Bookshelf Tour 2018 Part 1 || Vlogmas Day 8 || Always Doing


Hey there, Kazen here, and welcome back to Always Doing. [♪♪] As you can probably tell today is not going to be my usual kind of video. For one I’m not sitting in my chair, because today I would like to show
you my bookshelf. And my bookshelf actually isn’t in this room. So this is
my room and so here is my reading chair and then there’s my futon over there and then over here we have the window and my desk. I’ve just been watching Kendra
Winchester. And then we have, in one of my other videos you may have seen my wall
of postcards. And the door. So there’s no bookshelf in here. There is a reason for
that. It’s because I live in Japan, and there are earthquakes. And being killed
by a bookshelf is romantic, but I would still rather not die. So it’s not in here.
It is- we go through this door. Ta-da! Our bookshelf! Now, some of this is not mine so I won’t be showing you absolutely
everything. We’re gonna go through and take a look at what I have here and how
I have it organized. The shelf itself is from Nitori which is basically like
Japanese IKEA. And what I love about it is that these cross shelves are all
completely adjustable. When people have those shelves, especially, what is it, the
IKEA Billy book shelves where everything just goes across in straight lines? That annoys me, seeing a whole room like that. It’s just not my style. I would much rather have this – everything a little
different. This one here is a supporting shelf. It’s set, so we can’t move that one. But the rest of these I can move at whim. And I have none of them on the same
horizontal level. That’s just a me thing. So anyway. So the left-hand side on the top,
so one, two, three, four. These are my husband’s shelves so we’re just gonna
leave them as they are, and we’ll start right here at the middle top. This is my
Japanese TBR. The books that I either haven’t read at all or there are some
that I started like Um… the doctor… not the doctor. The Teacher’s Briefcase, I think is
the English title? By Kawakami Hiromi. I started it and her writing was very
beautiful, and a little bit too much for me at the time so I just set that aside.
You will notice that a lot of these books have covers. When you buy a
physical book in Japan from a book store they very often give you a cover to put
on it. So here’s the name of the bookstore. Some of them are ones that I
made myself. Like I found some pretty paper and so I made them. And this is so
when you’re on the train and reading your book no one can, like, get up all in
your business and try to wonder what you’re reading. It’s covered. Whatever. I’m
hoping to talk about Japanese reading culture and the reading life in Japan in
a set of videos in the future but for now, now you know a lot of books – book
covers. And here we h ave my two back up? e-readers. My Paperwhite, which
is ancient, and my Kobo that I use when I need it. So those are there as well. How shall
we do this… shall we go down to the middle? Yeah, let’s do that. So next… so
these are my more recent reads in physical form.
I read all these this year and as I finish a new one I just put it on top, or
if I pull out to talk to somebody about it or whatever and then just put it on
top when I’m done. And if you’ve been watching my channel you’ll see that
there are reviews for all of these. This was in one of my first wrap ups, London
War Notes. So there’s that. Next is my tchotchke shelf. And these are really nice
postcards here, and they also do posters and all other kinds of stuff that have
literary quotes. So this one has a Virginia Woolf quote on it. There we go. And I’m into fountain pens so I have some of my most used inks here, and some
pens that are empty right now but are the next ones to be filled if I need
another color. And, okay, so… You know those egg machines? At least I called them egg machines back home. Japan loves them. They’re called “gacha gacha”s, and they sell
a little bit of everything. And there’s one that sells post office themed stuff,
which I just think is amazing. And so this one, I think it was like three bucks
to get the egg thing, and it was going to be one of six or seven different kinds
of post boxes that were, some are historical, and some are more modern. And
I got the more modern one. But, I mean, it even opens up, and even the little flaps,
like, they actually move, and I had little stickers to put on and everything… anyway.
That’s back here, as well. Tchotchke shelf. And if we go down a bit more, these are
older physical reads that I have. I read the John Adams letters in a year.
I did a thing where I read so many pages a day to get through those. That was
really interesting. And some other ones that I ended up finding in physical
form *for one reason or another. All right, let’s go back up to the top, to
the right a little bit. This is my physical TBR. And you saw some of these in
my “it would be nice to read that” video. And these are the rest of them. These are
all the ones that I’m hoping to get to sooner rather than later. I don’t think
you can see… oh! In the back we have some Montaigne as well as a, what is it, the Library
of America version of Jefferson’s writings. As complete as they can get it,
basically. I tried to read that in a year and I got a bit of the way through, but I
had to bail at one point. So those are things I’m hoping to read, finish reading,
same thing with Montaigne, actually, at one point. But for my physical books I
only allow myself to buy enough that would fit on this shelf. So I have a
little room now. It would be nice if I could finish Kushiel’s Dart and also
ditto with the London Belongs to Me, because that would free up a lot of
space. But those two [in the back] I’ve already given them their shot so I’m not going to have
them count against this space. And there’s room back there, so why not put them back
there? Up here you can see 虹色デイズ。 This is a book that needs to go to
the used book store to sell back, and this is where those will be stacked
until there’s enough to make it worth going. All right. So we have box of random
stuff, and here we have my mixed shelf. This is なぜ?どうして?books. These I use for
work. I talked a little bit about them in a recent video, but they’re a cat nurse –
there – that talks to nursing students about how to do certain things and
different diseases and stuff. And so I use those to study. And I have, it’s not a
full set because some of them I didn’t need. I don’t need to know the
fundamentals of nursing, I need to know more stuff that’s about diseases. So
that’s why I have these. In two different editions I was so [annoyed sound] I wanted the set to
match but, oh well. These are manga that I need to read. Again with the covers you
can see the different bookstores that I bought them at. And this one’s my
creation. A lot of these are medical if I remember correctly… aha! Yes. This is
Fragile. I’m not gonna be able to do this one-handed, hold on. This is Fragile and if I
remember correctly it’s about a diagnostician who is kind of… I forgot if he’s morose, he’s not morose, but he’s kind of a scary dude.
But he’s able to figure out what diseases you have, if I remember
correctly. I have to read that. Let’s see what this one is. Aha! Anesthesiologist… …oh it’s written right there in English. There we go. There we go. Anesthesiologist Hana. And so she is a first year, I don’t remember if
she’s a first year resident or first year, full-fledged doctor, and it’s her
adventures in anesthesiology. Whoa. That’s a shot. Go down one. There’s only a half full shelf. This is my reference shelf. So this is a dictionary that I had to buy
for interpreting school and it’s just a whole list of current terms in English
and Japanese. And they’re split up by genre, so they’ll have all the banking
terms together, and all the sports terms together, and all of the, you know,
anything related to the UN is all in one section, that sort of stuff. And then I
have my dictionaries of grammar. These are amazing if you are studying- I don’t
know if any of you guys care about the Japanese stuff, but if you guys are
studying Japanese this is a wonderful set that explains grammar in English in
an easy-to-understand way with lots and lots of examples. There’s a basic one as
well that’s yellow, but I don’t have that one. These were huge when I was studying
for the JLPT, the 日本語能力試験、 and… yeah. I still use these as
reference. In the back here is the graveyard of dust jackets.
Let’s see. Yep, pretty bad. So because it takes me a while to read books in
Japanese I like to put these plastic covers on top of the paper cover just so
it lasts a little longer. And sometimes in order to do that I actually need to cut
a tiny tiny piece of the paper cover off or lose the dust jacket or something. So
this is all of that stuff here. You know what, I think I may stop here, because it’s going to take at least as long to get through the rest of my
bookshelf, and *I don’t want to keep you all here for too long.
It’s Vlogmas after all. So thank you for watching, subscribe if you’re new and
come back tomorrow to see the rest of the bookshelf. Take care. Bye! [♪♪]
Thank you for watching! I’m glad I filmed the bookshelf tour today – that alcove doesn’t have any heat, and it’s only getting colder out! ~shiver~

