Study & Culture Books

Study & Culture Books

  • Bokutachi no Dagashi
    Take a trip down memory lane with this book featuring dagashi or cheap Japanese snacks. The book is divided into three sections including the history of dagashi and how the name was coined, an encyclopedia of all the long running dagashi snacks starting from the '50s up to the '70s and beyond, and last is the future of dagashi and where it's headed. Fans of the dagashi kashi anime will appreciate this book and even recognize some of the dagashi featured. 124 pages.
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    $18.50
  • 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanese Speakers in Regular Conversation
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials to help those who want to learn Japanese. Here is a new textbook for you to level up your Japanese. 180 Common Expressions Used by Native Japanse. The book will further improve your Japanese with frequently used expressions, along with explanations and similar expressions in English, which is good to deepen your understanding of the language. The book includes romaji, that is, Romanized Japanese text as well as the original hiragana, katakana and kanji, to help you read. Includes an audio CD inside the book.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Four character idiom
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for). A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Idiom Derived From Historical Events
    In Japanese, there are many phrases made up of four Chinese characters, which communicate interesting meanings and look aesthetically beautiful. Here's a calendar of "four letter Japanese words" (similar to the bizarre Japanese T-shirts J-List is famous for) taken from historical events. A fun way to learn some Japanese if you've already got a base established. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • 2018 Calendar - Japanese Common Sense
    Another interesting Japanese study calendar, great desktop presents useful Japanese phrases that are meant to increase your vocabulary and make your spoken and written Japanese more interesting. Plus it's just fun to learn these off the wall words. Characters come with hiragana for each reading.
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    $25.00
  • New Complete Master   Grammar JLPT N2
    As of 2010, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) has been changed creating 5 different levels of proficiency. Now designated as N5 (beginning) - N1 (fluent) test levels, students everywhere work to take advantage of this new accommodation. For those taking the test here's another text book study guide to add to your library in your efforts for Japanese fluency. This book focuses on the N2 Level (Upper-Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you master N2 level grammar. The basic exercise include sentences with missing words that you are required to fill up. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT, so all information is relevant to the modern test. This being an N2 level book, furigana pronunciation guides are printed over the more difficult kanji to help improve your recognition and make it easier for you to understand. 190+ pages.
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    $18.00
  • Nihongo Koredake! 1   The Only Book You Need
    This is a great new Japanese textbook series called Nihongo Koredake (The Only Book You Need for Learning Japanese), which is a great place to start learning Japanese. Vol. 1 in Japanese, and features romaji (Romanized Japanese) for people who can't yet read the hiragana, katakana and kanji. Parts of the books also explain in Korean and Chinese, but not all. The book is organized into logical chapters, like around town, parts of the body, relationships, and the pictures make everything fun and easy to learn. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N4-N5
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N4-N5 test (the easiest levels), and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N1
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N1 test (the hardest level), and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Gude Neko -- Lazy Cat Collection
    You would be surprised at how cute these cats are, captured on film while doing what cats do best sleeping or lazing off. Enjoy adorable cat pictures with different types of breeds while sleeping or laying around with their smug faces. 80 pages of nothing but kawaii Japanese cats for you look at. The Japanese title consists of gude, meaning "lazy" and neko meaning "cat." Recommended for cat lovers.
