Book Review, Fiction, N2

[N2] 君と花火

Yashiro sits next to new girl Yoshikawa in class and looks forward to seeing her every day. Although he seems to be completely content with their very platonic classroom relationship of him picking up her dropped eraser once and them occasionally doing partner exercises together in class, he eventually asks her out to enjoy the summer festival's fireworks with him...

Book Review, Fiction, N3

[N3] 虹(にじ)の橋(はし)

In "Rainbow Bridge" two girls, Otāchan and Okīchan, go out to collect special shoots near the local lake, which is said to be home to a water god. The rainbow that spans the lake every summer will become an important symbol for the pair.

Book Review, Fiction, N5

[N5] ゆいさんの一日

In this short story we get to know Yui, who hurries to get to her Japanese class on time. Although this little writing project by Elaine Yan is rather short, I believe it's an amazing example how even a short essay for your Japanese class can become a valuable little reading resource for others. With… Continue reading [N5] ゆいさんの一日

Book Review, fairy tale, Fiction, N3

[N3] 親指姫(おやゆびひめ)

Thumbelina is born from a flower her mother received from a witch, but she is no taller than a thumb (jp: 親指(おやゆび))! The animals of the forest are fascinated by her and take her along to live with them. This fairy tale was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen, the famous Danish writer. It was… Continue reading [N3] 親指姫(おやゆびひめ)

Book Review, Fiction, N2

[N2] コーヒーでも飲みながら

By pure chance, Hasegawa comes into possession of a can of coffee one particular morning. Since he has no use for it, he simply gives it away when he has a chance. And that's how his story unfolds. This is a story in which the protagonist gives away his possessions to receive something else in… Continue reading [N2] コーヒーでも飲みながら

Book Review, Fiction, N4

[N4] 桜(さくら)ミステリー

At the end of March, a crime occurs in a public park full of blossoming cherry trees. A woman in a white dress is stabbed. The suspect: a man in black clothes... The Sakura Mystery is a story on Sakura Tadoku Lab by Harada Teruko and with illustrations by Koyama Junko. The story is divided… Continue reading [N4] 桜(さくら)ミステリー