Author: Janet Ashby
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
ISBN: 4770029365
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Read Real Japanese is a Kodansha International publication.

Read Real Japanese Fiction

Author: Michael Emmerich
Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated
ISBN: 1568365292
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Long-awaited by teachers and students, Read Real Japanese Fiction presents short works by six of todays most daring and provocative Japanese writers. The spellbinding world of Hiromi Kawakami; the hair-raising horror of Otsuichi; the haunting, poignant prose of Banana Yoshimoto; even the poetic word-play of Yoko Tawada whatever a readers taste, he or she is sure to find something of interest and value in this book, suitable for students at the intermediate level and above. As in real Japanese novels, the text on each page runs from top to bottom and from right to left. Each double-page spread features translations of all the difficult passages. In the back of the book, moreover, is a built-in Japanese-English learners dictionary and a notes section covering issues of nuance, usage, grammar and culture that come up in each story. Best of all, the books comes with a free audio CD containing narrations of the stories, performed by a professional voice actress.

Read Real Japanese Essays

Author: Janet Ashby
Publisher: Kodansha Amer Incorporated
ISBN: 1568364148
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Foreign Language Study

There is a dramatic difference between reading Japanese that is tailored to students, and reading real Japanese that has been written for native speakers. The concocted variety tends to be insipid, flat, stiff, standardized, completely lacking in exciting and imaginative use of language. Read Real Japanese Essays, and its companion volume Read Real Japanese Fiction, allows readers to experience the work of several of todays foremost writers as if they were lifelong Japanese speakers. The pieces in Read Real Japanese Essays are informed by the personalities of the writers: Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Junko Sakai, Yoko Ogawa, Kou Machida, Keiichiro Hirano and Hideo Levy. By turns humorous, serious, beautiful and biting, they have been selected on the basis of their appeal. All are stimulating works that will motivate readers to want more. Just like real Japanese books, the text in this collection runs from top bottom and from right to left. For those needing backup, the essays have been supplemented with facing-page translations of the phrases used therein, often with notes on nuance, usage, grammar or culture. In the back of the book, moreover, is a built-in Japanese-English learner's dictionary and a notes section covering issues of nuance, usage, grammar and culture that come up in each essay. Best of all, the book comes with a free audio CD containing narrations of the essays, performed by a professional voice actress. This will help users to become familiar with the sounds and rhythms of Japanese, as well as the speed at which the language is normally spoken.

Breaking Into Japanese Literature

Author: Giles Murray
Publisher: Kodansha
ISBN: 1568365896
Release Date: 2018-09-04
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature. Breaking into Japanese Literature features seven graded stories covering a variety of genres: whether it's the spellbinding surrealism of Natsume Soseki's Ten Nights of Dreams, the humor of Akutagawa Ryunosuke's fable of temple life ("The Nose"), or the excitement of his historic thrillers ("In a Grove" and "Rashomon"), you are sure to find a story that appeals to you in this collection. The unique layout -- with the original Japanese story in large print, an easy-to-follow English translation and a custom dictionary -- was created for maximum clarity and ease of use. There's no need to spend time consulting reference books when everything you need to know is right there in front of your nose. To make Japanese literature fun, Breaking into Japanese Literature also has some unique extra features: mini-biographies to tell you about the authors' lives and works, individual story prefaces to alert you to related works of literature or film, and original illustrations to fire your imagination. Best of all, MP3 sound files of all the stories have been made available for FREE on the Internet. Breaking into Japanese Literature provides all the backup you need to break through to a new and undiscovered world -- the world of great Japanese fiction. All the hard work has been taken care of so you can enjoy the pleasures of the mind. Why not take advantage? Learn * 50% of all common-use kanji covered * Kanji entry numbers given for follow-up study * Japanese + English translation + custom dictionary on the same page * Every single kanji word explained Listen * Free download of sound files from the Net Look * Original atmospheric illustrations Link * Original stories for Kurosawa's Rashomon and Dreams All the stories in this book are available on the Internet as MP3 sound files read by professional Japanese actors. For students who want to consolidate their understanding of kanji, the entry numbers for any of the 2,230 characters in The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary have been provided when those characters feature in Breaking into Japanese Literature. This makes cross-referencing a matter of seconds.

Japan Style Sheet

Author: Society of Writers, Editors and Translators, Tokyo
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
ISBN: 9781880656303
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Reference

A Chicago Style Manual-type guide for anyone working on English-language publications about Japan. Primarily for nonspecialists, it also contains advice and lists of resources for translators and researchers.


Author: Kittredge Cherry
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
ISBN: 9781611729191
Release Date: 2016-11-14
Genre: Social Science

"A very graceful, erudite job . . . extraordinarily revealing."—The New York Times Thirty years after its first publication, Womansword remains a timely, provocative work on how words reflect female stereotypes in modern Japan. Short, lively essays offer linguistic, sociological, and historical insight into issues central to the lives of women everywhere: identity, girlhood, marriage, motherhood, work, sexuality, and aging. A new introduction shows how things have—and haven't—changed. Kittredge Cherry studied in Japan and has written about the country for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. She has a journalism degree from University of Iowa.

Author: Giles Murray
Publisher: Kodansha USA Incorporated
ISBN: UCSC:32106018982360
Release Date: 2007-07-25
Genre: Literary Criticism

"Classic tales of ritual suicide, decadence and geisha romance by Japan's greatest 20th-century novelists"--Jacket.

Reading Japanese with a Smile

Author: Tom Gally
ISBN: 499028481X
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Taken from the weekly magazine "Shukan Asahi," these stories are accompanied by an English translation, faithfully done and easy to follow. Included is a short glossary of each word and phrase, a reverse derivation of each declined verb and adjective, detailed notes on vocabulary and grammar, and information and commentary on the cultural background. (Foreign Language-Dictionaries/Phrase Books)

First Japanese Reader for Beginners

Author: Miku Ono
Publisher: Audiolego via PublishDrive
ISBN: PKEY:6610000027170
Release Date: 2017-08-15
Genre: Foreign Language Study

The book consists of Elementary and Pre-intermediate courses with parallel Japanese-English texts. The author maintains learners' motivation with funny stories about real life situations such as meeting people, studying, job searches, working etc. The ALARM method (Approved Learning Automatic Remembering Method) utilize natural human ability to remember words used in texts repeatedly and systematically. The author composed each sentence using only words explained in previous chapters. The second and the following chapters of the Elementary course have only 29 new words each. Audio tracks are available inclusive on

Author: 明彦·米川
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 4770027737
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Foreign Language Study

This text presents an easy-to-use student's reference guide to the most common colloquialisms in the Japanese language. All the entries and sample sentences are presented in romanized Japanese, with English word and phrase equivalents. The perfect guide to speaking real Japanese Beyond Polite Japanese offers more than 500 words and phrases for those who want to take a step beyond Japanese textbooks and speak like a native without spending decades in the country. Many of the entries cover traditional slang, while other entries take up more

Author: Karen Colligan-Taylor
ISBN: STANFORD:36105122863991
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Living Japanese: Diversity in Language and Lifestyles (Ikita Nihongo: samazama na kotoba, samazama na seikatsu) draws students into the lives of thirty-three Japanese from ages seven to seventy-five. As students listen to diverse viewpoints on cultural and social issues, they will develop an extensive vocabulary and become accustomed to natural speech and linguistic differences. The workbook contains a transcription of all interviews, a cultural introduction to each topic, a complete vocabulary list, and grammar explanations. Furigana are provided in the transcriptions and notes to facilitate reading. Discussion questions encourage students to research the topics further, to think about and discuss recurrent themes, to speak or write about the topic in terms of their own culture or experience, and to seek out the views of native speakers. The DVD/workbook will facilitate development of the five major skill areas delineated in the National Standards for Japanese Language Learning. A DVD of spontaneous interviews exploring twenty topics, including: · Family, living environment, household crafts, architecture · Farming for health, eating habits in a fast-paced society · Issues faced by children, working women, and the elderly · Student life; views of marriage among young people · Anime, manga, revival of traditional arts · Ways of viewing and valuing nature, environmental education · Buddhist thought on the interrelatedness of all things · Japanese songs and their context · Childhood memories, including school life during World War II · Linguistic differences, Japanese Sign Language

Learn to Read in Japanese

Author: Roger Lake
ISBN: 0998378704
Release Date: 2016-12-30
Genre: Foreign Language Study

A book intended to help English-speaking students learn to read in Japanese. It includes a Japanese Reader with more than 4,200 authentic Japanese sentences for reading practice. These sentences use only hiragana, katakana and 608 "target" kanji. Romaji and translations are printed in very small text in a column next to the Japanese text.

A Lateral View

Author: Donald Richie
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
ISBN: 9780962813740
Release Date: 1998-07-01
Genre: History

A revealing look at the Japanese through the window of their contemporary culture.

Turtles All the Way Down

Author: John Green
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780525555353
Release Date: 2017-10-10
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

“Wrenching and revelatory.” An instant #1 bestseller, the widely acclaimed Turtles All the Way Down is John Green's brilliant and shattering new novel. “A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” – People Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.