The Journey I Live

Years have passed since Kona's adventure to the mountains, and life has settled into a comfortable rhythm. But everything changes when a series of unexpected events turns Kona's life upside down and forces him to reevaluate what he really knows about love, courage, and the true meaning of strength.

Told through the eyes of an older and wiser Kona, this series contains more challenging grammar and vocabulary, and tackles more mature themes, than the first Kona story. It therefore deserves a difficulty rating of Advanced. It is aimed at readers who have completed the first Kona story and our other intermediate content and are ready to stretch toward native-level material. (Ongoing, 88 episodes)

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Episode 1
Years have gone by since Kona's adventure to the mountains. Kona catches us up.
Notes: This episode contains several interesting notes, such as one that shows the hidden relationship between two common words.
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Episode 2
Kona considers how his thoughts about his place in life have changed.
Notes: This episode contains an explanation of the word tatoe, which signals that an "even though" expression is coming, as well as a special use of the word sonzai, "existence."
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Episode 3
Kona begins to recount a pivotal moment with Mocha.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the meaning of a short question at the beginning of a sentence, a verb that means "it is not possible to do," and more.
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Episode 4
The family rushes to intervene. But are they too late?
Notes: This episode contains a cultural note on a traditional article of clothing, a note on the difference between two readings of δΈ­, and more.
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Episode 5
The family takes stock of the damage.
Notes: This episode contains extensive notes, including one on a suffix that you can attach to any verb to mean you view the action as contemptible.
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Episode 6
Kona and Mocha enjoy the addition of new residents.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of several similar expressions that mean some variation of "to follow," along with several other extended notes.
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Episode 7
The cats are drawn into a confrontation.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the original meaning of the common word sugoi.
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Episode 8
Mocha and the fox get into a scuffle as Kona tries to help.
Notes: This episode contains exciting vocabulary and expressions, such as one that means "as if to say..." and another that means "in a trance."
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Episode 9
The brawl continues as the cats do their best to help one another.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of the pattern for "heated questions," plus a review of a pattern that means "I should have done such-and-such."
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With Sound Effects Unread 250
Voice Only Unread 57
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Episode 10
An alarmed Natsumi comes to Mocha's aid.
Notes: This episode contains a note explaining why a word like miru might be written using different kanji depending on the sense, plus another example of "heated questions."
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Episode 11
Kona consoles Mocha after her examination.
Notes: This episode contains several extensive notes, including one on the difference between two ways to write noseru and one on the expression (person) no koto.
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Voice Only Unread 49
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Episode 12
Kona reflects on what the episode taught him.
Notes: This episode contains several words and expressions that can feel tricky, such as masaka, amaeru, and -te made mo, but our notes will help break them down for you.
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Episode 13
Ken and Natsumi discuss a recent change in local wildlife behavior.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of the differences between two common words, plus a discussion of an expression that essentially means "stomach prep."
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Episode 14
Kona fills us in on an old friend.
Notes: This episode contains a fun expression that literally means "to get a hand from the cat."
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Episode 15
Natsumi discovers something on Mocha.
Notes: This episode contains the fun expressions to kitara... and hanpa janai.
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Episode 16
Natsumi concern over Mocha's bump increases.
Notes: This episode contains reviews of the word mama and the suffix -sugiru.
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Voice Only Unread 36
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Episode 17
Ken joins Natsumi in the kitchen.
Notes: This episode contains a note looking at two ways to say "hurriedly," as well as one that explains a technique for representing a sudden stop in speech.
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With Sound Effects Unread 164
Voice Only Unread 37
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Episode 18
An angry Mocha makes another visit to the vet.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "having only (verbed)," plus one on a suffix that attaches to a person's name to indicate exasperation.
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With Sound Effects Unread 140
Voice Only Unread 35
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Episode 19
Mocha reveals a theory about Natsumi.
Notes: This note contains long discussions of the words yatsu-atari and kentaiki, plus one on understanding the "suffering passive."
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Voice Only Unread 32
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Episode 20
The cats enjoy a moment together.
Notes: This episode contains a review of the word hazu, plus a note on two very similar-looking words related to pointing.
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With Sound Effects Unread 138
Voice Only Unread 33
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Episode 21
The family evening continues.
Notes: This episode contains a note explaining how to remember very rare kanji.
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With Sound Effects Unread 145
Voice Only Unread 33
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Episode 22
Ken receives an important phone call.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of two words that both mean "rare," a note on creating short ranges like "two or three," and a note on the suffix -komu.
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With Sound Effects Unread 156
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Episode 23
Ken explains what he learned to Natsumi and Kona.
Notes: This episode contains important vocabulary, as well as a note on ateji.
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Episode 24
Kona digests what he is hearing.
Notes: This episode contains two notes that compare nante and da nante.
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Episode 25
As Ken, Natsumi, and Kona finish their discussion, Mocha appears.
Notes: This episode contains a note on two different words that mean "cheek," a note on a common speech contraction, and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 127
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Episode 26
Natsumi makes a discovery that necessitates changes.
Notes: This episode contains a detailed breakdown of the unexpectedly tricky expression sukoshi de mo.
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Episode 27
The family comes together to help Mocha.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a suffix that means "a lover of (something)."
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With Sound Effects Unread 118
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Episode 28
Kona encourages Mocha, as Mocha conveys something important to Kona.
Notes: This episode contains another example of a pattern we saw earlier for giving a speculative reason for what follows, as well as a breakdown of the meaning of the expression o-sewa ni naru.
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With Sound Effects Unread 325
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Episode 29
Spring brings new life to the family yard.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the words itsushika and tamaranai.
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With Sound Effects Unread 108
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Episode 30
Mocha confides something in Kona.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of a long sentence that might feel tricky.
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Episode 31
Kona asks Natsumi and Ken for help.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special usage of the -you to suru pattern.
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Episode 32
Natsumi discovers what has happened.
Notes: This episode contains several important notes on euphemisms.
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Episode 33
The family gathers in the back yard as Kona feels emotions well up inside him.
Notes: This episode contains an expression that literally means "one can neither sit nor stand," plus an explanation of a figurative use of a word that means "crash/smash/bang."
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Episode 34
Kona reflects on his relationship with Mocha.
Notes: This episode contains several lengthy notes, including a special use of the simple -te miru pattern, a breakdown of a phrase that means "irreplaceable," and more.
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Episode 35
Natsumi comforts Kona.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the flexible word darake as well as a pattern for saying "this past (period of time."
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Episode 36
Natsumi and Ken are suddenly energized as a confused Kona looks on.
Notes: This episode includes notes on the word rusu in two different forms.
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With Sound Effects Unread 54
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