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    $12.85
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N2
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N2 test, and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Genki I (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 1 Workbook
    One of the questions we get asked at J-List a lot is, "I want to start learning Japanese, what book do you recommend?" Most textbooks are entirely dry, uninteresting, and cannot follow a student's pace, leaving students frustrated. However, a new series by The Japan Times has recently taken Japanese language for foreigners by storm, and comes highly recommended by anyone who has taken it -- Genki, An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. The entire course has 23 lessons, guiding the student from the beginning until the student has mastered elementary grammar and can read not only hiragana and katakana but over 300 of the most commonly used kanji as well.Each lesson has: 1) a dialogue introducing vocabulary and grammar in a situation the student may find familiar; 2) a list of the vocabulary with hiragana, katakana, kanji and English meaning; 3) grammar with full explanations in English; 4) interesting usage notes; 5) several pages of practice questions designed to be fun and interesting incorporating dialogue skills, writing skills, and thinking skills; 6) additional vocabulary. Each lesson also has a complementary lesson in hiragana/katakana/kanji, with reading and writing exercises. The separate workbook has more writing exercises and kanji writing practice. This is simply the recommended textbook for anyone beginning Japanese up to 3rd level in the JLPT.THIS BOOK: This is the workbook complementing textbook I. Each lesson follows what has been learned in the corresponding lesson in the textbook, with written exercises to test comprehension of grammar and vocabulary (approximately 6-8 pages of material per lesson). A separate kanji section is included, with space to practice writing kanji (or make copies so you can practice more), and questions to test kanji knowledge with meanings and readings of the kanji. A perfect complement to the textbook and an excellent way to practice and test what has been learned. 7" x 10" (18 x 25.5 cm) 136 pages, card cover perfect bound. A supplemental CD-Rom w/ MP3 lessons (not available from previous edition) is also included to help you on your way to Japanese language proficiency. The Genki Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Series:Genki I (Lessons #1‾12): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Genki II (Lessons #13‾23): Textbook - Companion Workbook - Click here to see all the items we carry from the Genki Integrated Japanese series. A great bilingual textbook for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $20.00
  • New Nihongo 500 Questions - N3
    If you want to learn Japanese, J-List can help! This is a new series of Japanese study books which help you prepare for the JLPT with 500 helpful questions to solve. It's a great way to quiz yourself and study! It's great because English translation (and Chinese, and Korean) is included for you. This book is for students wanting to pass the level N3 test, and it covers tons of grammar, correct word usage and reading of kanji.
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    $20.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn TEXTBOOK
    A great new book from the creators of the Genki textbook series! This book will introduce you to the first 512 kanji you will need to know to start your way onto Japanese fluency, in an easy to understand illustration and mnemonic learning style. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 244 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $24.00
  • Hiragana Times Sep 2017 NO. 371
    Hiragana Times is a highly recommended monthly publication that combines useful current events with learning the Japanese language. A monthly magazine that features articles both in English and in Japanese, complete with furigana pronunciation, to help learners who haven't mastered kanji yet. Filled with tons of cultural articles that make you think relating to current events, interviews with famous Japanese celebrities, Japanese pop culture, travel, and even articles written by readers themselves who wish to share their own personal experience within the Japanese culture. All articles in English and Japanese, with furigana (hiragana above the kanji) for easier reading. In this issue: Issue #371 features an article on a facility where you can experience VR, the beauty of "Wabi-Sabi" aesthetic, recreations of dishes from comics and animation, a group that combines Western and Japanese performance arts, plus various Japanese study topics. It's great!
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    $6.25
  • Osomatsu-Kun Best Collection - Tatsumi English Comics
    This is a wonderful Osomatsu-kun manga in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Osomatsu-san. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $12.00
  • Moekana 2nd Edition   Learn Hiragana with Mirai-chan
    The Goodsmile Company teams up with Danny Choo and Culture Japan to bring you this series of moe moe flash cards to help you memorize your hiragana alphabet. Each of the cards features a hiragana character, a simple vocab word to help you remember it, and a kawaii illustration starring one or more of Culture Japan's adorable mascot characters - Mirai Suenaga, Haruka Suenaga, and Kanata Hoshikawa. What a great way to study Japanese! cat1a
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    $14.00
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 5
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 5 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm).
