The Jam Maker

Satoko lives a quiet life, enjoying her garden and boutique jam-making operation. A positive person by nature, she has accepted her sometimes challenging circumstances and is at peace. Certain things in life are simply not for her, she reasons. But an encounter with a neighbor boy one day begins to change both of their lives in ways big and small. A heartwarming, real-world story about connection and growth, told in very approachable Japanese. (Ongoing, 60 episodes)

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Episode 1
As the narrator awakes, she is surrounded by a symphony of sensations.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means a sensation is spontaneously perceptible, one on a suffix that means "freshly (baked, etc.)," and more.
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Episode 2
As the narrator starts her day, we learn a little more about her life.
Notes: This episode contains lots of useful kitchen vocabulary, plus several extended grammar notes.
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Episode 3
The narrator lets us in on what makes her jam so special.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary, like the names of various plants and herbs, as well as helpful notes that explain how to use the word nado and the difference between two words that mean "faint."
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Episode 4
Her preparations complete, the narrator settles in for a luxurious morning moment.
Notes: This episode contains notes that explore the differences between two pairs of common words, plus one that breaks down an important pattern for saying "as much as" with hodo.
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Episode 5
The narrator begins to plan her day as she eats.
Notes: This episode contains a note that looks at a special word with a funny reading, one that considers how to create ranges like "four or five," and one that discusses a standard pattern for linking mimetic words into sentences.
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Episode 6
The narrator meets the owner of the bicycle.
Notes: This episode, the first from this series to contain dialogue, contains a note on a common feminine speech trait.
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Episode 7
The boy introduces himself, and the narrator fills us in more on her background.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a common abbreviation for saying you must do something, as well as an explanation of "in that state" mama.
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Episode 8
The narrator explains more about how her condition was first discovered.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a simple word that means "result," but which can also function as a conjunction, a use of the particle ni to mean "because of," and more.
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Episode 9
The narrator recalls the loving efforts of her parents.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the -te iku pattern, one that breaks down a tricky sentence, and more.
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Episode 10
The narrator relates an episode from her childhood.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the word niau, "to suit a person," another containing a breakdown of a tricky sentence, and more.
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Episode 11
Satoko tells more about her life growing up.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that looks like "image" but can mean other things, as well as a detailed breakdown of a tricky sentence.
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Episode 12
Satoko relates a turning point in her knowledge of cooking.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the difference between two words that mean "many," one on two words that mean "cooking, and more.
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Episode 13
Learning to handle yourself safely is not always easy, as Satoko recalls.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to use the verb wasureru, a note that breaks down how self-directed rhetorical questions work, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 560
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Episode 14
Satoko describes trouble in her parent's relationship.
Notes: This episode contains a note that reviews the versatile word hotondo, one that breaks down a tricky sentence, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 507
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Episode 15
Hoping to take her jam-making to the next level, Satoko undertakes a major change.
Notes: This episode contains a note that breaks down two relative clauses stacked together, one on a word that means "contrary (to what you might think)," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 472
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Episode 16
Satoko enjoys life in her new home.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the two different styles for linking counters into sentences, one on an expression that means "it doesn't matter," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 437
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Episode 17
Satoko and her mother settle into a comfortable rhythm.
Notes: This episode contains extended notes breaking down two sentences.
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With Sound Effects Unread 400
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Episode 18
Yuuji makes a kind offer. But is he just being polite?
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of a sentence that illustrates how unwieldy blocks can be integrated into sentences, a note that explains a common speech contraction, and more.
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Episode 19
Satoko decides to accept Yuuji's help.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "no matter what you do, I urge you earnestly," as well as two related to ladders.
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Episode 20
Satoko notices something interesting about Yuuji.
Notes: This episode contains a short but possibly tricky sentence, but we break it down in a detailed discussion.
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Episode 21
A visitor appears at Satoko's door.
Notes: This episode contains two notes looking at the verb mousu, plus one that looks at a special use of sasuga.
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Episode 22
Mr. Oono shares something important about Yuuji.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a polite way to speak of knowing, one that breaks down a tricky sentence, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 335
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Episode 23
Satoko confronts Yuuji about what she learned from his father.
Notes: This episode contains several long notes breaking down dialogue.
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Episode 24
Yuuji opens up about his goals for the future.
Notes: This episode contains a note about the origins of a word that means "to cut class," and one that breaks down a sentence which contains two different verbs of giving and receiving.
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With Sound Effects Unread 293
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Episode 25
Satoko becomes concerned.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression people use to be self-deprecating, one on the suffix -komu, and more.
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Episode 26
Yuuji's father explains the circumstances behind his visit.
Notes: This episode contains two notes that break down "politeness upgrades," as well as two notes on examples of wa being used for contrast.
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With Sound Effects Unread 241
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Episode 27
Mr. Oono asks Satoko for something.
Notes: This episode contains a note breaking down a sentence that demonstrates a common pattern for bargaining.
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Episode 28
Yuuji asks for Satoko's opinion about high school.
Notes: This episode contains notes on words and phrases like "to be useful," "to put to use," and "to consult; to ask for advice."
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With Sound Effects Unread 224
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Episode 29
Time passes. Satoko gets an update on Yuuji's life.
Notes: This episode contains two notes with sentence breakdowns.
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Episode 30
Yuuji shares exciting news about his work.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two different uses of the word tokoro, one on an informal way to say "(so-and-so)'s home," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 177
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Episode 31
Satoko and Yuuji make plans together.
Notes: This episode has three more instances of slightly special use of the past tense.
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Episode 32
Yuuji and Satoko set out together.
Notes: This episode contains a note that explains what it means when a question is floating in a sentence, unconnected to anything else, along with notes on several other expressions.
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With Sound Effects Unread 118
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Episode 33
Satoko is treated to a front-row seat at Yuuji's worksite.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the use of ni to mean "in addition to," one on a contraction of sore wa, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 15
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