A few weeks ago I bought るろうに剣心 京都大火編 (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), a live action movie based on the anime. Tonight I finally got around to watching it. “How was it?” I imagine you asking. Well, I’m headed to the store tomorrow in the hopes of finding part 3. That’s how good it was. Also, it ended on a cliff hanger.
I have watched a few episodes of 深夜食堂 (Midnight Diner), a series on netflix based on a manga. It was pretty good.
I have given up on イタズラなKiss～Love in Tokyo (Mischievous Kiss). I never did like it much. It’s based on a 少女漫画, which means their target demographic is young teenage girls. Not surprisingly, I didn’t like it much, but it was something to watch in Japanese.
Now, to be clear, I am watching all of these with subtitles. My Japanese is definitely nowhere near the point that I could understand them without subtitles. but it’s still going me good to watch them. Aside from the fact that I am enjoying a couple of them, I am filling my ears with the sounds of Japanese, and that’s always a good thing to do.
Watching these shows has done two things.
(1) It has frustrated me by revealing just how far away from my goal I really am
(2) It has motivated me by revealing just how far away form my goal I really am
Yeah, I now. Contradictory. That’s just how it is.
The thing that I need to do most is to find someone who I can chat with in Japanese during the week. That’s a huge deal. I can talk to myself, of course, but I’m not that interesting. I’d rather talk to somebody else. I have a couple of possibilities. We’ll see what materializes.
Also, I have officially started writing practice. Yep. It’s that time. I am learning to write hiragana and some basic kanji. It is very boring, and I an not enjoying it particularly, but I want to learn, so I’ll stick with it.
Back when I was learning the kanji, I started this blog as a way of motivating myself. I didn’t figure anyone else would actually read it. I just didn’t want to post something like, “Well, I didn’t study today” and that motivated me to study even on days when I didn’t feel like it.
Well, it’s time to roll out the same trick.
I am starting to learn how to write Japanese, everyone. I am going to practice every day. I’ll tell you if I don’t.
There. That ought to do it!