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読解. Help with reading passages in Japanese and understanding their meaning.

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Understanding どうしたら

On the 100th anniversary of the first anime 東京国立近代美術館フィルムセンター said: どうしたらこのアニメがこれから100年残っていくか考えてほしいと思います ??? We want you think about how these anime will be here 100 years from now. My ...
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Undertstanding 88歳の草間彌生さんは水玉の絵などが有名な芸術家で

88歳の草間彌生さんは水玉の絵などが有名な芸術家で、世界でも人気があります。 88 year old 草間彌生さん ??? and is popular even in (the rest of) the world. I'm having problems parsing the first clause. 草間彌生さんは有名な芸術家で 草間彌生 is a famous ...
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Towards a better understanding of など

Three sentences from the same news article on NHK 'Easy News': 子どもたちは幼稚園の中にいたため、けがなどはありませんでした。 Becuase the children were in the nursery they weren't injured or anything しかし、門の近くには、...
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What does 斜めに流すこと mean?

I have problems with understanding a particular line from a Japanese novel and need some help. The scene is about a little girl practicing her sword skills with her father. Just before the line I had ...
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I don't understand the usage of で in this sentance

This is from the headline of a news article in NHK News Easy. 日本の人口が減る 赤ちゃんが今まで「で」いちばん少ない Can someone explain this one to me? Thanks!
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Understanding 77の海岸のうち60%で、

そして、調べた77の海岸のうち60%で、砂が全部なくなる可能性があることがわかりました。 In 60% of the 77 coasts investigated, it is understood that there is a possibility that all the sand will be lost. I'm a bit confused by the ...
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breakdown of 誰もが納得するかたちで

勝ち取るしかないのだ。誰もが納得するかたちで。 I don't remember what the context is but i assume the speaker has to win. Because I have to win, anyone would understand (what i'm trying to do here) ? what exactly is かたちで? ...
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use of ときては in this sentence

context is about drugging someone up to get them to more lively again for sexual purposes やがて反応が磨耗し、クスリを用いて復調したと思ったら明後日の方向に電波を飛ばしまくりときては、単に溜まったから排泄するという感覚の方が近くなる。 before long her responses became ...
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ほど translation in this sentence

How to translate this ストレスの多い人ほどよく夢を見る ? Could someone give me full translation of this whole question ? I currently understand that ほど in this context is used to show an extent but I can't translate ...
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What does 「中」 mean in 「そう危険なものではなかった中、彼の姿は。。。」

The following excerpt comes from this news article: http://news.livedoor.com/article/detail/11944976/ 隣のビルとの隙間はそう危険なものではなかった中、彼の姿は一瞬にしてビルの谷間に消え、しかも地面を強打する衝撃音が発生することはなかったのだ。 What is 中 doing here? ...
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Confusing use of とたん in 「来たとたん何か用かよ」

The speaker is experiencing unusual levels of politeness after visiting the house of a relative who wants them to do a favour (he didn't visit with the knowledge that she wants a favour): 「...
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Understanding じゃから

Can somebody please help me understand the following sentence: なにをするにも、「おそい」ということはないのじゃから。 I am having trouble with the part that I've bolded (じゃから). I think so far that it means "What ever you ...
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Meaning of 運命とはわからない

まる子のタコ風船は、七夕飾りのとがった部分にさわってしまい、ものすごい音ではぜてしまったのだから運命とはわからない。 Maruko's octopus balloon ended up touching a sharp part of a Tanabata decoration and burst with a tremendous sound, so ???? I'm confused ...
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How is 懐く read in this case?

I came across this word in a manga page, on the top right speech bubble. I'm not sure whether this Kanji should be read as なつく or いだく. Moreover, neither of the readings make too much sense to me, ...
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Interpretation of 糧に次から

恋愛も勉強もトライ&エラー。 やってみて失敗し、その教訓を糧に次からまた行動する。 そういう意味では俺も亜子も、今まで恋愛に消極的に生きてきたのはちょっとばかし損だったんじゃないのか。 まあそんな風に周囲から思われたとしても、そこは不思議じゃないかもしれない。 Context: mom giving screwed up love/sex "lesson" to ...
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Understanding この年にして in this sentence

Grandad has just promised something he is unlikely to be able to fulfil. He then thinks to himself: 「いざとなったときもし逃げたりしたらわしゃこの年にして裏切り者のウソつき者じゃ。どうなるかわからんことまで言うもんじゃないのう。」 If push came to shove and I ...
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Dissecting the sentence 自分がそうなってみて、実感としてそう感じる。

