Welcome 2017 :)

皆さん、明けましておめでとうございます!

Let’s start the new year with a 2017 resolutions post

  • Improve Japanese (including writing and speaking 😜)
  • Study hard for university
  • Pass JLPT (as now I live in a city where I can take the exam, there is no excuse for not taking it ahah)
  • Cultivate my interests
  • Be happy and less apprehensive

5 resolutions are enough lol

I wish you a wonderful 2017 (:

今年もよろしくお願いします

良いお年をお迎えください

Formal writing

Despite all the resolutions to improve my writing skills I still lack in this area ahahah D:

Even though I can write about general topics using common grammar structures and words, I still have many difficulties in writing about more specific stuff in a formal register.

So these days, although I have to study for two exams, I try to spend some minutes a day reading a report about a technical topic to learn some new words and to understand what kind of expressions and grammar structures are used in these cases.

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As for the topic, I’ve decided to pick something related to my studies so as to improve Japanese while learning more about the field I’m majoring in. There are still so many things to learn xD

As you can see from the picture, I note down the translation of unknown words during the first reading, and during the second reading I pay attention to the expressions and the language used. This afternoon I also found this useful website, which provides very interesting information about the structure of essays, reports, etc and the expressions you should use while writing them. I think I will read it more accurately writing down some notes as soon as all exams are over ahah And then I’ll try to write something by myself if I find something I can write about.

Dramas of 2016

As the end of the year is approaching, is time to write a list of the 2016 dramas I watched (: Let’s begin with the three I liked the most!

  • Naomi to Kanako

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  • Watashi kekkon dekinainjanakute, shinaindesu

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  • Suna no tou

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  • Otosan to yobasete (9/10)
  • Haburashi onna tomodachi (8/10)
  • Itoshikute (7/10)
  • Boku no yabai tsuma (8/10)
  • Hi no ko (8/10)
  • Kakkou no tamago (7/10)
  • Suki na hito ga iru koto (8/10)
  • On ijou hanzai sousakan Todo Hinako – stopped watching
  • Soshite daremo inakunatta – stopped watching
  • Kenja no ai (9/10; I would have given it 10/10 if it had lasted longer)
  • Jimi ni sugoi (8/10)
  • Kuroi 10-nin no onna (8/10)
  • Kakuregiku (8/10)

Then there are other two dramas I watched, but they aren’t of this year: Yakou Kanransha and Ichiro (the only jidaigeki I watched in 2016 T_T)

Even though I watched some fantastic dramas, overall 2016 dramas weren’t as good as I expected. Hope to watch amazing dramas in 2017 ahaha

Madama Butterfly in Milan

Yesterday in Milan there was the premiere of Madama Butterfly, an opera written by an Italian composer and set in Japan. Here you can read the plot of the opera (;

I didn’t go the theatre to watch the opera, but the other day I went to the centre of Milan and basically there were posters related to the opera everywhere lol

The premiere was really awaited with great enthusiasm. The Rinascente, a department store next to the Duomo, decorated all its showcases with mannequins wearing kimono and with Japanese prints and pictures taken in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century (:

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Basically for the first time in my life I spent half an hour staring showcases ahah

I know that recently I’m not updating the blog as often as I used to, but I hope to resume writing here more often as soon as I get completely used to university life and cast off my laziness.

砂の塔

It seems that I’m continuing to update the blog less often than I used to D: 

These weeks have been quite busy, but I’ve managed to keep the good habit of studying Japanese every morning (: During the past days I studied a new chapter of the grammar textbook and learned some kanji and new words. I listened to podcasts while going to university and watched dramas ^ ^

So far, my favourite drama of this season is 砂の塔. This suspense drama is so good that I even thought to stop watching it because I couldn’t bear the tension ahah

Yesterday I watched the 6th episode and, well, I fell in love with the antagonist after seeing how beautiful she was while wearing a kimono lol


I like the OST too, especially because the lyrics are connected with the themes of the drama (;

そこに住めば どんな願いも 叶うと言われる 愛の城
だけどなぜか みんな笑顔は ハロウィンのパンプキン

早く寝なさいと ママの爪が光る
あなたは今 どこにいて 私を見ているの

探しても 探しても 目の前は砂嵐
積み上げた 喜びも すぐに埋もれた

幸せも 裏切りも いつもそばにあるよ

上に行くほど 傾いた塔 安定はしない

南向きの大きな窓のガラスははめ殺されている
北から来る神のヒントに振り向くこともない

下から帰って上から召されてく
甘い匂い染み込ませたパーティー始めよう

誰よりも高い場所から誰かにこっそり見られたい
雲に太陽のライフが刺さって

教えてよコウノトリ 私はどこへ行くの
ボ口ボ口の未来図の毛布にくるまれ

探しても探してもすぐにまた砂嵐
温かい母の手をいつか握りしめ

オレンジの馬車に積んだ黄色い力ーネーション

上に行くほど傾いた塔

安定はしない

太陽に近い 

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Japanese language updates

I can’t believe that the last time I updated the blog was almost a month ago D:

During the last weeks there were the first partial exams, thus I was so abosorbed by study that I had little time to devote to what I like. So I didn’t study Japanese as much as I wanted to.

