Finally read through one sub chapter of Re:Zero. A bit confusing but could get my head around the last half of it. While there’s only 8 pages on the next sub chapter I might call it a night since I’ve read so much today it’s kind of insane. Hence the unusual amount of updates.
Have you checked out the Re Zero book club home thread ? I guess you could even still ask there if you are wondering about things in particular.
Been sticking to 2 or three pages a day of Mr. マロウブルー. I love this manga so much, these recent pages were relatively easy because of lots of repetition of words I recognise well (魔法, お茶) and easy context.
Normally I have to look up so many more words and ask a fluent (and kind and tolerant) friend of mine a heap of questions.
I feel,like I’m going quite slowly at the moment. But still reading every day.
26/1 7 pages Orange, 6 pages 夜カフェ
1 月 26 日
Nothing much to say today but 危ない‼️
Phrases/words of note:
程度to a certain extent
何十tens e.g. 何十頭ものオオカミがいた means there were tens of wolves. 何 can be added to before any round number such as ten, one hundred, one thousand, and so on to make it plural.
祈る to pray, to wish
- しばらくすると a little while later
- どうやら・・・ようだ somehow… it seems
Card Captor Sakura volume 8 – progress report
Yesterday: Read up to page 162, finished chapter 33.
Today: Read up to page 187, finished chapter 34 and volume 8.
The chapter ended on a cute note: Sakura decided to send some of the Valentine chocolate she made to her great-grandpa and summoned the flower card to get her hands on some Nadeshiko flowers to go along. Tomoyo’s mother came by and took the present to forward it to her grandfather. Also, just as Sonomi said, Fujitaka sure had the guts to call her to deliver the present. But since it was Sakura’s wish even Sonomi was okay with it.
I was taken aback for a second because I didn’t remember which play they did at Tomoeda school.
I think I only saw ‘white’ (ホワイト) once like ten years ago in a textbook during Japanese classes but I did not remember how it was written at all, so I may as well have seen it for the first time. But you make a good point: had I come across a Snow White play or any Christmas-y chapter during my reading so far, I probably would have encountered it sooner.
Word or expression of the day:
宅配 - (たくはい) - home delivery
曾おじいさん - (ひいおじいさん) - great-grandfather
mixed feelings on today, in that chapter 5 (the final chapter of the volume) was amazing and offers a full flashback chapter, but also that my brain and heart weren’t fully in it. i ended up having to read it in chunks thanks to time constraints and just having other stuff to do and it really broke up the experience and my focus. i got to the 付録 (for some reason not 後書 in this volume? maybe cos it’s longer) and immediately closed the book again. i’ll do that tomorrow and maybe reread the chapter as well.
words that stuck out: turns out 魚 can also be read as うお, 明け方 (dawn), 白化 (albinism, bleaching), and 杖 (cane, walking stick)
To be honest, my first thought was, “Didn’t they just do a play of Snow White?” I wondered if maybe it went by a different name in Japanese, only to find (be reminded that) their play was Sleeping Beauty.
In my defense, I’ve seen Disney’s Snow White but I haven’t seen their Sleeping Beauty, so that probably impacts my memory when it comes to a sleeping lady and a prince.
The Tanuki Kotatsu Reading Den
新書太閣記 progress: 04.40% // Volume I: 50.96%
A samurai was trying to explain about the lineage of a certain lord and how this ties in with the lineage of another lord… it was all very confusing. Though I managed to understand the purpose of the mission and finish the chapter at least.
Words found under the kotatsu
癩「らい」ー Hansen’s disease / leprosy
吩咐 ＝ 言いつけ「いいつけ」(order; command; instructions)
Character Name List
Probably some spoilers, but this is a historic novel, so can spoilers really exist for things that have (for the most part) actually happened
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: 1535 - 15??