This serves as a follow up question related to this, with a focus on the last paragraph. Again, here's the passage: 物体は激しく動けば、それだけ摩擦が大きくなる。人間だって、激しく動くと熱を持つのだ。端から見れば、輝いている人間のことが、きっと羨ましく見えるのだろう。 だけど、...
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Understanding 北野武 「全思考」

I was reading an excerpt from this book and it read something like this: 物体は激しく動けば、それだけ摩擦が大きくなる。人間だって、激しく動くと熱を持つのだ。端から見れば、輝いている人間のことが、きっと羨ましく見えるのだろう。 だけど、輝いている本人は熱くてたまらないのだ。(中略) これは真面目に、けっこう辛いことなのだ。 ...
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Understanding のひとつぐらい in this context

Another question on my favourite hole. An opportunist has offered to buy the hole and rebuild the shrine for the villagers: 村長が答えるさきに、村の者たちが、 「本当かい。それならもっと村の近くがいい。」 「穴のひとつぐらい、あげますよ。」 ...
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interpreting 私の生徒会に欲しいって会った時から言ってる

MC bumps into the new 生徒会長 after her opening ceremony speech. MC and her are friends since the start of the last school year, but the reader doesn't know what happened between them previous year ...
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住所を読む時、なんで「の」って言うの?

日本人じゃないけど日本語で書こうと思いました。 この答のコメント欄にこう書いてあります: の is commonly used in reading an address (住所{じゅうしょ}) such as いち-の-に-の-さん for 東京都千代田区内幸町1-2-3 確かにそうです。私も読む時にも、空で読むときにも、「の」と言います。日本人の皆さんが言うんだけど、...
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Subject confusion or mistranslation of 無難

A scientist is investigating a mysterious hole in the ground. His experiments have failed and I think he's a bit sulky. He then says: 「埋めてしまいなさい」 Fill it in. Then the narration goes: わからないことは、...
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なにかなのだろう parsing and meaning

In a short story I found a sentence I'm having difficulties understand no matter how I look at it or how I try to parse it: これは、心の病かもしれない、と思い、私と母はやがてじょじょにだが公にする祝い事をとりやめていった。...
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Help identifying a Kanji character from image

I've been struggling to identify this Kanji for 30 minutes now. Tried looking up radicals, stroke order, etc. but can't figure it out. More context:
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Interpreting 下手に俺を残して手柄を奪われても困ると判断した in this context

The MC/魔術者 found out that their army was headed towards a trap/ambush and informed in commander about it. The MC proposed that the solution was to turn backwards/retreat and take out all the enemies ...
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Meaning of "verb phrase-ところが、person-にはある"

無茶苦茶ではあるが、そう言いたくなってしまうところが、丸尾君にはある。 It is indeed absurd but/and Maruo has reached the point where he wants to say so. I can't understand the structure of this sentence. Nor am I sure I've ...
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Meaning of まで in 地下3階まであります

東京都多摩市で26日午後2時ごろ、つくっているビルが火事になって、5人が亡くなりました。ビルは3階建てで、地下3階まであります。 Around 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the 26th in 多摩市 5 people died when a building which was under construction caught fire. It's a ...
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Use of 以上 and 以下 with negative numbers

On the temperature in eastern Russia: 気温がいつもの年より10℃以上低い-50℃以上になっている所がたくさんあります。 There are many places that have reached less than -50℃, which is 10℃ lower than usual years. Firstly, I was ...
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Meaning of わりィ in this sentence

わりィのはその関口って奴じゃねぇか。 I'm guessing that this って is という rather than は. So I get something like It's that idiot Sekiguchi isn't it? I can't even begin to guess at what the わりィ part is though.
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Meaning of らしたのじゃありません?

Prior to this sentence, Kawashima was talking about jumping from the school's roof with Obata-sensei; aftwerwards, another teacher is speaking with Obata, and says: 小幡先生はひょっとして、...
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Understanding もういいかげん、このままならずに済む

The family is talking about getting appendicitis. Grandad says: 「わしもこの年になってもならなかったんじゃ。もういいかげん、このままならずに済むじゃろ。」 I also couldn't help getting it this year. ????? I'm a bit stuck on the rest. I think ...
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What does なってる mean?

Can anyone tell me what this means? The only definition I could find was "summer vacation" which made no sense in the context. This is what's on ether side of it: これ完全にマウン卜ポジシヨンになってるから!
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