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    $9.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 8
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 8 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm). Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $9.50
  • Doraemon Bilingual Comic vol. 10
    Doraemon is possibly the most beloved character in all of manga and anime, the anime has been watched for generations and the manga loved by young and old alike. Here is a three volume set about the famous cat-shaped robot, republishing the first Doraemon comics from 1974, in a bilingual format, perfect for students of Japanese as well as fans of Doraemon. The original artwork is preserved in right-to-left format, with English written in the dialogue balloons and the Japanese written outside the panel. Sound effects have Japanese-English translation as well. These books are great for not only learning Japanese but make great reading, these comics are as funny today as they were 30 years ago and offer an interesting peek into Japanese culture. Volume 10 of the series is 160 pages, size is 4 3/4" x 7 1/4". (12 x 18.7 cm). Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $9.50
  • Kanji Practice Flashcards Vol. 3 - For Level N1 Test   White Rabbit
    Mastering Japanese kanji is essential to success in learning the Japanese language. Learning kanji is not only important to be able to read and write the Japanese language, but it is also important in order to proceed to advance levels of study. The reason why is that you will have great difficultly finding upper level textbooks and other courseware that continue to use romaji and kana to indicate the readings of kanji. White Rabbit Press' top-selling Japanese Kanji Flashcards have helped thousands of Japanese language learners, in as many as 23 countries, master Japanese kanji. For just a few cents per card, our meticulously designed and researched cards save you countless hours by bringing together all the information you need to master Japanese kanji in a convenient flashcard format to make study and drills as efficient as possible. Each White Rabbit Press kanji flashcard includes six commonly used kanji compounds -- that's more than any other product -- because we believe that the essence of a kanji is best grasped by understanding the meanings it forms when combined with other characters. Our cards also include the kanji's on and kun readings, stroke order diagrams, look-alike kanji, the reading of each example word in kana scripts with definitions in English, and more. Additionally, White Rabbit Press kanji cards are the only kanji cards on the market that provide complete preparation for the kanji portion of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Quality Construction Cards are poker-size, 3.5" x 2.5" (8.89 cm x 6.35 cm), printed on UV coated card stock with rounded-corners for increased durability. Color-Coded 903 Level N1 cards printed in purple ink A consolidated yomi and stroke order index is included which covers all the cards in both Volume 1 and 2 flashcard sets. Box: Dimensions (in inches) 8.25 x 6 x 2.75
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    $64.00
  • Minna No Nihongo II Beginner   Bunkei Renshucho
    Looking for a great book to study Japanese? Look no further, J-List is happy to provide the Minna no Nihongo books for people who want to study the Japanese language. Minna no Nihongo is a popular and comprehensive series of book that's used by many Japanese language schools in Japan and other countries. This is the Bunkei Renshuu Grammar Trial Book Beginner II textbook that will help you practice your grammar. This is the 2nd edition of Minna no Nihongo Bunkei Renshuu Grammar Trial Book Beginner II. Over 200 pages.
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    $16.50
  • Intermediate KANJI BOOK vol.2
    For those learning intermediate Kanji, it could be quite difficult as there are so many characters that one might not know where to start. This book aims to teach you 1000 intermediate Kanji that are used in everyday life. It has everything you need to learn such as the On & Kun readings, order strokes, reading & writing exercises and more. After finishing this book, you will be able to read and write 1000 intermediate Kanji. A must have for those studying Japanese. This is volume 2. cat1a
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    $49.00
  • The Illustrated Ninja Handbook
    In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says: "If you know the enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles." Welcome to the secret world of the ninja master! The Illustrated Ninja Handbook is your ultimate guide to the esoteric knowledge and teachings of the ancient Japanese ninja masters. It provides ninjutsu devotees with the first detailed understanding of this shadowy and mysterious martial art form. This handbook contains step-by-step instructions that allow you to master the 40 most devastating ninja fighting techniques. It was created with the blessing of legendary ninjutsu master Soke Masaaki Hatsumi, who taught for many generations in the Bujinkan Schoolgenerally recognized as the leading ninjutsu school in the world. The Bujinkan Dojo encompasses nine separate ryu-ha or martial arts schools that are based in Japan and headed by Hatsumi. Bujinkan ninjas use both armed and unarmed fighting techniques, with weapons such as swords, bamboo shinai, and staffs. They also learn to defend themselves unarmed against weapons attacks. Author Remigiusz Borda studied and taught Bujinkan ninjutsu for many decades, and in this book presents the unique system created by Masaaki Hatsumithe 34th Grandmaster and head of the Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu lineage. The Illustrated Ninja Handbook is based on hundreds of years of actual ninja combat experience and contains the traditional knowledge of the legendary Shinobi warrior clan who were instrumental in helping found the Tokugawa Shogunate.