日吉「ひよし」- Hideyoshi (as child)
木下弥右衛門「きのした やえもん」- Father
– – 乙若「おとわか」- Old friend
大政所「おおまんどころ」// also お奈加「おなか」ー Mother
おつみ - Older sister
小竹「こちく」- Baby brother
加藤清正「かとう きよまさ」// also 弾正「だんじょう」- Ojisan (only distantly related (before marriage))
– Married to: おえつ (sister of お奈加)
Friends & Acquaintances
仁王「におう」- Big kid friend
於福「おふく」(Nickname - full name: 福太郎「ふくたろ」) // 楊景福「ようけいふく」(Chinese name/birth name) - Timid kid friend (older than Hideyoshi)
– 五郎大夫 「ごろ だゆう」// 祥瑞「しょうずい」(Chinese name) - Father
– 梨琴「りきん」- Mother
捨次郎「すてじろう」- Previous servant to 五郎, later the adoptive father of 於福, and owner of a tea ware shop - and employer of, and master to, Hideyoshi
蜂須賀小六「はちすか ころく」(also 正勝 「まさかつ」) - Head of the Hachisuka clan
– 七内「なない」- Younger brother
– Married to 松波「まつなみ」
– – 亀一「かめいち」- Son
– – 稲田大炊助「いなだ おおいのすけ]
– – 青山新七「あおやま しんしち」
– – 長井半之丞「ながい はんのじょう」
– – 松原内匠「まつばら たくみ」
– 国吉「くによし」- Gunsmith/blacksmith
– 渡辺天蔵「わたなべ てんぞう」- Deserter - Nobushi (Nephew to Koroku)
– 難波内記「なんば ないき」- Spy disguised as a Komuso
– 仁田彦十「にった ひこじゅう」- Subordinate
(蜂須賀正利「はちすか まさとし」- previous head of the Hachisuka clan)
(Alliance with the Hachisuka clan)
斎藤 道三「さいとう どうさん」- Head of the Saito clan
– 斎藤義龍「さいとう よしたつ」(also: 高政「たかまさ」) - Son
織田信秀「おだ のぶひで」- Daimyo
– 織田与三郎「おだ よさぶろう」- Younger brother
斯波義統「しば よしむね」- Head of the Shiba clan, at Kiyosu castle
今川義元「いまがわ よしもと」- Daimyo
阿倍仲麻呂「あべ の なかまろ」ー Japanese scholar & poet (700s)
白楽天「はく きょい」ー Chinese poet (Bai Juyi / Bo Juyi) also known as: 白楽天「はく らくてん」in Japan. (Late 700s)
道元「どうげん」(or 道元禅師「どうげん ぜんじ」ー Japanese Buddhist Priest, writer & poet (also known as 栄西禅師「えいさい ぜんじ」) (Early / mid 1200s)
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 / early 800s)
源頼政「みなもと の よりまさ」ー Prominent poet and warrior (1100s)
Jan 26, Thu of Week 5 of Winter Q1 2023
- Death Note Vol.6 Ch.49-52 (end volume)
I want to read this series when I want to and get urged by expectation, rather than being slowed by feeling difficult to understand or the book club. Also, I skimmed ahead, to Vol.9. There are 12 volumes, btw, so feeling slow.
Words of the day
- メット = helmet
- 大ざっぱ = rough; sloppy; crude. Full Kanji is 大雑把.
- 目敏い = sharp-sighted. The second Kanji is from 敏捷 or 鋭敏.
- 格下げ = demotion. Opposite is 格上げ.
- 筒抜け = being overheard; being leaked of secrets
- 機動隊 = riot police squad. 機動 = mobilization; quick to respond.
- 脱帽 = admiring someone greatly. Taking of a hat off to/for someone.
Haha, my first thought was “isn’t that the same fairytale?” but then I thought that Sleeping Beauty must be the one where she pricks her finger and sleeps for 100 years, right?
(The German names are Schneewittchen (= basically Snow-white in old-fashioned German) and Dornröschen (= Thorn-Rosie, perhaps?) so the name didn’t ring any bell…)
Given this setup is a staple in fairytales, I don’t blame you
I started reading more regularly during my commute, and since the only book club I’m part of right now is 半落ち, which doesn’t provide enough reading material for a whole week, I needed a new book and decided to read 闇祓. It’s from the same author as かがみの孤城, which I have not read. I’m 12% in now.
Anyway, it starts very school-focused, but has lots of creepy vibes. Also 告白 vibes, which was also set in a school.
One part of the book makes me think, wow this is too much „I‘m a highschool girl and i have a crush on my 先輩 and omg he noticed me! He walks me home every day! I talk to my two best friends about everything kyaaa“
But on the other hand everything makes me think, there must be a huge plot going on where all her friends actually hate her/are jealous of her and they sent someone into the class to bully her.
I also think the 先輩 part would feel less weird if he had a personality. I hope he finds one somewhere during the book (maybe I’m too harsh at 12%)
I like the writing style and the emotions. Emotions are good. In the beginning she thought something like „everyone calls me a 優等生 but I don’t think they mean it as a compliment“, i felt that.
I could do with less „I think I’m in love“ and more dread and despair and fear. I really really hope there will be an insane plot twist where everyone turns out to actually hate her, and they were only pretending to like her all along. But we’ll see what happens. Or maybe we’ll see everything from the perspective of the bully/creep at one point and his story is gonna be super sad, like neglected by his parents, everyone is mean to him, etc.
Day 26, 26th of January
Really quick story before bed. In this story we see a necromancer and his undead army gearing up to fight the king. It seems this is the wizard from before with his mouse assistant.
They kept saying ゴゴツ and I completely forgot it was the name of the wizard.
Starting a little late but here we go
I’m sure you all know that I’m in urgent need of new books because what’s a tsundoku of just 15 books after all. Anyway, I just so happened to visit the Bookwalker site which I don’t check every few hours, as I honestly answered in the poll, and lo and behold, four books are on sale at 70% their regular price, and while the first two are out of the question for me because their covers are just too light-novelly, the other two are intriguing. Actually, I already had my eye on the last one, ユートロニカのこちら側, which is a dystopia written by the latest Naoki prize winner, 小川哲. And the other one, 人間たちの話, is a collection of SF short stories that seem to be mostly absurd and humorous, with strong scientific basis and emphasis on the human factor. I think I’m sold.
Yeah I’m already there.
Home post // Jan 26
・ 封印再度 (63% → 71%)
Went to sleep early last night, ended up reading a bit. Almost done with chapter 7 now.
Ooooh, wanted to read something by him anyways but his winning book is a bit pricey still, so this comes at the perfect time
Also I guess @Myria might be interested in the author and the topic?
Compulsive readers book club?