I struggle with that from time to time, as well. Here are my thoughts…
I’m using Tobira to learn vocab/grammar/kanji/etc, and using shadowing/italki for listening and production. With those bases covered, my goal with reading, at this time, is to maximize my total exposure to Japanese. Once I finish Tobira, then I’ll probably set aside some reading time in some way to fuel grammar/vocab study, but I’ll probably still dedicate time just to run the Japanese input odometer.
So when I’m reading, I’m shooting for something very roughly in the range of 80-90% comprehension. I read mainly on my Kindle, so word look up is instantaneous. I usually just glance at the first definition and if it sort of makes sense I move right on. If I have a problem looking up the word or understanding it I simply skip it. It’s certainly interesting to learn about the different readings of 仏心, but is that really going to give you the most return on the time invested? Now, when I start to notice the same words/issues coming up regularly, then I might take an extra few seconds to try to figure out the precise meaning, do a more in depth investigation, or even add a note card to my Anki deck, but that’s pretty rare.
This might not be the best way to do it, but it’s what I’ve settled on. It also makes reading much less of a chore. When I ask myself why I’m learning the language–what I’m getting out of it–at least I can get this daily enjoyment of reading without feeling like I’m hitting my head against a wall.
It’s saying they use everything completely, there is no leftovers or waste. They eat even the fishbones, and the melon skin, and also turn used tea leaves into food, etc. and what they can’t eat, they will feed to the chicken.
Thanks for posting fruit pics!! I think maybe I just bought two ぐみのみ bushes for my yard-- it looks very similar, although they come in all sorts of colors, and my berries were blue. If it’s the same, they are called Yezie berries in English, and taste like tart blueberries. At least, mine did.
My kid read Brown Girl Dreaming and House on Mango Street in Middle school a couple of years ago. I’m not sure what else. I’ve noticed that The Outsiders is still required reading in Middle school, too. I think I read that when I was in middle school.