Oku-Nikkou

What secrets await deep in the beautiful and mysterious mountains of Inner Nikkou? A story you will never forget.

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The narrator remembers a moment with his grandparents.
Notes: This episode contains a few challenging words, such as one that means "the basin of a waterfall," and several place names that will likely be unfamiliar. But hang in there! The first few pages of a new story are always the most challenging and this one is worth it.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.4(125 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.5(42 votes)
Serene Lake Yunoko provides a beautiful place for a walk -- but is a change in the air?
Notes: This episode contains a note on the pattern ka to omottara and as well as a review of the phrase maru de.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.3(55 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.6(23 votes)
Pro
The narrator explains an annual routine.
Notes: This episode demonstrates how to use made ni after a verb, as well as a special use of the word sae.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.0(22 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.2(17 votes)
Pro
The narrator gives more details about his living situation.
Notes: This episode contains a reminder about the tari pattern, as well as a note regarding an interesting aspect of this story's narration style.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.2(20 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.4(12 votes)
Pro
Yuuta describes his daily life in Tokyo.
Notes: This episode contains interesting notes, such as one on the pattern for invoking a higher power.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 2.8(17 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.0(10 votes)
Pro
Yuuta reflects on the differences between his life in Tokyo and his summers in Oku-Nikkou.
Notes: This episode contains fun vocabulary, such as a word that means "a treat" or "a reward," plus a pattern for saying that someone does something "secretly" or "covertly," and more.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.1(14 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.4(11 votes)
Pro
Yuuta describes a particularly exciting part of his routine at the hot springs hotel.
Notes: This episode showcases fun vocabulary like words that mean "to cast aside," and "thrill," plus a note on a special use of to to emphasize the trifling quality of an amount.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.1(17 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.3(8 votes)
Pro
Yuuta's attention is arrested by a scene outside the hotel.
Notes: This episode is packed with interesting vocabulary, such as an expression that means "to have one's eyes glued to something," as well as several interesting notes.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 3.1(13 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.3(6 votes)
Pro
The courtyard becomes the scene for a memorable moment.
Notes: This exciting episode also contains great vocabulary and notes, such as a pattern that means "as if / as though," and a note on the difference between two readings of δΈ­.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 2.8(11 votes)
Voice Only Unread 3.0(3 votes)
Pro
What starts as an unfamiliar sound comes to have a special meaning for Yuuta.
Notes: This episode contains great cultural elements as well as a breakdown of a sentence that stops and starts several times from different angles.
Editions Status Difficulty
With Sound Effects Unread 2.7(10 votes)
Voice Only Unread 2.9(3 votes)