Learn Japanese with Anime: “Tamayura: Hitotose” (Beginner Level)


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In contrast to the short episode 1 episode 15 minutes from the previous anime "Tamayura", the 2nd movie "Tamayura: hitotose" is a regular anime episode 1 episode 30 minutes long. Busy modern people will be healed by the time that flows slowly in a very calm daily life in this Anime. Don't think hard and just touch the pure heart of Worldview and Characters.

  • Story/Worldview 75 %
  • Character 60 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 60 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 65 %
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1. Information

Title (Eng)Tamayura: Hitotose
Title (Jpn)たまゆら ~hitotose~
Aired Year2011
GenresSlice of life
SequelTamayura: More Aggressive



2. Synopsis

As a little girl, Fuu Sawatari’s father taught her to love photography. They took pictures everywhere they went. But after he passed away, seeing those photographs only served as a reminder of her loss, so she locked them away to be forgotten. Years later, her brother Kou finds their father’s picture album, and as he flips through its pages, the pictures remind Fuu of all the happy memories of her father that she will carry with her forever.

Now, as the shy Fuu enters her first year of high school, she once again takes up her father’s old camera, determined to take wonderful pictures that will bring joy and happiness to others.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/10232/Tamayura__Hitotose?q=TAMAYURA%20


3. Character’s Way of Speaking

Sawatari Fuu always says, “xxx なので”. “”xxx なので” is a polite way of saying why. She also usually uses honorific words such as “xxx です” and “xxx ます” in her lines, but when she tells the audience about her narration and feelings, she uses “xxx だ” and “xxx である” tones. Because she speaks politely, she is a character I recommend for both listening and emulating Japanese.

anawa Kaoru speaks in a dependable older sister’s tone: “xxx の” and “xxx ぞ”. She also uses a joked tone of expression, “xxx したのだよ”. She is a character that I would like to recommend emulating to female Japanese learners who are confident that they are solid.

“xxx よ” Sakurada Maon says in the tone of a quiet girl. He is a man of few words and often whistles instead of words.

Yakusa Chimo speaks to customers in simple honorific expressions such as “です” and “ます” at the end. She talks to Kaede and others in the gentle female tone of “xxx ね”. She sometimes speaks in Hiroshima dialect. If you are an Intermediate learner of Japanese, you should try to distinguish between honorific language, standard language and dialects.

Dougou Kazutarou often speaks in assertive or imperative tones, such as “xxx ぞ” or “xxx しろ”. Also, he sometimes makes fun of people by making funny jokes. Even if you can’t understand his funny gag, it doesn’t affect your Japanese learning. Let’s make a splendid pass.



4. Terms and Talking Contents

In this animation, the story advances mainly on daily conversation with family and high school students. Words related to Kaede’s favorite camera also appear in the conversation. Basically, however, there are many terms commonly used in daily life, such as “気遣う” (きづかう, concern), “呼び捨て” (よびすて, allusion) and “実家” (じっか, parents’ house).



5. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

90% of the conversations at the center of the story are in plain Japanese and there is no slang at all. Since the difficult terms occurrence rate is as low as 2.3 terms/episode, Beginner’s Japanese learners can concentrate on listening practice without worry. I want you to pay attention to the fact that the four main characters use simple honorific expressions toward adults and listen carefully. It is best to use the honorific, humble, and polite words separately, but if you use honorific words at the same level as them, it is enough for Beginner to pass.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 2.3 terms/episode

= 27 / 12

Difficulty Level8th grade

= Middle School

Total Difficulty Score18.4 points= 2.3 * 8
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 


The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=27 terms)
1ふわふわなふわふわなlightly (floating, drifting, etc.); buoyantly
2きずかう気遣うto worry about (someone’s welfare or comfort)
3わるだくみ悪巧みwiles; sinister design; trick
4とりいる取り入るto make up to; to curry favour
5よくばり欲張りgreed; avarice; covetousness
6よびすて呼び捨てaddressing (someone) without using an honorific title
7しこみ仕込みstocking up; preparation 
8ひきょう秘境unexplored region; one of the most secluded regions
9ろうどく朗読reading aloud; recitation
10かろうし過労死karoshi; death from overwork​
11ひしゃたい被写体(photographic) subject​
12ししょく試食sampling food​
13しこむ仕込むto stock; to prepare
14しらをきるシラを切るto feign ignorance; to pretend to be ignorant of; to play innocent
15じっか実家(one’s parents’) home​
16しおのかおり潮の香りsmell of the tide
17おかみ女将proprietress (of a traditional Japanese inn or restaurant)
18ひかりもの光り物sliced fish with the silver skin left on (iwashi, aji, sayori, etc.)​
19いたばさみ板挟みbeing stuck between a rock and a hard place; being in a dilemma
20おもてなしhospitality; reception; treatment 
21みこむ見込むto anticipate; to estimate; to expect​
22がんかけ願掛けmaking a prayer (to a god or Buddha)​
23とうろう灯籠garden lantern; hanging lantern​
24いそうろう居候lodger who pays nothing for room and board; freeloade
25せきらら赤裸々naked; nude​
26せいきょう盛況success; prosperity; boom​
27きぐう奇遇unexpected meeting; coincidence​



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