Kiki-Mimi Radio

A chance discovery of a curious radio leads to unexpected consequences in this modern retelling of a Japanese classic.

In the Easier editions, we've worked to constrain the grammar to a modest set of basic patterns, and at only 27 episodes, this series should feel approachable for people who are just getting started reading real Japanese stories.

Those who are more advanced (or those who have graduated from the Easier editions) will enjoy the Harder editions, which include more challenging grammar and vocabulary, as well as Harder-only extended notes.

We hope you enjoy this story.

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Episode 1
A nearby park provides the perfect venue for the narrator's daily routine.
Notes: This episode contains notes on the difference between two words related to going out for a walk, as well as two words for "many."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 14727
Harder (SFX) Unread 3983
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 2469
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 1734
Episode 2
The narrator takes a look around a market event going on in the park.
Notes: This episode contains several examples of a special pattern for naming examples, and a note that breaks it down.
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Harder (SFX) Unread 1739
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 768
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 679
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Episode 3
The narrator happens on an interesting item as she looks around one of the tents.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a common word that can be used to say a device or machine "runs" or "works."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 2756
Harder (SFX) Unread 912
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 387
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 371
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Episode 4
A mysterious old man talks to the woman about the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on the the use of alternate kanji for common words, plus one that looks at the difference between hontou ni and hontou wa.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 1489
Harder (SFX) Unread 587
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 214
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 249
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Episode 5
As the narrator enjoys her new radio, a small hiccup occurs.
Notes: This episode contains two notes on wa being used for special effect, and a breakdown of a sentence containing degree-marking gurai.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 1148
Harder (SFX) Unread 547
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 183
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 203
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Episode 6
The woman wonders about a strange setting on the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a pattern that means "to go to do something" in the sense of just beginning to undertake the action, another one on a word that means "if I recall correctly," and more.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 991
Harder (SFX) Unread 490
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 174
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 181
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Episode 7
The new setting seems somehow connected to an interesting radio program.
Notes: This episode contains great demonstrations of the word yappari, as well as the pattern of asking yourself a question, to which the implied answer is "yes."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 929
Harder (SFX) Unread 444
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 157
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 175
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Episode 8
The woman notices something strange while listening to the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on an expression that means "there's no way," as well as one on the use of the word yoku to express amazement.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 817
Harder (SFX) Unread 423
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 148
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 166
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Episode 9
The woman begins to doubt her sanity as the scene becomes more and more peculiar.
Notes: This episode contains lots of fun vocabulary and expressions.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 762
Harder (SFX) Unread 393
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 142
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 157
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Episode 10
Newcomers to the scene further surprise the woman.
Notes: This episode contains several lengthy notes, including one on the so-called "suffering passive," and one on an expression that means "just when I thought..."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 724
Harder (SFX) Unread 372
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 137
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 151
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Episode 11
The woman tests a hypothesis.
Notes: This episode contains a note that looks at the difference between two verbs for animal vocalization, and another that breaks down a tricky sentence.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 845
Harder (SFX) Unread 378
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 119
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 146
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Episode 12
The woman searches out another opportunity to test the radio.
Notes: This episode contains a note on why and when you must use the "seeming" -sou suffix.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 664
Harder (SFX) Unread 348
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 112
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 138
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Episode 13
The radio leads the woman to an amphibian in distress.
Notes: This episode contains a discussion of a pair of verbs that mean "to help."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 739
Harder (SFX) Unread 343
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 111
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 144
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Episode 14
The woman reflects on what the old man might have meant when he sold her the radio.
Notes: This episode contains dramatic vocabulary, like the words for "betray" and "misuse."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 665
Harder (SFX) Unread 323
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 103
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 129
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Episode 15
The narrator describes where she lives.
Notes: This episode contains pleasant vocabulary like "gently sloping," as well as interesting notes, such as one on a common pattern for describing locations.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 701
Harder (SFX) Unread 326
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 103
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 126
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Episode 16
The woman gets to work on her idea to bring more birds to her yard.
Notes: This episode contains a review of the -te kuru pattern to speak of going out to perform a task before returning, and a use of chotto to mean "hey!"
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 572
Harder (SFX) Unread 300
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 95
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 114
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Episode 17
The woman senses something is not right during her morning jog.
Notes: This episode contains a note on a special use of oboeru.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 643
Harder (SFX) Unread 308
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 94
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 112
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Episode 18
An overheard conversation between two crows, and their subsequent announcement, sheds light on what is going on.
Notes: This episode contains a cheerful word for "sun," a note on a common speech abbreviation, a note explaining why there can be different ways to write the same verb, and more.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 531
Harder (SFX) Unread 290
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 83
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 102
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Episode 19
A congregation of birds causes wonderment near where the woman works.
Notes: This episode contains notes on a way to consider a hypothetical scenario, an explanation of the word toriaezu, and the meaning of the word yo after a question.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 628
Harder (SFX) Unread 283
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 81
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 106
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Episode 20
The man wonders aloud about his dog's behavior, as the woman offers a suggestion.
Notes: This episode contains several notes about small points of grammar.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 501
Harder (SFX) Unread 279
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 86
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 101
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Episode 21
The woman ponders what she knows and what she can do.
Notes: This episode contains a note on how to give short ranges like "two or three minutes" or "five or six people" in Japanese.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 576
Harder (SFX) Unread 276
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 87
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 106
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Episode 22
The morning turns tumultuous as the event the animals spoke about appears to arrive.
Notes: This episode contains a detailed note on a word that means "to settle back down into an orderly state."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 452
Harder (SFX) Unread 261
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 92
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 110
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Episode 23
Sensing danger and realizing she has an opportunity to help, the woman springs to action.
Notes: This episode offers several interesting notes, including one on the often-misunderstood word tekitou.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 509
Harder (SFX) Unread 252
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 90
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 95
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Episode 24
Everyone looks anxiously to the sea.
Notes: This episode contains a note that considers different ways to speak of playing a message, as well as one that contrasts two suffixes that mean "several" and "many."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 427
Harder (SFX) Unread 248
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 85
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 102
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Episode 25
The woman and her coworkers look on in disbelief as nature trifles with the town.
Notes: This heart-pounding episode contains dramatic vocabulary and expressions, such as dokoro ka, "far from (one thing), (something else way larger)."
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Easier (SFX) Unread 492
Harder (SFX) Unread 230
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 77
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 94
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Episode 26
The mayor talks to the woman about her actions on that day.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two common words that might feel tricky.
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Easier (SFX) Unread 394
Harder (SFX) Unread 230
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 76
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 84
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Episode 27
The conclusion to Kiki-Mimi Rajio.
Notes: This episode contains notes on two useful patterns.
Editions Status Total Readers
Easier (SFX) Unread 502
Harder (SFX) Unread 228
Easier (Voice Only) Unread 80
Harder (Voice Only) Unread 84