Category Archives: Japanese

Diamond no Ace: Miyuki’s Profile on Volume 3

Hey guys~

So I forgot to mention that I got some more books on here the other day. I know I was posting up some pictures on my Twitter but I’m here now to show you my lovely new books!

You see, on the day before Thanksgiving I went to Kinokuniya and being the manga addict that I am, I bought some books and ordered the first four volumes of Diamond no Ace 😀

Yes, you’ve heard correctly. I’ve started to collect the Diamond no Ace books, and just the other day I went to pick up the first three volumes (the lady forgot to jot down volume 4 so it didn’t come in…). And when I picked up this batch, the first thing I did was browse through them and fangirl over Miyuki!

And in the third volume…I found Miyuki’s character profile  Continue reading Diamond no Ace: Miyuki’s Profile on Volume 3

Teenage Blue + Kanji Search

Hey guys!

So last night I was playing my game (Skyrim) and I randomly started to think about my Light Novels, especially the Japanese ones (how I’d probably never know what they contained) and I got this crazy idea to try and translate them. Of course, this task is nearly impossible when

  1. I don’t know any Kanji
  2. I’ve forgotten 95% of the Hiragana (5%) and Katakana (90%) I learned
  3. I don’t have a lengthy vocabulary (it’s nearly nonexistent) AND
  4. I’m not 100% sure about Japanese grammar

tumblr_nn3of10lLb1teov1io1_500Now, with all of this in mind I was like, whatever and I whipped out Teenage Blue by Kei Tsukimura (art by Rihito Takarai, I know, I’ve been obsessed lately) and started my endeavor.

So what exactly did I accomplish? Well, with the help of a lot of websites (Google Translate, a Japanese Kanji Dictionary, MIT Open Course Ware page), a book Easy Hiragana, and an app called Kanji Draw (wow that’s a lot), I was able to find all the characters for the first sentence!

It’s actually kind of funny. While I was ‘reading’ the first word (the one in [ ]) I was like, what does Hyatsu mean? I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet so I decided to skip it and it was only like an hour later that I realized that the つ (tsu) was probably a little っ, which means it’s a double consonant (which then doesn’t make sense because it would be hya and a isn’t a consonant? and it’s in [ ] so it wouldn’t be hyatto right?)…but I did compare the っ with all the other ones on the next page and it is supposed to be a little one _〆(。。) ?

I’m obviously still confused haha  Continue reading Teenage Blue + Kanji Search