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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Episode 21
The family evening continues.
Notes: This episode contains a note explaining how to remember very rare kanji.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Episode 37
Kona takes a moment to think alone outside.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "to surge; to flood; to come rushing."
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Episode 38
Kona has an unexpected encounter with visitors to his yard.
Notes: This episode contains fun words like migoto and bosa-bosa.
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Episode 39
The gray cat remembers when times were better.
Notes: This episode contains informal language, featuring lots of contractions and expressions, but our notes will help you through.
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Episode 40
As the stray cats are taking Kona up on his offer, another cat appears.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the -zu and -nu negatives, as well as one on the word sekkaku.
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Episode 41
The mystery black cats lock eyes with Kona.
Notes: This episode contains an interesting note on a word that literally means "to come back to life," plus one on a special use of oboeru.
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Episode 42
Kona learns more about the visitors' past.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "no sooner had (one thing happened) than (another happened)," plus a note on the prefix ka-.
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Episode 43
Kona shares a little about his situation.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a use of a familiar word to mean "you know what I mean."
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Episode 44
The visiting cats avail themselves of Kona's hospitality.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the particle shi, the pattern (past tense verb) dake de, the pattern (conditional) ii noni, and more.
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Episode 45
The cats share more information about where they live.
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Episode 46
Kona tries to think of a way to help his brother and sister.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that can mean 10%, plus a review of sasuga.
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Episode 47
Kona continues his attempts to convince his visitors of his experience.
Notes: This episode contains examples of a pattern that means "in preparation for X," and a variation of the "must not do" pattern.
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Episode 48
Kona hatches a plan that he thinks might help in the battle.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that refers to various expressions of gratitude as well as an expression that literally means "to send a helping boat."
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Episode 49
As Kona prepares for the next day, he remembers something a friend once told him.
Notes: This episode contains notes on important patterns that mean "the more one (verbs), the more..." and "even if just a little."
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Episode 50
Kona turns up at the shrine, ready to help.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the unusual reading for a common word, plus a note on a word that means "to drift (along on a current, etc.).
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Episode 51
As Kona continues to press his case, the neighboring cats arrive on the scene.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a contraction of desu, an expression that means "in exchange," and more.
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Episode 52
The rival gangs face off.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an old way of using adjectives, an expression that can mean "now or never," and more.
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Episode 53
As the battle intensifies, Kona finds himself on the back foot.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the difference between two words that mean "an instant/moment," as well as lots of great vocabulary, such as one that means "to deliver the coup de grace."
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Episode 54
The battle enters a critical stage.
Notes: This episode contains a review of an expression that means "just when Action A happened...," a note on an expression that means the sound of something whipping through the air, and more.
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Episode 55
The cats react to the new turn of battlefield events.
Notes: This episode contains an excellent expression that means something similar to "Look at you go!"
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Episode 56
Kona brings a new idea to the table.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of two senses of the word datte.
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Episode 57
The bosses consider Kona's idea.
Notes: This episode contains a note that breaks down a word that means "causing a feeling of intense dislike in others," and a review of caveat-introducing tadashi.
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Episode 58
The cats thank Lily and the eagles for their help.
Notes: This episode contains a great sentence utilizing two verbs of giving and receiving attached directly to each other! Our breakdown will help you make sense of it.
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Episode 59
With the battle resolved, Kona congratulates his brother and sister.
Notes: This episode contains a note about a sarcastic use of -te morau, one on the word mau, and more.
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Episode 60
The new events necessitate a last-minute change of plans.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a word that means "well-known," a note that breaks down the "I receive your allowing" pattern, and more.
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Episode 61
Kona and his older sister try to get help for their big brother.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "to go and do."
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Episode 62
Kona goes for help.
Notes: This episode contains notes that look closely at several verbs.
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Episode 63
Kona returns to his weakened brother.
Notes: This episode contains mostly straightforward vocabulary and grammar.
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Episode 64
A nervous Kona finds himself once again on the way to the vet.
Notes: This episode contains a usage notes on two verbs, plus a discussion about the "I wish it were so!" use of noni.
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Episode 65
The vet shares his diagnosis.
Notes: This episode contains a breakdown of a word that can mean "twelve years (younger, older, etc.)" as well as "one size (bigger, smaller, etc.)."
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Episode 66
As the doctor gives his recommendations, Kona learns more about what goes on at the veterinarian clinic.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the -naosu suffix for redoing things.
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Episode 67
Ken makes a generous offer.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a use of kimochi that ties in to a discussion from earlier in the series.
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Episode 68
Kona's brother looks to the future.
Notes: This episode breaks down several senses of the word ikura demo, showing how it eventually comes to mean "as much as you want."
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Episode 69
Kona shares some of the rules governing life at the shrine.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern for listing rules and regulations, as well as one on a prefix that means "instant," which can also function as an adverb.
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Episode 70
Kona shares his observations from the newly reorganized temple.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to use a word that means "appropriate," a discussion of the expression wake ga nai, and more.
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