📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

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9th jan

back to 蟲師 and oh wow chapter 3 of volume one is so different to the previous two! quite sad, too. i flew through it though, was a great chapter and i’m looking forward to the next one tomorrow!

no specific words jumped out at me, but 通い路 and 通路 both turned up several pages apart, which is fun. there was also some brief discussion of 枕 in context cos the legend about it being where the soul goes when you sleep was relevant to the story.

spoliers for chap 3 vol 1 of 蟲師

it’s a short tragedy tale, following a man who had dreams predicting the future thanks to a 蟲 which had infected him. ginko gives him medicine and is like i’ll be back when those run out and leaves. turns out when he comes back the village is in ruins cos the guy didn’t take his medicine (the townspeople were relying on his predictions and when there was an unfortunate tsunami after he started taking his medicine he felt incredibly guilty and stopped taking the medicine) and his dreams kept coming true cos turns out ginko sort of maybe lied to him. it wasn’t that he was seeing predictions of the future, he was dreaming and it was becoming true. so when he has a nightmare about his whole village succumbing to a mystery illness, guess what happens…


At the moment what I’m doing is that I look words up in my electronic dictionary while reading, but only when I feel I really need to. Then later on I use the dictionary’s history function to list the words I looked up, and I add them to a deck in jpdb.io. That site’s SRS has a create cards from words in text function so it’s easy to get cards with audio, definition and example sentence. When jpdb has a premade deck for the book I’m reading I use that instead, generally studying words from it in frequency order within the book up to 95% coverage. Unfortunately unless you like trashy light novels jpdb coverage can be rather spotty…

If you read electronically there are setups that can be even more automated and use the sentence you actually found the word in rather than some random one; but I read on paper so have no specific suggestions there.


Jan 9, Mon of Week 3 of Winter Q1 2023 :snowman::snowflake:

  • かぐや様は告らせたい Vol.26 Ch.258-261 (end volume)

Weird adolescent choice, but not half-bad.

  • うたわれるもの
Interesting words
  • かっさらう = to snatch (and run). From 掻(か)っ攫(さら)う, where there was 攫(さら)う previously.
  • ハマる = to be addicted to; to be hooked on. From 嵌(は)まる.
  • è­²(ゆず)る = to hand over. I kept confusing with 許(ゆる)す.
  • 解(ほつ)れる = to become loose. Has Furigana in context.
  • 煽(あお)る = to fan in the wind. Sound almost like 扇(あお)ぐ / 扇子(せんす), but with fire (火).
  • 櫛(くし) = comb. This one has Furigana, but I failed to recognize anyway.
  • 梳(す)く = to comb
  • 結(ゆ)い直(なお)す = to fix hair tying. From 結(ゆ)う.
  • 行(い)き止(ど)まり = dead end. Rendaku tripped me a little.
  • 力(ちから)ずくで = by brute force. From 力尽(ちからず)く.
  • 一同(いちどう) = all of us
  • 二(に)の舞(まい) = all over again. Probably, dancing a second time.
  • その他大勢(たおおぜい) = and many others
  • 懸案(けんあん) = unresolved problem. Probably feels like 懸念(けねん)の案(あん).
  • 遂行(すいこう) = execution
  • 不覚(ふかく) = blunder
  • 穀潰(ごくつぶ)し = good for nothing. First Kanji is for grains (穀物(こくもつ)), but takes atypical Dakuten. I also confused the Kanji with æ®»(から) / 甲殻(こうかく)., which the latter has table / hat-like shell. The former is just grain radical (禾(いね)).
  • 撹拌(かくはん) = beating; whipping (of egg yolk, cement). Just like 攪乱(かくらん), there is another official version = 攪拌(かくはん)
  • 汚物(おぶつ) = filth; excrements
  • 肥溜(こえだめ) = tanking for holding human waste = 肥溜(こえだ)め. From 肥(こえ) + 溜(た)める.
  • 岩礁(がんしょう) = reef (coral)
  • 昏倒(こんとう) = fainting; swoon
  • 幸先(さいさき) = good omen. First Kanji is usually 幸(さいわ)い or 幸福(こうふく).
  • 押送(おうそう) = transferring (a convict to a different prison). Has Furigana.
  • 厩(うまや) = a stable (for a horse). With Furigana and reading is explanatory.
  • 補導(ほどう) = protective custody / guidance.
  • 王家(おうけ) = royal family
  • 卓越(たくえつ) = superiority; transcendence
  • 満喫(まんきつ) = eating to one’s heart content
  • 軋轢(あつれき) = discord; strife / friction. The second Kanji is that for running over by a car (è½¢(ひ)く). Like some hot (熱(あつ)い) and broken brick (瓦礫(がれき)) sounding.
  • 遺恨(いこん) = enmity (a word that I can’t spell before); grudge.
  • 継母(ままはは) = stepmother. 継(まま)~ is step-. (No way people would say mama twice in two variations.)
  • 傀儡(かいらい) = puppet. Some time ago, I also saw 傀儡(くぐつ).
  • 屋台骨(やたいぼね) = foundation; framework
  • 在処(ありか) = hiding place = 在(あ)り処(か). Has Furigana in context. The first part is probably 在(あ)る, but I don’t know about the latter half.
  • 齟齬(そご) = inconsistency; disagreement. No Furigana, but not in manga dialogue, but in a short essay.
  • 弱輩(じゃくはい) = inexperience person. Also written with 若輩(じゃくはい)
  • 不手際(ふてぎわ) = clumsy. Opposite is 手際(てぎわ)よく.
  • 観念(かんねん) = resignation; preparedness
  • 虎視眈々(こしたんたん) = waiting for an opportunity. Tiger’s eyes. The last Kanji is watching intently with an eye (目), compared to 耽読(たんどく), which is addicting voice (耳).
  • 適材適所(てきざいてきしょ) = right person in the right place
  • 人身御供(ひとみごくう) = human sacrifice. 御供(ごくう) is sacrificing to a temple.
  • 飛車角落(ひしゃかくお)ち = playing shogi with only rook (飛車(ひしゃ)) and bishop (角(かく)). Actually, 飛車(ひしゃ)も角(かく)も落(お)ち in context.
  • 王手(おうて) = check(mate) the king
  • まっぴら御免(ごめん) = flatly refusing
  • 骨身(ほねみ)を惜(お)しまない = unsparingly; tirelessness
  • 二(に)の足(あし)を踏(ふ)む = to think twice; to hesitate
  • 機(き)に乗(じょう)じる = to take advantage of an opportunity


