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!
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!