Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginner Book Club)

And we are off! Week one reading thread is up!

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Thanks for everyone who joined week 1! Week 2 thread is up.

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Oh my! This has to be the most difficult book for 6-year olds I’ve ever read! That being said, I love the challenge. And my 6-year old daughter, who’s just learning to read our native language, laughs a lot at my struggles :sweat_smile:

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ah sadly I can’t buy the book physically cause I don’t live in the US

??? People have bought it in Australia, Japan, and parts of Europe though?

it’s too expensive for me to buy it and ship to (indonesia) so its not viable

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Indonesia has a Kinokuniya. Suggest you contact them (especially the Japanese book counter, if they’ve got a separate one), and see if they can order it for you.

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Onto week 3! Remember, if you are still catching up feel free to ask questions in the threads for the earlier weeks. We make separate threads to make this easier to do and there will usually be people watching those threads who will answer your questions.

Alternatively, join in with the current week and you can always catch up on earlier chapters later!

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My book arrived! I took the advice of Belthazar and emailed Kinokunia Sydney and they ordered it for me.

Cuuute! I will get a head start on week 4 and jump in there.

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Posting a little early this week. Hitting some more familiar territory for many of us now with Narita Airport and Tokyo landmarks.

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Onto week 5:

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Week 6 thread!

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Week 7 thread.

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Week 8 thread. Remember the old threads are still open for questions if you are catching up. Alternatively jump back in on the current week and you can go back to the earlier chapters later!

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Week 9 thread.

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Week 10 thread is up!

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Week 11 thread is up!

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Week 12 thread is up:

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We are onto the penultimate week - week 13!

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I’m slowly but surely making my way through this book (currently on Ehime prefecture!) but wanted to share my gratitude for it even if I never quite catch up to the book club schedule.

It’s so much fun recognizing WK vocab in context, and the repetition of phrases – while probably maddening for more advanced readers – is really reinforcing my learning. The lack of kanji is pushing me to remember readings and improving my ability to parse individual words and phrases. It’s been a real さいばい of reading progress! :drum:

Thanks Micki for organizing and to everyone contributing vocab and posts!

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