The Jam Maker

Satoko lives a quiet life, enjoying her garden and boutique jam-making operation. A positive person by nature, she has accepted her sometimes challenging circumstances and is at peace. Certain things in life are simply not for her, she reasons. But an encounter with a neighbor boy one day begins to change both of their lives in ways big and small. A heartwarming, real-world story about connection and growth, told in very approachable Japanese. (Ongoing, 60 episodes)

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Episode 1
As the narrator awakes, she is surrounded by a symphony of sensations.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means a sensation is spontaneously perceptible, one on a suffix that means "freshly (baked, etc.)," and more.
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Episode 2
As the narrator starts her day, we learn a little more about her life.
Notes: This episode contains lots of useful kitchen vocabulary, plus several extended grammar notes.
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Episode 3
The narrator lets us in on what makes her jam so special.
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary, like the names of various plants and herbs, as well as helpful notes that explain how to use the word nado and the difference between two words that mean "faint."
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Episode 4
Her preparations complete, the narrator settles in for a luxurious morning moment.
Notes: This episode contains notes that explore the differences between two pairs of common words, plus one that breaks down an important pattern for saying "as much as" with hodo.
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With Sound Effects Unread 514
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Episode 5
The narrator begins to plan her day as she eats.
Notes: This episode contains a note that looks at a special word with a funny reading, one that considers how to create ranges like "four or five," and one that discusses a standard pattern for linking mimetic words into sentences.
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Episode 6
The narrator meets the owner of the bicycle.
Notes: This episode, the first from this series to contain dialogue, contains a note on a common feminine speech trait.
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With Sound Effects Unread 280
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Episode 7
The boy introduces himself, and the narrator fills us in more on her background.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a common abbreviation for saying you must do something, as well as an explanation of "in that state" mama.
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With Sound Effects Unread 227
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Episode 8
The narrator explains more about how her condition was first discovered.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a simple word that means "result," but which can also function as a conjunction, a use of the particle ni to mean "because of," and more.
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With Sound Effects Unread 139
Voice Only Unread 28