  • ちゃっかり = shrewdly; cunningly
  • ぼさぼさ = ruffled (hair)
  • ぐるりと = surrounding
  • どっかり = plucking into a chair
  • パラパラ = flipping of a book


  • 軋(アツ)

    • rubbing with friction
    • Compare: 軌(キ)   (軌道(きどう))
    • アツ
      • 軋轢(あつれき)
    • 軋(きし)る,     軋(きし)む
  • è½¢(レキ)

    • running over with force
    • レキ
      • 軋轢(あつれき)
      • 轢殺(れきさつ),     轢死(れきし)
    • è½¢(ひ)く
  • 継(ケイ) (Level 36)

    • 継(まま)~
      • 継母(ままはは),     継子(ままこ)
  • 結(ケツ) (Level 17)

    • 結(むす)ぶ
      • 縁結(えんむす)び
    • 結(ゆ)う
      • 結(ゆ)い上(あ)げる

In longer past, I didn’t take note of vocabularies in reading at all. I simply looked up in a dictionary. I trusted Wanikani and Core 10k for necessary memory. For those decks, I took notes and mnemonics in Anki (AnkiDroid, Anki on Android), while SRS’ing. I also copied texts from websites (via in-Anki hyperlinks) to AnkiDroid. So, Anki is like a portable personal database. Tae Kim and textbooks are simple enough to try to remember most things, so I didn’t really actively try to remember and SRS everything. (Though I tried very hard to remember Kana at the very beginning, but no SRS.)

I imagine that jpdb.io or koohi.cafe would be saner starting points for pre-made deck outside Wanikani; but I didn’t really use those myself.

Since last year, I took note for selected words in Google Sheets; but recently, I simply typed here. I also add some words detected by Yomichan to Anki. Original context (sentences) aren’t added to Anki.

I didn’t sort Anki cards by frequency in the past, but maybe I do a little very recently.

However, more often that I find Kanji more important than vocabularies, otherwise I would try to (arbitrarily) breakdown Kana-based words to smaller words and risk losing the original meaning.


Very poor effort last 2 days - I essentially just read to say I had! But I was only in New York for 2 full days, and with my sister, so I didn’t have much reading time (kind of figured I should talk to her…)

7/1 2 pages 夜カフェ

8/12 1 page 夜カフェ

I’m at the airport waiting to board a 14+ hour flight to Tokyo so I’m certain to get more reading in. Will have to decide how to calculate my reading as I’m crossing the international date line. I’ll probably count the reading before I nap as 9th then after as 10th.


