Book Review, N5, Non-Fiction

[N5] どん、どん、どん

donburi is the Japanese name for a large bowl of rice where the main dish (e.g. meat or fish) is served on top. Depending on these other ingredients on top of the rice, those dishes are called different names, but all of them end in ~どん. This text written by Kondo Maiko at the Japan… Continue reading [N5] どん、どん、どん

Book Review, N4, Non-Fiction

[N4] お弁当(べんとう)って面白い

This non-fiction text by McPherson Tanaka Naemi is about bento - what types of bento there are, when the food culture around it emerged and how the discussions around it are also socially linked. This was very interesting to read! The reflections on social issues around bento were particularly interesting for me and I was… Continue reading [N4] お弁当(べんとう)って面白い

Book Review, Fiction, N3

[N3] ふしぎ駄菓子屋(だがしや)銭天堂(ぜにてんどう)

This children's book by Hiroshima Reiko is about a magical candy shop that seems to pop up whenever a little magic is needed in the lives of their future customers. From young to old, poor to rich, the customers either find their fortune here or an important lesson in their lives. Each of the 6… Continue reading [N3] ふしぎ駄菓子屋(だがしや)銭天堂(ぜにてんどう)

Book Review, N4, Non-Fiction

[N4] 原宿(はらじゅく)のクレープ店

Around the street Takeshita Doori in Harajuku there are several popular crêpe stands, that made the area famous for this tasty treat. This article on provides a closer look at 3 of these shops and describes the crêpes you can buy there. Unfortunately, I'm not one for that much whipped cream, but Harajuku crepes… Continue reading [N4] 原宿(はらじゅく)のクレープ店

Book Review, N3, Non-Fiction

[N3] しいたけ

This text explains, from the perspective of an exchange student from Kenya, how a mushroom farm works and why there are so many of them in Ōita Prefecture. It was written by 渡辺わたなべ若菜わかな for the 「大分おおいた発はつわくわく読よみものをつくる会かい」and published as a level 3 story on the NPO Tagengo Tadoku's free graded reader site. I liked how this… Continue reading [N3] しいたけ

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, 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, N5, Non-Fiction

[N5] 日本に行きました

This report on a trip to Japan takes you to Osaka, Shizuoka and Tokio. It was written by Tabata-Sandom Mitsue for the website Yomimono Ippai. Besides the locations in the cities, you will learn a lot about Japanese food in here. You will encounter names of dishes and some places where food can be ordered.… Continue reading [N5] 日本に行きました