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Japanese Novel Review: この嘘がばれないうちに Before this Lie gets out by Kawaguchi Toshikazu (川口俊和)

So this isn’t really the book that I set out to read, but I am thankful for the library for having this author! I knew about this author from her more well known book, Before the Coffee gets Cold(コーヒーが冷めないうちに). But Before this Lie get Out(この嘘がばれないうちに) seemed to have a very similar concept of a collection … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: この嘘がばれないうちに Before this Lie gets out by Kawaguchi Toshikazu (川口俊和)”

Japanese Goals: March 2021

I haven’t written any study updates recently, so I decided to make a stronger effort to make one each month.  I really think that having well thought out measurable goals helps me to improve at a faster rate then I would otherwise.  I also really like to read about how other people are studying and … Continue reading “Japanese Goals: March 2021”

Japanese Novel Review: 霧のむこうのふしぎな町 The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist by Kashiwaba Sachiko (柏葉幸子)

One of the main reasons I picked up this novel was to show case Aoi Tori Bunko as a potential tool for language learners. While books for children are popular with language learners, I think this book is the perfect example to show that what is easy for kids is not always what is easy … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: 霧のむこうのふしぎな町 The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist by Kashiwaba Sachiko (柏葉幸子)”

Japanese Novel Review: あひる The Duck by Natsuko Imamura (今村夏子)

I am excited to introduce another wonderful Imamura Natsuko novel to members of the Japanese Book Club Cafe! This time I read the novel Duck(あひる). Like all of the Imamura novels I have read so far, Duck(あひる) also showcases her talents for accessible storytelling with use of easy grammar and vocabulary. I picked this novel … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: あひる The Duck by Natsuko Imamura (今村夏子)”

Japanese Novel Review: そして、バトンは渡された And so the Baton was Passed by Seo Maiko (瀬尾まいこ)

I have been waiting forever to get And so the Baton was Passed(そして、バトンは渡された).  I love Seo Maiko and this is her most recent award winning novel.  It took a few years, but her novel finally came out in paper back and I got it at Chicago’s Kinokuniya for $12.99.  This novel is a great example … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: そして、バトンは渡された And so the Baton was Passed by Seo Maiko (瀬尾まいこ)”

Japanese Novel Review: おおかみこどもの雨と雪 Wolf Children by Hosoda Mamoru (細田守)

I picked up Wolf Children(おおかみこどもの雨と雪) in a recent bulk order where I was trying to find a few books that might be appropriate for N3 level learners. I usually try to stay away from novelizations of anime as I didn’t really enjoy Your Name(君の名は). The book felt like a screen play with physical descriptions thrown … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: おおかみこどもの雨と雪 Wolf Children by Hosoda Mamoru (細田守)”

Japanese Novel Review: 神去なあなあ夜話 Night Tales from Kamusari by Miura Shion (三浦しをん)

I purchased this novel at Chicago’s Kinokuniya after reading and falling in love with its prequel, The Easy Life in Kamusari(神去なあなあ).  This novel, 神Night Tales from Kamusari(去なあなあ夜話) is written just like the title sounds.  Its been a year since the main character as moved, and he writes a diary secretly at night going over different … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: 神去なあなあ夜話 Night Tales from Kamusari by Miura Shion (三浦しをん)”

Japanese Novel Review: 生きる僕ら We are Alive by Maha Harada (原田マハ)

This is a book review for the novel We are Alive(生きる僕ら) by Harada Maha(原田マハ).  I purchased this novel from Amazon.jp for 759 yen as a part of a bulk order late last year. Harada Maha is a very popular author in Japan and out of all of the books that she has written, this book … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: 生きる僕ら We are Alive by Maha Harada (原田マハ)”

Japanese Novel Review: 星の王子様 Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I decided to read this novel after reading 君の膵臓をたべたい(review can be found here) as this story seemed to play a large role in story line especially at the end when Haruki is reading over Sakura’s diary. I have been looking into find more light reading as I found found many of the novels I have … Continue reading “Japanese Novel Review: 星の王子様 Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery”

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