January 9 :heavy_check_mark: :flashlight:

半落ち , 6-14%

So, done with this week’s 半落ち. I’m finding this book surprisingly readable, and quite hard to put down.

And with this, let me check, yes, I’m all caught up with this week’s scheduled book clubs. So tomorrow it’s back to チュベローズで待ってる, I suppose.


:raccoon: :books: The Tanuki Kotatsu Reading Den :snowflake: :raccoon:

January 9th
新書太閣記 progress: 01.05% // Volume I: 12.21% :bell:
Chapter start:

Finding it hard to know when to stop reading this for the day, just one more sentence turns into just ten more.

Words found under the kotatsu

赤蛙「あかがえる」ー Japanese brown frog (Rana Japonica); any brown/red frog of the Ranidae family
入夫「にゅうふ」ー Marrying into the wife’s family
凱歌「がいか」ー Victory song
折檻「せっかん」ー Physical punishment; beating; severe scolding
囈言「うわごと」ー Incoherent mumbling
唐変木「とうへんぼく」ー Oaf; bigot
寺入り「てらいり」ー To enrol at a temple school; incarcerating a criminal at a temple for punishment; to go to a temple and repent
日蓮宗「にちれんしゅう」ー Nichiren school of Buddhism
記憶力「きおくりょく」ー Ability to remember (記憶力のいい is to have a good memory)
托鉢「たくはつ」ー Asking for alms
鐘楼「しょうろう」ー Bell tower; belfry
愕然 「がくぜん」ー Astonished; amazed; aghast

淋しい = 寂しい「さびしい」(Lonely; solitary)

Character Name List

for easy referencing later, because these will take some remembering
Also probably some spoilers, but this is a historic novel, so can spoilers really exist for things that have (for the most part) actually happened :thinking:

Hideyoshi: 豊臣秀吉「とよとみ ひでよし」
– – – Childhood name: 日吉「ひよし」
– – – Childhood nickname: 猿「さる」

Volume I Characters
日吉「ひよし」- Hideyoshi (as child)
Nickname: 猿「さる」

仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」- Timid kid friend

木下弥右衛門「きのした やえもん」- Father
筑阿弥「ちくあみ」ー Step-father
大政所「おおまんどころ」also お奈加「おなか」ー Mother
おつみ - Older sister
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」- Ojisan (only distantly related)

織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」- Daimyo (Foreshadowing drum noises)
– 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」- Younger brother
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo

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)


I write any new words I encounter down on my daily posts and then hope for the best. Going through the effort of writing each down does help me remember it better, and most of the time, the word will be popping up again in whatever it is I’m reading so if it’s a common enough word I’ll eventually remember it that way. Some words are just too obscure to really remember effectively.

I’m sure there’s probably a lot of ‘new’ words that keep reappearing in my posts.


:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月9日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)

Watched the g-witch finale today and had a very hard time sitting down to read slice of life manga after… that :melting_face: Still did some studying, but mostly listening stuff. Couldn’t get my eyes to focus on the page for the life of me, thankfully today’s chapters were fairly light


  • ホリミヤ 61, 62
Good Words

一応「いちおう」ー more or less
現役「げんえき」ー active duty
幼稚園「ようちえん」ー kindergarten
卑怯「ひきょう」ー unfair, sneaky, dastardly


:snowflake: Day 9, 9th of January :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

More stories! :partying_face: Today’s first story is about the compass, and where on the map you can find certain coutries. Hey, I know these Kanji already. Neat! Then, the two travelling animals are using this new knowledge to go to Gabun. Except someone can’t read maps and they end up in the Arctic.

In the next story we appear to be in a quiz show. Apparently the second Harry Potter book was the Goblet of Fire in this parallel universe. And a panda’s favorite food is bread (パン) because of a pun. That’s story logic for you, can’t argue with that.


:books: :snowflake: softlyraining’s snowy book stack :snowboarder: :open_book:

January 9th

:yellow_square: ラストで君は「まさか!」と言う 冬の物語 (60% → 69%)

As soon as I started reading, I didn’t feel like continuing. :upside_down_face: I thought maybe it was because the first story didn’t grab me right away, so I pushed through and read a second one. That went a little bit better, and the ending for it was kind of cute.

The first story for today was 8 pages and took 19 minutes and 35 seconds to read. The second story I read was 10 pages long and took 22 minutes and 56 seconds to read. Though I want to finish this book before moving on to the next, I might switch it up tomorrow just to give me a break and maybe renew my desire to continue reading this.


