📚📚 Read every day challenge - Winter 2023 ☃❄

: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:


January 9th!

Today I read chapter 46 of Shadows House. A lot of interesting stuff happened so I really want to read the next chapter too but its midnight and I’m tired so it will have to wait until tomorrow!

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January 6-9
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  • 6/1: :teacher: 教養366, 33min.
  • 7/1: :orange_book: 10分で読める伝記, 33min. Finished the first biography of Heinrich Schliemann
    That was such an interesting story!
That was such an interesting story!

In case you don’t know, Schliemann was a very important figure in archaeology, he did a lot of excavation work that helped uncover the ancient ruins of Mycenae and ofc, the ancient citadel of Troy, which before then was believed to only be a product of mythological recounting. Here in Greece, every kid, including myself, learns about him since an early age, right when we are first introduced to the subject of history at school. But we just know about his contribution to archaeology, so for me, it was very nice to learn something more, like how he came from a poor background and yet managed to make it big and become a successful business and trade man! But what stroke my fancy the most is how the guy was apparently a polyglot! And he was self-taught at that. I’m so glad I picked this books to begin this challenge, it was kinda encouraging :pleading_face: it said Schliemann managed to teach himself Dutch and English by keeping a c o n s i s t e n t habit of reading about an hour every day, and out loud at that.
He is my new inspiration now :pleading_face::muscle:


On top of those two languages, the book states he also learnt French, Portuguese and Greek!!! Google search and this has him speaking well over 12 or so! :flushed:

  • 8/1: :ring: 私の幸せな結婚, only a few pages before bed, ~15min.
  • 9/1: :ring: 私の幸せな結婚, 1:30 h

Summary post

Day 9: January 9th
What did I read?: マグメル深海水族館 Vol 1
How much did I read?: 47 pages
How long did it take me?: 1 hour 2 min

Finished the first chapter proper today - the chapters in this one seem pretty long, I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep doing a whole chapter every day if they continue to take me this long :sweat_smile: But I really enjoyed this introduction to the main character, Koutarou. His sincere love of deep sea life is very endearing :heart: And the founder of the aquarium is quite the personality - honestly I died when he dropped a bunch of stuffed ダイオウグソクムシ on Koutarou :joy: Poor Koutarou - but also why were there so many stuffed ダイオウグソクムシ, like what is this gift shop :joy: Also why is the director of the whole entire aquarium in charge of stocking it? I have so many questions about this situation :joy: But I love the idea of a gift shop with shelves full of ダイオウグソクムシ plushies instead of like…dolphin or whale plushies, I really want to visit that gift shop


I finished SPYxFAMILY volume 1 yesterday. It was a fun read and I also got volume 2 for free, so I’ll probably read that at some point. I doubt I’ll read the whole series since it seems like it will end up being a lot of the same thing eventually. I saw someone mention クールドジ男子 on the forum somewhere and the first volume is free to read on Amazon, so I figured I’d start on that next.
(Edit: it was recommended by enbyboiwonder in the “Top 5 best things you read in Japanese in 2022” thread)

I’ve been making sure to read every day, even if it’s only two pages of manga. At least I know I can do it even if I don’t feel like I have enough time. Two pages is nothing, right?


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1 月 10 日
コナの大冒険 第22話 :black_cat:

And so the adventure begins! Just sneaking this in my lunch break cause I have a long night of work today. :face_exhaling:

Words of interest

比べものにならない [くらべものにならない] cannot be compared with, no match for
景色 [けしき] scenery, scene, landscape
緊張 [きんちう]tension, mental strain

Favorite one is this to tell my future cat off :joy_cat:: 爪を立てないで [つめをたてない] don’t dig your claws in!


January 9th
Only did my speaking practice on the Aomi Japanese app today… First day back at work and unfortunately I was too tired to do any reading. :tired_face: Maybe I could have pushed myself to do some, but I really like the story I’m reading at the moment and want to give it the attention it deserves–reading just a page or two would feel unsatisfying to me. Hope to have a nice reading session tomorrow, though!


