Pop” done (I picked this up after finishing “Quit your Band! Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground” last month but hadn’t gotten a chance to really start it yet. This one has a significantly more theoretical/historical approach, as opposed to the more experience driven style in Martin’s book. Both good, they compliment each other well). This book also contains a lot of references to non-fiction about music/history that are written in japanese so I’ll have to check some of those out… eventually
Eventually, power and internet came back, so I got a little bit of JP study in too.
ホリミヤ ch 55, 56, おまけ vol 8 done! halfway done with the series now! Turns out progress goes a lot faster when you aren’t just doing 1 chapter a day lmao
マジック・ツリーハウス１ pg 33 - gonna be honest by the time I got to this I was extremely tired and had a hard time focusing. Glad I did it at least a little bit, though.
当番「とうばん」ー being on duty, one’s turn
定休日「ていきゅうび」ー regular holiday, regular closing day
シカト ー ignoring (someone)
購買「こうばい」ー school store
Thankfully it fell basically the only way that it could fall without seriously damaging anything, cars and the house are fine. Did take a lil chainsaw work to get the car out from all the branches, though
Boy, am I pooped. Had to get up at 6 today and couldn’t read before I left. I don’t think it’s sustainable to read in the mornings for me unless I want to go to bed even earlier (I was in bed by 10 last night why is being an adult so boring and why do I not live closer to my workplace? the answer is CAPITALISM and INFLATION)
Anyway, I’m over halfway done with the first volume of volleyball boys and I thiiink I might be able to do the last 50 % before the book becomes unavailable. I won’t have time for the second volume but I think I’m fine with that. No hate to those of you who enjoy ハイキュー！！ but it’s not my thing.
A Japanese dilemma?
I’ve just learned that I can take a Japanese class at my workplace. The only issue is that it’s a beginner class, and even if I’m still hesitant to rate my Japanese skills in any way, I wouldn’t consider myself a beginner anymore. I think there’s an advanced course too but that would probably be TOO advanced. It’s a great opportunity to get some guidance from someone who’s A) a native speaker and B) a certified and experienced language teacher. But I’d have to buy Genki and it’s expensive lol. Much to think about
I am blabbering but I also wanted to wish a happy birthday to all the early January kids!