Sakura and Suzuki's Long Distance Relationship

When Suzuki's work suddenly takes him to Okinawa, his budding relationship with Sakura is tested.

Told in very short episodes that feature informal Japanese and lots of helpful notes, the Easier editions of this series make a great first step for new readers. (43 episodes)

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Sakura talks about her hope to visit Suzuki over the upcoming Golden Week vacation.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 12077
Harder Unread 6543
Suzuki describes his daily life in Okinawa.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 7211
Harder Unread 4473
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Plans for the Okinawa trip begin to firm up as Sakura spots a deal at the local travel agency.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 4041
Harder Unread 2200
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Suzuki looks forward to Sakura's visit.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 1965
Harder Unread 1267
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Sakura announces that she has bought tickets…and presents Suzuki with a difficult decision.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 1576
Harder Unread 1123
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Excited about Sakura's upcoming visit, Suzuki suggests a side trip.
Notes: This article features communication that you might see between peers in a close relationship, including mostly informal verbs, dropped particles, incomplete sentences, intimate forms of address, and so on.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 1154
Harder Unread 878
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Sakura gets to the bottom of the sudden increase in airfare.
Notes: This article features great expressions, such as "to feel cheered up," "to be sold out," and "to rip off."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 1051
Harder Unread 815
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Suzuki asks about Sakura's work situation...and betrays a bit of insecurity about the architects she works with.
Notes: This episode contains fun colloquial expressions such as "hitting on" someone romantically.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 972
Harder Unread 781
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Sakura eases Suzuki's mind and provides more details about her day-to-day work environment.
Notes: This episode has lots of great vocabulary and grammar patterns, such as words for "inviting" someone out on a date, working hard "on" something, and using the -te form to provide a reason.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 916
Harder Unread 736
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Suzuki learns that he may have underestimated Sakura's professional talents.
Notes: This episode contains important grammar, including the tricky but very useful 'wake,' and lots of great vocab.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 848
Harder Unread 692
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Sakura explains more about her responsibilities at work.
Notes: This episode contains excellent vocabulary, including a word you might hear as a fight is brewing.
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Easier Unread 813
Harder Unread 667
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Suzuki feels a little left behind but is reinvigorated by Sakura's coming visit.
Notes: This article contains good notes, including an explanation of the use of na as a masculine-sounding replacement for ne.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 791
Harder Unread 660
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Sakura looks forward to experiencing Okinawan food.
Notes: This article includes notes about how the verb chigau works and the use of hairu to mean "to fit."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 743
Harder Unread 638
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Suzuki reacts to Sakura's choice of swimwear and reflects on the moment when they began their long-distance relationship.
Notes: This article contains good vocabulary and an example of the -te form linking cause and effect.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 749
Harder Unread 643
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Sakura shares her experience of the moment the two last saw each other.
Notes: This episode contains notes on interesting grammar points, such as the use of blunt-form questions in musing or realizing to oneself.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 688
Harder Unread 611
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Suzuki remembers saying goodbye to Sakura at the airport.
Notes: This episode contains examples of a more colloquial equivalent of the negative -te form, and an expression that means "to feel (a certain way)" or "to have (a certain kind of) experience."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 667
Harder Unread 588
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Sakura reminds Suzuki of her martial arts prowess.
Notes: This shorter episode nevertheless contains great vocab related to judo, as well as some interesting expressions such as "to make a move" on someone, and "to have a bad time."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 630
Harder Unread 572
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Suzuki jokes about needing to be careful around Sakura.
Notes: This shorter episode is packed with interesting vocab and grammar. Be sure to check out both editions for notes on wake, -kke, and more.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 617
Harder Unread 569
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Sakura reports on her research into sightseeing in Okinawa.
Notes: This episode contains great conversational devices, like use of tte koto to summarize, and a reminder on how the word mitai ("seeming like") works.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 597
Harder Unread 552
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Suzuki reflects on his experiences swimming in the Okinawan sea.
Notes: This episode contains examples of the -te yokatta pattern, which indicates happiness or relief over something that has happened, and the -te oku pattern, which means "to do something in advance; to do in preparation."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 587
Harder Unread 536
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The trip fast approaching, Sakura considers what to bring.
Notes: This episode contains a use of sae that means "if only" or "as long as."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 540
Harder Unread 501
