To the moon and back and second hand books

Bloom and Curll bookshop, Bristol

Bloom and Curll bookshop, Bristol

Thank you Lilla Duignan at seeingthings for your inspiring blog post last week including a link to Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project via Brain Pickings. Over the weekend I made a trip to a few second hand bookshops in Bristol. The last shop I popped into was Bloom and Curll who's shelves were filled with delightful books beautifully arranged in colourful patterns. Jason had just received a huge pile of books about Japan, particularly Kyoto and quite a few children's stories written in Japanese and English. So here's my contribution to a kind of - sort of- sorted books!

Japanese books from Bloom and Curll

Japanese books from Bloom and Curll

Perfect timing to stumble upon these books as I have been slowly learning Kanji for a few months now and have predicted, from how long it has taken me so far, it will be at least 6 or 7 years to complete the online course! And that's just Kanji with a bit of vocabulary. (It's supposed to take about 1 or 2 years.) These books might help to speed things up as I've imagined half way through the course I will have forgotten everything from the beginning so it could well be another 6 or 7 years to refresh my memory and then I may have forgotten the second half once I've remembered the first half so another 6 or 7 years on top of that! So in about 20 years (possible light years) I may have grasped a small bit of Kanji and tiny bit of Japanese vocabulary and even made a trip to the moon!

Luke Jerram's Moon at Bristol University

Luke Jerram's Moon at Bristol University