Anyway, let me write some updates about what I did to improve my Japanese.

Grammar

As for grammar, I studied only two units of Kanzen Master. They aren’t a lot, but considering that even during high school I used to study an average of 2/3 units per month I can’t complaint too much ahah Now there are only six chapters left to finish the textbook, so I’m quite excited because once I finish it I can start the N1 textbook ^^

Vocabulary

I’m really disappointed by the fact that I didn’t work enough on vocabulary \: My main method to learn new words is reading novels/new articles, but it takes time, so this month due to the lack of time I learned few words (most of which using my vocabulary textbook and Memrise). Basically I wrote only two pages of vocabulary, most of which in the last two days lol Must work on vocabulary harder in the next monrths.

Listening

This is the area where I made more progress. Listening to podcasts every morning and watching dramas almost every evening paid off ahah During the exam period I also started listening to NHK高校講座’s 古典 podcasts. Listening to these podcasts the evening berfore the exam is like a therapy to relax xD So far I learned about Izumi Shikibu’s diary and some 漢詩 poems. I can’t describe with words how much I love Japanese literarure and Classical Japanese: it’s just so beautiful and charming!

Writing

Well, there isn’t the need to write that I neglected it as always

Now that the first partial exams are over it’s time to do my best with Japanese studies too! I hope I can do everything I plan to do (:

 

New interests lol

As time passes, unexpected things happen. For example, I would have never thought to get interested to the songs of a particular artist. Yes, I like listening to music, but generally I don’t have specific preferences. However, recently I’m starting to like BoA songs ahahah I started to know her music after she sang  this year’s 大奥 movies OST, but in the last month I’ve been listening to her song quite often lol

As I don’t know Korean, I usually look for the Japanese lyrics and than compare them with the original. The fact that the structure of the sentence of the two languages is quite similar helps me to learn some new words even though I know only the rudiments of Korean grammar xD

Here the lyrics of the song in the video (:

기억이 나질 않아 나를 바라보던 눈빛
思い出せない 私を見つめてた眼差し
따뜻하고 포근했던 네 품도
暖かくてやわらかかったあなたの腕の中も
언제부턴가 우린 서로를 알려 하지 않고
いつからか私たちはお互いをわかろうとしないで
알고 싶어하지도 않았었지
わかりたいと思うこともなかったよね

변해가는 우리 모습에
変わっていく私たちの姿に
너무 차가워 손을 댈 수 조차 없어
冷たすぎて手を触れることさえできない
지쳐가는 무관심 속에
疲れていく無関心の中で
아무 것도 할 수 없는 내가 더욱 미워져
何もできない自分がいっそう憎い

내 눈을 쳐다보지 않는 너
私の目を見ないあなた
내 마음을 읽지 않는 너
私の気持ちを読み取らないあなた
내 슬픔을 외면하는 너
私の悲しみを無視するあなた
사랑해 이 말이 부족했던 건 아닐까
愛してる この言葉が足りなかったんじゃないかな

처음에는 몰랐어 그냥 바쁜 줄 알았어
初めはわからなかった ただ忙しいんだと思った
뜸해지는 너의 연락과 만남
遠のくあなたの連絡とデート
기다리면 오겠지, 내가 이해해야지
待ってたら来るわ 私が理解しなきゃ
하면 할 수록 더 멀어져 간 너
そうすればするほどさらに遠ざかって行ったあなた

난 제자리에 서있는데
私は元の場所に立ってるのに
네 모습이 희미해져 보이지 않아
あなたの姿が薄れていって見えない
난 돌아가는 길도 몰라
私は帰る道もわからない
그러니 내게로 와 어서 나를 구해줘
だから私のところに来て 早く私を助けてよ

내 눈을 쳐다보지 않는 너
私の目を見ないあなた
내 마음을 읽지 않는 너
私の気持ちを読み取らないあなた
내 슬픔을 외면하는 너
私の悲しみを無視するあなた
사랑해 이 말이 부족했던 건 아닐까
愛してる この言葉が足りなかったんじゃないかな

모든 게 순식간에 정리가 되는 날
すべてが一瞬のうちに整理がついた日
정신차리고 보니 정말 나 혼자
気がついてみるとほんとに私一人
바보처럼 울고 있니 끝이다 생각하니
バカみたいに泣いてるの 終わりだと思ったら
아무 것도 떠오르지 않아
何も浮かんでこない

내 눈을 쳐다보지 않는 너
私の目を見ないあなた
내 마음을 읽지 않는 너
私の気持ちを読み取らないあなた
내 슬픔을 외면하는 너
私の悲しみを無視するあなた
사랑해 이 말이 부족했던 건 아닐까
愛してる この言葉が足りなかったんじゃないかな

그런 너
そんなあなた

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