January 9th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Continued up to page 38, finished chapter 21.
Today: Continued up to page 53

Mostly smooth sailing due to the chapter not having that much dialogue or rather only small explanations as of yet. I’ll read through this chapter and maybe the next one before switching to Card Captor Sakura again.


It’s great that you have material ready – the first two look pretty relaxing and wholesome while the monkeys one, according to the description at least, seems on the comedic side. I hope that you’ll enjoy your next pick whichever one it will be. :smile:

Word or expression of the day:
初期 - (しょき) - early (days), initial stage​

Honourable mention(s):
廃線 - (はいせん) - abandoned railway line, closed railway line, discontinued line​


January 9th progress update :snowflake:
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Reading よつばと! Vol. 1

Yesterday finished off at 53 pages which was the end of the first chapter, I read the whole 2nd chapter today so I’m currently on page 89. Gaining momentum in reading already, awesome to see how fast I can get used to using japanese again after such a long break. This time I would have understood the meaning of the sentences perfectly without looking up those few words I didn’t know. (I must admit I’m spending some time with the memrise course for Yotsubato so that definitely helps) All in all, I’m satisfied with today’s progress and also starting to worry on what I’m going to read once I finish this :smiley:


Oh yes! I’m using mine too here and there. Which one you got? I got a Casio Ex-word and I’m pretty satisfied with it but I should probably use a lot more of its functions.

That’s why I like it a lot too, don’t need to have loads of pages open in my browser. I’ll have a look for those SRS systems and choose one that fits my needs the most. Thanks for the tips!

Back when I first started studying I didn’t really do anything other than wanikani and textbooks until reaching an N3 level (I unfortunately took a long break so now im trying to regain it bonks themselves on the head) so I suppose it should be doable even without those SRS tools, but currently I’m just trying to get to know as many tools as possible, try them out and see what works for me and whether I find them more effective than my current methods. So thank you for those recommendations, notes taken! :smiling_face:

That’s what I’m doing with the words that I find important right now, usually just write them down on paper or try to create a sentence with them to also have output. I completely agree with the obscure words, it’s probably not even worth really trying to remember them as they wont pop up that often so might as well focus on the more important ones. Do you post those words here on the forum or somewhere private? Would have a look to see how much I know if it’s on the forum.
Thanks for your answer ^^

A few fun vocab I learned today
  • 二度寝 = going back to sleep after waking up

  • 心を込めて = wholeheartedly


Day 7
I read some more of Your Life in April Vol.3 and got back to reading Monobeno visual novel but only had time to read some lines.
825 pages read 19175 to go

Sorry for my late answer. I’m using the Kitsun website/app for my SRS it’s a little pricey but at least it has a computer voice which can pronounce and it’s easy too make your own cards. There is even a thread for it in this forum.

Of course you make your own SRS without a computer although it would be super inconvenient with a big amount of cards.


Mine is a Casio EX-word XD-GP9700, which I bought new in 2009. Cost me $500 at the time but averaged over 14 years I think it’s pretty good value…


I actually tried this once, 20 years ago, with a load of index cards in a box with some dividers, the first time I had a go at RTK. I really don’t recommend it :slight_smile:


Wow this site looks neat, for now I’ll check out some other apps and sites before spending on it. However, I might reconsider it in the future. Thank you :slight_smile:


Oh a bit older than mine then, you got ラジオ体操 on it too? (probably the most important aspect of an electronic dictionary :joy:)


:snowflake: :snowman: Home Post :snowman: :snowflake:

➳ January 9th.

What: NHK Easy news
Pages: 1?
Time: 5 minutes.

Suuuper short read for me today. It’s been a busy sort of day, but I expect tomorrow to be a little better. :zzz:


January 9th (Day 9) :snowflake: :cat2:

Home post :books:

I read chapters 3 and 4 of チュベローズで待ってる AGE22 and oh boi. I really wish I had the mental capacity and reading speed to get through another one today. So frustrating that I can’t just sit down and read to my heart’s content. I wonder if I’ll ever be able to do that with Japanese… :face_exhaling: Anyways, really enjoying the book so far :333

I’ve also managed to get through another small bit of Морфий - just for the sake of it. But reading it in such small increments really isn’t it… I’ll try to make more time tomorrow and actually get through the first part.


:bookmark: Home post // Jan 9 :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake:

・ 本好きの下克上 16 (44% → 47%)

Another busy day nyooms by. But hey, I somehow got my reviews on jpdb down to zero :eyes::sparkles:


Sadly not :slight_smile: