Book Review, fairy tale, N4

[N4] ヘンゼルとグレーテル

The fairy tale "Hänsel und Gretel" is a famous German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm: Siblings Hansel and Gretel are left in the woods by their parents and encounter a wicked witch. This version is a retelling in simple Japanese by the NPO Tagengo Tadoku. I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales as… Continue reading [N4] ヘンゼルとグレーテル

Book Review, N4, Non-Fiction

[N4] 日本のパン屋(や)さん

What kind of baked goods will you find in a Japanese bakery? From anpan and meronpan, to yakisobapan, chokokorone and denisshupan, you're presented with a wide variety of pastries in this text by Nakagoshi Naomi and Asada Kaoru. There are definitely some peculiarities to find in a Japanese bakery. I was surprised at how thick… Continue reading [N4] 日本のパン屋(や)さん

Book Review, Fiction, N4

[N4] 黒コウモリと白コウモリ

Sakasa is a bat with large, black wings, who one day meets Minmi, a bat with smaller white wings. Both of them seem to be completely different from another. But maybe they can still trust and support each other... Sakasa and Minmi This story by Endo Kazuhiko tells a beautiful tale about differences and similarities,… Continue reading [N4] 黒コウモリと白コウモリ

Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N4

[N4] はるちゃんの学校生活(がっこうせいかつ)

Haru experiences a typical day at school. You will accompany her from walking to school, through homeroom, classes and club activities, to finally homework and falling asleep. This short manga was written and illustrated by Yagi Yukari for the Japan Foundation's anime-manga learning site. picture credit: anime-manga.jp This is honestly such a cool project! Every… Continue reading [N4] はるちゃんの学校生活(がっこうせいかつ)

Book Review, N4, Non-Fiction

[N4] 北海道(ほっかいどう)

What do you know about Japan's most northern prefecture Hokkaidō? This little guide by Endo Kazuhiko introduces you to Hokkaidō's landscapes, animals, tourist spots and famous food. I found the grammar points and sentence structures of this text very easy to understand with an N4 reading comprehension, but the vocabulary used is more complex than… Continue reading [N4] 北海道(ほっかいどう)

Book Review, N4, Non-Fiction

[N4] 田んぼの生き物(いきもの)

The author Seto Toshihiko describes in this text his Sunday trip to a rice field with his two children. They are looking for various animals living among the sheafs of rice. I found this description of a Sunday trip very cute. The children obviously love nature and being outside and it was quite adorable being… Continue reading [N4] 田んぼの生き物(いきもの)

Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N4

[N4] 黒子(くろこ)

This is a short manga by Mulan Zhang, a learner of Japanese language and participant of the Smith College Tadoku Project writing workshop. 'Kuroko' is the name of a deceased cat, belonging to protagonist Shinichi. In this story Shinichi visits Kuroko's grave as suddenly, a cat appears from behind the stone that looks exactly like… Continue reading [N4] 黒子(くろこ)