Japanese reading report

This week I finally finished 三日間の幸福.

I’ve heard great things about this book but honestly, I have no idea why it’s so popular. I started reading it in the hopes of getting a tear-jerker, but aside from the last three pages I had literally no emotional response whatsoever.

If there was one point I felt was worthwhile, it would be the idea that “the value of one’s life is based on the happiness they can experience, and the happiness they can bring to others”. I do think this is a good perspective to have (if a bit self-evident). But the protagonist is such a complete moron; his relationship with Miyagi is far too convenient; the story is full of pointless moments… overall it just left with just a bad taste in my mouth.

If the value of one’s life is really tied to their happiness, I’ve definitely lost value by reading this book. Absolutely not worth my time.

I watched Asakusa Kid, the movie about Beat Takeshi’s history with manzai. Can’t say I understood even half of what they were saying but I enjoyed myself.

Finally found myself in the mood to read manga again. I read GANTZ vol. 26. Things are getting pretty bad as we get closer to the end of the story.