Kiki-Mimi Radio

A chance discovery of a curious radio leads to unexpected consequences in this modern retelling of a Japanese classic.

In the Easier editions, we've worked to constrain the grammar to a modest set of basic patterns, and at only 27 episodes, this series should feel approachable for people who are just getting started reading real Japanese stories.

Those who are more advanced (or those who have graduated from the Easier editions) will enjoy the Harder editions, which include more challenging grammar and vocabulary, as well as Harder-only extended notes.

We hope you enjoy this story.

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Episode 1
A nearby park provides the perfect venue for the narrator's daily routine.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the difference between two words related to going out for a walk, as well as two words for "many."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 11523
Harder (SFX) Unread 3242
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 1922
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 1417
Episode 2
The narrator takes a look around a market event going on in the park.
Notes: This episode contains several examples of a special pattern for naming examples, and a note that breaks it down.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 4212
Harder (SFX) Unread 1423
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 595
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 577
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Episode 3
The narrator happens on an interesting item as she looks around one of the tents.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a common word that can be used to say a device or machine "runs" or "works."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 2158
Harder (SFX) Unread 727
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 297
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 307
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Episode 4
A mysterious old man talks to the woman about the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the the use of alternate kanji for common words, plus one that looks at the difference between hontou ni and hontou wa.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 1165
Harder (SFX) Unread 462
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 159
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 202
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Episode 5
As the narrator enjoys her new radio, a small hiccup occurs.
Notes: This episode contains two notes on wa being used for special effect, and a breakdown of a sentence containing degree-marking gurai.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 884
Harder (SFX) Unread 424
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 126
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 161
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Episode 6
The woman wonders about a strange setting on the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "to go to do something" in the sense of just beginning to undertake the action, another one on a word that means "if I recall correctly," and more.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 752
Harder (SFX) Unread 378
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 124
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 145
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Episode 7
The new setting seems somehow connected to an interesting radio program.
Notes: This episode contains great demonstrations of the word yappari, as well as the pattern of asking yourself a question, to which the implied answer is "yes."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 705
Harder (SFX) Unread 335
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 115
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 140
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Episode 8
The woman notices something strange while listening to the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "there's no way," as well as one on the use of the word yoku to express amazement.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 604
Harder (SFX) Unread 318
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 106
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 134
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Episode 9
The woman begins to doubt her sanity as the scene becomes more and more peculiar.
Notes: This episode contains lots of fun vocabulary and expressions.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 566
Harder (SFX) Unread 294
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 103
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 123
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Episode 10
Newcomers to the scene further surprise the woman.
Notes: This episode contains several lengthy notes, including one on the so-called "suffering passive," and one on an expression that means "just when I thought..."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 552
Harder (SFX) Unread 276
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 99
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 120
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Episode 11
The woman tests a hypothesis.
Notes: This episode contains a note that looks at the difference between two verbs for animal vocalization, and another that breaks down a tricky sentence.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 669
Harder (SFX) Unread 286
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 84
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 115
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Episode 12
The woman searches out another opportunity to test the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on why and when you must use the "seeming" -sou suffix.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 495
Harder (SFX) Unread 262
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 77
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 104
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Episode 13
The radio leads the woman to an amphibian in distress.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of a pair of verbs that mean "to help."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 578
Harder (SFX) Unread 256
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 77
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 112
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Episode 14
The woman reflects on what the old man might have meant when he sold her the radio.
Notes: This episode contains dramatic vocabulary, like the words for "betray" and "misuse."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 502
Harder (SFX) Unread 243
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 69
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 98
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Episode 15
The narrator describes where she lives.
Notes: This episode contains pleasant vocabulary like "gently sloping," as well as interesting notes, such as one on a common pattern for describing locations.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 535
Harder (SFX) Unread 247
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 70
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 92
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Episode 16
The woman gets to work on her idea to bring more birds to her yard.
Notes: This episode contains a review of the -te kuru pattern to speak of going out to perform a task before returning, and a use of chotto to mean "hey!"
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 426
Harder (SFX) Unread 221
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 60
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 83
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Episode 17
The woman senses something is not right during her morning jog.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special use of oboeru.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 498
Harder (SFX) Unread 230
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 67
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 84
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Episode 18
An overheard conversation between two crows, and their subsequent announcement, sheds light on what is going on.
Notes: This episode contains a cheerful word for "sun," a note on a common speech abbreviation, a note explaining why there can be different ways to write the same verb, and more.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 391
Harder (SFX) Unread 215
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 58
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 76
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Episode 19
A congregation of birds causes wonderment near where the woman works.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a way to consider a hypothetical scenario, an explanation of the word toriaezu, and the meaning of the word yo after a question.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 493
Harder (SFX) Unread 206
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 58
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 80
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Episode 20
The man wonders aloud about his dog's behavior, as the woman offers a suggestion.
Notes: This episode contains several notes about small points of grammar.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 367
Harder (SFX) Unread 202
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 61
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 74
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Episode 21
The woman ponders what she knows and what she can do.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to give short ranges like "two or three minutes" or "five or six people" in Japanese.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 441
Harder (SFX) Unread 203
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 62
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 78
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Episode 22
The morning turns tumultuous as the event the animals spoke about appears to arrive.
Notes: This episode contains a detailed note on a word that means "to settle back down into an orderly state."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 320
Harder (SFX) Unread 190
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 65
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 82
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Episode 23
Sensing danger and realizing she has an opportunity to help, the woman springs to action.
Notes: This episode offers several interesting notes, including one on the often-misunderstood word tekitou.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 389
Harder (SFX) Unread 187
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 61
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 70
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Episode 24
Everyone looks anxiously to the sea.
Notes: This episode contains a note that considers different ways to speak of playing a message, as well as one that contrasts two suffixes that mean "several" and "many."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 309
Harder (SFX) Unread 182
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 55
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 75
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Episode 25
The woman and her coworkers look on in disbelief as nature trifles with the town.
Notes: This heart-pounding episode contains dramatic vocabulary and expressions, such as dokoro ka, "far from (one thing), (something else way larger)."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 378
Harder (SFX) Unread 166
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 48
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 67
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Episode 26
The mayor talks to the woman about her actions on that day.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two common words that might feel tricky.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 282
Harder (SFX) Unread 164
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 48
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 57
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Episode 27
The conclusion to Kiki-Mimi Rajio.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two useful patterns.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 389
Harder (SFX) Unread 164
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 49
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 57