I did the 半落ち reading today and that’s all I have time/energy for. ユージニア and more チュベローズ will have to wait until tomorrow. :frowning:


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Finished translating Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling’s イッテンヨン show, which is their former biggest show of the year! It is now perhaps a distant fourth in the rankings, though it still has quite a bit of charm.

Here’s a photo from the show. This was from the annual Shoko Nakajima vs Hyper Misao match, which is between two people who are regular tag partners, and which always has some sort of wild stipulation, haha, and frequently involves all kinds of nonsense, including ladders and kaiju toys.

This year, they suspended three stuffed bunnies from a rope, which the wrestlers had to retrieve in order to win the match, but the catch was that only one of them granted the win, and the other two added rule changes to the match that took place immediately. This photo illustrates one of the rule changes, which added an army of rabbits with plastic mallets who would run up and attack the wrestlers whenever they went outside the ring.

Here’s a video clip of it. It’s one of the funniest things I think I’ve ever seen in wrestling, haha.

Here’s a bonus photo from the show just because I thought this submission was so dang cool (despite what it may seem from the photos I share here, TJPW actually does have, like, actual wrestling on their shows :joy_cat:). Trish Adora just challenged current International champ Miu Watanabe for her belt:

I was proud of myself for doing pretty well on this show translation! I only made a few mistakes. One highlight from the post-match comments was Miu trying to demonstrate that she was working hard on her English by saying “my fight”, but when she was asked to repeat it, she said “my ganbaru” instead, and when the interviewer pointed out that 頑張る isn’t English, her excuse was that she was “ジャパニーズを広げて”, haha.

TJPW is gearing up for Yuka Sakazaki vs Mizuki next (well, the match isn’t until March haha), which is my favorite feud the company has ever done, so I’m really looking forward to translating all the stuff for that, going forward. I love it when wrestlers who love each other have to fight each other… :smiling_face_with_tear:

I have a pretty big translation workload on my plate right now, though, because just a few days after イッテンヨン, they did two VOD shows right in a row (which are just about to be uploaded to the streaming site), which I am going to try my best to translate as soon as possible, though I doubt I’m finishing both by the next live show :sweat_smile:.


:spiral_calendar: Day 9: January 9th :snowflake:

spacer:bust_in_silhouette: シャドーハウス Volume 4 (53% ➨ 65%)
spacer:girl: からかい上手の(元)高木さん Volume 10 (31% ➨ 38%)
spacer:sun_with_face: 夢みる太陽 Volume 3 (40% ➨ 78%)


January 9 :snowflake: Home Post

Oof it happened, I got too deep in 山猫 and had to know what was happening so I just… read the rest of it, and stayed up way too late in doing so :joy: it’s winter break it’s fine lmao. But yeah I read 74 pages today! Definitely a new record for me, plus I suppose it’s technically the first actual novel I’ve finished since I’ve still only read the 上 of 海辺のカフカ? So yay :tada: I certainly enjoyed it, it has a lot of fun characters and interactions and such, and all the mystery stuff was very interesting :eyes: lots of moments where as soon as something happened I’d be like “oh of course, that was definitely foreshadowed” but didn’t pick up on it beforehand and was absolutely floored haha.

When I finished I got that bittersweet feeling a good story leaves you with where you don’t wanna say goodbye to the characters and their world, kinda cool to have that happen with a book in Japanese! I do own the second book, just don’t currently physically have it, but I look forward to reading it! In the meantime, I’ll have to look elsewhere for tomorrow :eyes:


Jan 10

かがみの孤城 30% → 34%

Some parts were a little confusing and took me longer today. I finished off 二月 and read the first few pages of 三月.


January 10th

:snowman: Home post :snowflake:

Aria: the masterpiece volume 3 – progress report
Yesterday: Continued up to page 53.
Today: Continued up to page 73, finished chapter 22.