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Suzuki muses about a key difference between Sakura and himself.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as a common colloquial term used by men for their mothers, and a discussion of a use of rashii.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 527
Harder Unread 484
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Sakura reacts to a weather-related development.
Notes: This episode contains lots of great vocab and cultural notes.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 509
Harder Unread 470
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Suzuki shares a reason for optimism about the typhoon.
Notes: This episode contains fun vocabulary, such as words for a man or woman who can make their own good weather, as well as extended annotations explaining useful patterns and expressions.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 491
Harder Unread 457
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Sakura wonders what to do about the typhoon.
Notes: This episode contains more fun vocabulary, such as one of the opposites of the "sunny guy/girl" words from the last episode, plus useful notes, such as one on the word umai.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 485
Harder Unread 460
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The weather looks up as Suzuki prepares for Sakura's arrival.
Notes: This episode contains a long note about the masculine sentence enders zo and ze.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 487
Harder Unread 444
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Things are looking up as Sakura's departure date arrives.
Notes: This episode contains good practice at describing an itinerary, plus notes on the banzai cheer and an expression that means "it's hard to believe."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 475
Harder Unread 432
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Suzuki requests a souvenir.
Notes: This episode contains a fun backstory about a popular airport souvenir, as well as a cultural note about an aspect of humility in Japan.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 481
Harder Unread 425
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A minor setback happens as Sakura heads to the airport.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary, such as the word for "traffic jam," plus interesting grammar and cultural notes.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 459
Harder Unread 421
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Suzuki recalls his first meeting with Sakura's mother.
Notes: This episode contains a nice review of the "trying to remember" suffix -kke, as well as an approach for responding to the Japanese anti-brag.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 445
Harder Unread 416
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Sakura arrives at the airport.
Notes: This episode contains useful vocabulary such as the words for "being on time" for something, a "line" that one would wait in, and "check-in."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 431
Harder Unread 434
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Suzuki relates an embarrassing episode from this morning.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the words meshi and kuu which are rough-sounding variants of more polite words.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 417
Harder Unread 417
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Sakura recalls a related episode from earlier in their relationship.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary, such as words for "uncool," "inside-out," and perhaps a new way to say "funny."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 410
Harder Unread 411
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Suzuki shares his recollection of the shirt incident.
Notes: This episode contains useful words like "to turn inside out," as well as (in the Harder edition) a suffix that means that the verb is performed "with wild abandon."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 408
Harder Unread 409
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Sakura remembers the waiter's reaction.
Notes: This episode contains a fun expression that derives from manga/anime and means "to be astounded."
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Easier Unread 399
Harder Unread 405
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As Sakura prepares to board, Suzuki thinks of the perfect analogy to his and Sakura's upcoming reunion.
Notes: This episode contains a nice note about a summer festival in Japan and related vocabulary.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 397
Harder Unread 401
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Another small hiccup has Sakura wondering if the universe is trying to pester her.
Notes: This short episode nonetheless contains several interesting words and notes.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 391
Harder Unread 395
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Suzuki reacts the only way one can when confronted by Sakura's amazing spate of bad luck.
Notes: This episode contains a fun way to say that someone looks or acts "like someone else entirely."
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 386
Harder Unread 395
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Sakura reports some good news.
Notes: This episode contains an example of datte for reporting hearsay and an extended explanation of it.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 386
Harder Unread 389
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Suzuki sends a message that he expects Sakura will see after arriving in Naha.
Notes: This episode contains a sentence that demonstrates the -te kara pattern combined with the no that stands in for a person, place, thing, time, or reason, along with a breakdown of the grammar in play.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 377
Harder Unread 375
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Sakura texts from the luggage pickup area of Naha Airport.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a very useful word, shidai, in the Harder edition.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 449
Harder Unread 402
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Suzuki arrives at the airport.
Notes: This episode contains an example of a mostly self-directed question and a discussion of how and when to use such questions.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 390
Harder Unread 379
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At long last, Sakura and Suzuki are reunited.
Notes: This episode contains great vocabulary and interesting notes, as always.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier Unread 430
Harder Unread 400