Category Archives: My Japanese Journey

Anki Japanese Challenge Week 60

60 weeks ago, I started the kanji deck that brought me to practical fluency in Japanese reading. 48 weeks ago, I started my J-E deck. In August 2014, I brought all cards into circulation from Japanese Level Up’s “The One Deck”.

This is what my forecasts and reviews look like today.


At the worst, I performed 1300 reviews/day and spent 480m/day working on Japanese in Anki. Over the last month, I reviewed an average of 160 cards/day (ignore the stat above, which counts cards I got wrong as well as review cards) and spent about 23m/day.

This doesn’t mean that I only spend 23m/day on Japanese. I also listen to NHK broadcasts approximately 40m/day, read (~1 article/day) and The Sigh of Suzumiya Haruhi (1ch/week), and play Japanese ROMs on ZSNES. These are less measurable but infinitely more pleasurable vectors for staying up on Japanese that I couldn’t have enjoyed prior to getting through the massive vocabulary and kanji binge.

I look forward to breaking under the 100 cards/day mark. The forecast says that’ll be 16 days from now, but it’s been saying that since January. I’m in no rush, since 20m/day is sustainable.

Question: Why are you posting this?
I notice very little data on people’s progress or routines — mainly because people assume no one’s interested. As an outsider, data encourages me to undertake self-improvement projects I wouldn’t dare to without information.

Besides that, it’s nice for me to have a historical record.

I’ll be posting this data once a week on Sunday.

Why The Lens Character From J. Geils Band’s Centerfold Is A Creepy Otaku

So I was listening to this in the car today…

…And I thought, “Who is this guy?”

Most critics of Centerfold take a feminist slant, focusing on notions of male possessiveness and the commoditization of the female body.

Not me. I thought, “Have I met this guy? What’s he look like? What’s he like?” Continue reading Why The Lens Character From J. Geils Band’s Centerfold Is A Creepy Otaku

Lost in Synthesis

In Impossible Things I said that students can do brute force memorization in their spare time. So I’ve been doing that with Japanese, memorizing every kanji and vocabulary word on the recommended list for the JLPT1. But symbols and words don’t make a language…

Yesterday, I cracked The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱)’s cover. You might recognize the anime by the same name that aired in 2006.

Haruhi Suzumiya anime
Which, incidentally, you can purchase by clicking this picture.


You might even recalled the premise:

“What if God was one of us?”
“Okay, so what if?”
“And he was actually a Japanese schoolgirl.”
“Uhm, wow, that would explain a lot actually…”
“But she like, doesn’t know, man.”
“Alright, now you’ve lost me.” Continue reading Lost in Synthesis

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging thanks to: The JLPT N1

I’ve got a reason for my daily blog lapse!
(don’t you always?)
But seriously! With the Japanese Language Placement Test N1 on my plate for Sunday, I couldn’t hardly focus on anything other than my own looming doom. I get some mercy for that, right?

Continue reading We interrupt your regularly scheduled blogging thanks to: The JLPT N1