Another (two) day(s), another chapter finished! Given that we didn’t get to see Alicia’s special place because they made another discovery, the big sakura tree, instead, I wonder if we’ll got to see that place at one point. Something tells me that it’s unlikely and it will remain intentionally unresolved. :sweat_smile:

Good job on setting a personal page record and congrats on practically reading your first novel! :tada:


This looked familiar and I realised that I saw this one as nomination in one of the book clubs beforehand.
It looks delightful and I’ll make a mental note of it, though it’s not high on my priority list right now. By now I feel that whenever I’m in need of a palette cleanser, I can just take a look at the things you read during these challenges. With magical girl and magic man’s adventures, the cute little shark and guy working at an aquarium, you seem to frequently have adorable reading material up your sleeve. :smiling_face_with_tear:

Word or expression of the day:
眼前 - (がんぜん) - before one’s eyes​

Honourable mention(s):
陽が暮れる - (ひがくれる) - to set (sun), to become dark​


Oh wow, that’s quite the endorsement! Congratulations on completing your (almost) first novel - and at what speed!


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Day 9 Progress:
お隣の天使様 五冊 - 87.69% → 93.73%

In today’s reading あまね finally confronts the bully from his past, who, of course, has only gotten more evil since the last time they met, and together with 真昼まひる, successfully manage to defeat him through the power of excessive flirting. Truly an astounding series to say the least.

Word of the Day: 人見知ひとみしり - shyness or fear of strangers. Here’s a word whose meaning I can’t glean at all from the word itself… it’s already tough enough that words like 顔見知り and 人付き合い exist…


:snowflake: Day 10, 10th of January :snowflake:

:open_book: Back to my Home Post

Trying to get my reading in a bit earlier, so let’s look at the first story of today. Apparently it’s about pirates and I also just noticed I don’t have Yomichan setup on this browser so no quick lookups for me! An added challenge. And of course there is tons of Katakana in this one. :melting_face:

Aaand I don’t have enough time to read more today if I want to do textbook work too.


:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 8

Read a little ユージニア (26% → 27%).

:open_book: :desktop_computer: :snowman_with_snow: :snowflake: January 9

And some more ユージニア (27% → 29%). I keep feeling like I’ve read a decent amount then the percentage doesn’t go up all that much, I guess it really is one of the longest (or maybe the longest) books I’ve read in Japanese. Which is fine by me since I’m enjoying it.


:cup_with_straw: Home :mexico:

January 10th

143 - 199 (end)

If you’re like, “huh? Volume 5, when did you start that?” The answer is yes. Part 1 ends around 141 of Volume 5 and I never started reading Part 2 until today.

I don’t want to count it as a half volume unless there’s legit another half volume, like between parts 3 and 4, because I hate how it messes up the numbering in discord lists :sweat_smile:

Edit: the last ten pages of vol 12 and the first 70ish pages of 47 are for other parts and I’ve read the rest of those, so it will equal out. Good grief and thank goodness.


:snowflake: :red_gift_envelope: 1月10日 :red_gift_envelope: :snowflake: (Home Post Link)

I’m really lazy and finally imported the photos from my camera today… apparently the last time I did that was in november lmao.


  • ホリミヤ ch 63 + おまけ, Volume 9 done!
  • マジーク・ツリーハウス pg 72 → 80 - got back to this today, taking a little break was nice but I am still enjoying it enough to finish book 2.
Good Words

切羽詰まる「ぜっぱつまる」ー to be in a pinch
譲る「ゆずる」ー to hand over
後悔「こうかい」ー regret

区別「くべつ」ー distinction, difference
確かめる「たしかめる」ー to check, to make sure
へそ曲がり 「へそまがり」ー difficult person, contrarian
ふざける ー to joke, to play a prank
懐中電灯「かいちゅうでんとう」ー electric flashlight

初日の出 + 猫おまけ