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7 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour 2018 Part 1 || Vlogmas Day 8 || Always Doing”

  1. Diverse Reading says:

    I love those jackets for reading privacy, I wish they were more of a thing here! I would love to see a video someday about the reading culture where you live.

  2. Jo Smith says:

    A wardrobe of books! I second the desire for a video on Japanese reading culture and love the idea of those privacy covers- my assumption is that the Japanese are even more private than the English but I have little to base that on 😊. So funny that there is medical manga, anesthesiologist Hana looks a little scary! Such restraint with the physical TBR, great idea to have a limit, now if only I could implement it….. 😊

  3. Amy Zirkle says:


    Thank you.

  4. AnneEFoster says:

    I found How To Read A Book really interesting; looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it once you’ve read it.

  5. BriKie says:

    I’m super interested in hearing about Japanese culture and your experiences living there!

    My brother taught English in China for several years and I loved hearing about his experiences too. He now works for an import company in the US where he still uses Mandarin.

  6. BookCave says:

    I loved this little look into you're life/reading space and omg I cracked up so hard at the ghost Kazen in the reading chair.
    Eagerly anticipating (but absolutely no pressure of course) your  Japanese reading culture video!

  7. Bookie Charm says:

    Ooh I love the adjustable shelves! I giggled at your graveyard of book covers. Thanks for sharing a bit of the behind the scenes area you film in too!

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