Book Review, Fiction, N5

[N5] ジョンさん日本へ

This is the first book about John-san in Japan by Kawamoto Kazuko. This part has two chapters - one about his arrival in Japan and one about a visit to the Kabuki theatre. I especially liked the characters John-san and Yuki in this book and how they were illustrated by Miyakawa Satoko. Their interactions remain… Continue reading [N5] ジョンさん日本へ

Book Review, fairy tale, Fiction, N5

[N5] うらしま たろう

Urashima Tarō is a Japanese folklore character. He rescues a turtle and rides on its back to the bottom of the sea, where the beautiful ocean princess Otohime is waiting for him. This retelling for N5 has rather short sentences, but includes some more unusual words. At about 5 sentences per page, it is also… Continue reading [N5] うらしま たろう

Book Review, fairy tale, Fiction, N3

[N3] かぐや姫(ひめ)

This version of the fairy tale of Princess Kaguya for learners with N3 abilities was written by Takahashi Sōko for a graded reader series by ask and NPO Tagengo Tadoku. I've introduced it already during the #letsreadkaguyahime reading challenge. Kaguya is found inside fresh cut bamboo as a child and grows up to become a… Continue reading [N3] かぐや姫(ひめ)

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

Advice, Blog

Graded readers for Japanese – where to start

Graded readers are shorter books written intended for those who are still studying the language. Vocabulary, grammar and length are therefore specifically chosen for the respective reading level. If you have already learned a second language in school, you will certainly remember reading them in class. While there are many graded readers for languages like… Continue reading Graded readers for Japanese – where to start

Book Review, Fiction, N3

[N3] 注文(ちゅうもん)の多い料理店(りょうりてん)

Two hunters come across a restaurant in the forest. A sign on the door announces: This restaurant has many orders. With every door they pass through and every room they enter, the two slowly get an inkling of what this might mean... "The Restaurant of Many Orders" is a short story by Miyazawa Kenji from… Continue reading [N3] 注文(ちゅうもん)の多い料理店(りょうりてん)