神去なあなあ夜話 Informal Reading Club 🌲🌙

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神去なあなあ夜話 | L33 (learnnatively.com)

This is the sequel to 神去なあなあ日常 | L33 (learnnatively.com)
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Japanese blurb

三重県の山奥、神去(かむさり)村に放りこまれて一年が経った。最初はいやでたまらなかった田舎暮らしにも慣れ、いつのまにか林業にも夢中になっちゃった平野勇気、二十歳。村の起源にまつわる言い伝えや、村人たちの生活、かつて起こった事件、そしてそして、気になる直紀さんとの恋の行方などを、勇気がぐいぐい書き綴る。人気作『神去なあなあ日常』の後日譚。みんなたち、待たせたな!

English blurb

It’s been a year since Yuki Hirano left home—or more precisely, was booted from it—to study forestry in the remote mountain village of Kamusari. Being a woodsman is not the future he imagined, but his name means “courage,” and Yuki hopes to live up to it. He’s adapting to his job and learning constantly. In between, he records local legends—tales pulsing with life, passion, and wondrous gods. Kamusari has other charms as well. One of them is Nao.

Yuki’s crush on the only other young single person in the village isn’t a secret. Yet how impressed can she be with someone at least five years younger who makes less money and doesn’t even own a car? More daunting, she’s in love with another man. Finally finding his place among the villagers, a feeling deepened by his crush, Yuki seems headed for a dream life of adventure and camaraderie—and Nao could be the missing piece of that dream.

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I tried to start today… I had actually been looking forward to it for the past week or so, but gave up after about three pages. Too tired. Might not have that much time this week, but very likely on the weekend.

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Haha, I also tried to start today and read about three pages, then things kept getting in the way! :joy: It’s okay, three pages is still a start.

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Yes, it is.
:grin: :+1:

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I read the first chapter today. We’re reintroduced to everyone, and get to hear the village’s origin legend. Must have been at least a little embarrassing for Yuuki :grin: although he is quite thick skinned. Not much seems to have changed so far other than Santa’s age.

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I have not finished the chapter yet so I will read the spoiler later. :grin:

What I find very helpful is that the characters are being introduced again and that I get a reminder on how the names are pronounced. Really helpful.

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Finished Chapter 1 today.

In the beginning, I thought, well, I am actually not that much into fairy-tales, but the second part of her narration got me. Sad, yes, but bitter-sweet. “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved before” type of story, isn’t it. Makes me very curious what will happen to Yuuki and Naoki now!

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Oh. I didnt take it as foreshadowing. Interesting :thinking: I thought the moral, at least according to the locals, was that you need to find “the one” to have good sex :rofl:

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Oh, sorry. My post was misleading.

I did not take it as foreshadowing either. The story made Yuuki think of Naoki, so I assume we will be reading more of the two in the next story (and the title suggests that, too). I hope it will be a happy ending when it comes to them. :smiling_face:

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I have finished reading chapter 2 and chapter 3 - and enjoyed them a lot. Especially chapter 2 and the latter half of chapter 3.

Spoiler chapter 2:

I was relieved that we - as I had hoped for - left the 昔話 of chapter 1 (although it had been better than I first thought) and got back to the present day. The relationship between Yuuki and Naoki starts to develop (yes! :smiling_face: :clap:).
What I had not expected was that we would get to know how Miki and Yoki got to be a couple. I was quite (pleasantly) surprised to read how that came about. Might be misunderstanding things here, but opposed to the first book where I felt more pity for Miki because she has to put up with Yoki’s “behaviour” when it comes to female company, it feels much more now as if they are on roughly equal terms. She knew exactly what she was in for and still tried to make it happen, right? :laughing:

Spoiler chapter 3:

Started off a bit slow, but he is invited to Naoki’s home for the first time (:tada:) for a cup of tea and a bit of background information on his boss. The latter half ended with such a cliff-hanger that I would like to keep reading into chapter 4 now if I had enough time. What the hell happened in that remote village in the past? Scary…!! :anguished:

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I also read chapter 2. Somehow I had thought that Miki and Yoki had naturally ended up together after spending all their life together growing up, but not so apparently. And yes, there is much better balance between them now that we know. I guess at some point we’ll also learn how Yoki lost his parents, and why there aren’t many elderly people in the village? I assume it must have something to do with the dangers of forestry work, plus their horribly dangerous festivals. Sometimes I think it’s a wonder anyone survives in this village at all. And by the way, will we get to see the forest again, or will the book be about everyone’s love life only?

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