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    $16.95
  • Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches To Go
    Everyday Bento Lunches to Go will teach you dozens of simple techniques anyone can master to make creative lunches for themselves and their families. The 50 bento meals in this book feature familiar foods that can be found in most grocery stores around the country, and the fun themes will appeal to children and adults alike. Follow the step-by-step instructions to recreate each bento box in your own kitchen, or pick and choose the versatile techniques from different parts of the book to make your own unique creations for a delicious every day treat.
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    $14.95
  • Kansai Cool
    The western region of Japan is known as Kansai, centering around the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and the sprawling, modern port cities of Osaka and Kobe. Kansai is Japan's "second region" after Tokyoand is at once home to Japan's most traditional cultural centers and its most modern culture. From the ancient beliefs of Kyoto to the contemporary otaku or "geek" culture of manga, anime, costume play, robots and video games, readers will see how cultures collide in:The needs of the spirit: Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. The arts: dance, painting, anime and martial combat. The relationship between hi-tech and old-tech: bikes and robots. Fashion trends: from exquisite kimonos to hip haute couture. The meaning of landscape: man-made islands and the mystical power of water. In this unique collection of 25 essays, Whelan dives beneath the surface of Japan to let readers experience how art, science, faith and history mesh in the Kansai region to produce a singular wellspring of traditional and modern Japanese culture.
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    $15.95
  • New Complete Master   Reading JLPT N2
    As of 2010, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) has been changed creating 5 different levels of proficiency. Now designated as N5 (beginning) - N1 (fluent) test levels, students everywhere work to take advantage of this new accommodation. For those taking the test here's another text book study guide to add to your library in your efforts for Japanese fluency. This book focuses on the N2 Level (Upper-Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you improve your reading comprehension. The basic exercise include a paragraph/passage to read which include various questions that you are required answer. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT, so all information is relevant to the modern test. This being an N2 level book, furigana pronunciation guides are printed over the more difficult kanji to help improve your recognition and make it easier for you to understand. 190+ pages.
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    $18.00
  • Ghost in the Shell 2 - Man Machine Interface Bilingual Manga
    A new edition and new translation of the sequel to the classic Ghost in the Shell manga, this is Man Machine Interface as you've never seen it before. Read along with the original Masamune Shirow text and brilliant action-packed manga imagery as he explores the ramifications of the cyberpunk genre first raised in the original GitS -- now with Japanese and English side by side so you can tackle some of the most challenging passages with ease. Presented in a sleek complete volume at B6 size and translated by Frederick Schodt, this is an essential addition to the complete collection of any Ghost in the Shell fan.
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    $30.00
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N3   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N3
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N3 test.
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    $9.50
  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2   Nihongo Nouryoku Shiken JLPT N2
    Focuses on each aspect of the JLPT test: moji (characters), goi (vocabulary), bunnpou (grammar), chyoukai(listening comprehension), dokkai(reading comprehension). With drills, practice tests, a CD full of listening drills and just general good advice, you'll be one step closer to passing the JLPT. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT (N), so all the information is relevant to the modern test. This book focuses on the JLPT N2 test.
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    $9.50
  • Genki 2 (Second Edition) Workbook   An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2 Workbook
    The Genki Japanese textbooks series is the most successful Japanese study textbook series in the world because it gives the best results, and with the new second edition, the series is even better! This is the Genki II Second Edition workbook, which accompanies the textbook and provides practice lessons for each chapter. Lessons include answering questions in Japanese, translating sentences and words used in that chapter, practicing kanji multiple times to get them down, practicing writing of polite (exalting and humble) Japanese and more. Comes with an MP3 CD of additional listening exercises for you to try too. 130 pages.
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    $20.00
  • Genki Plus: Kanji Look and Learn  Workbook
    A very handy workbook for the new Genki Plus kanji study system. Each section is divided into 16 kanji to learn, split into subsections of 8 kanji each. With a total of 32 different lessons to work through, this is an excellent guide that will help you get your foot in the door of mastering one of the most difficult written languages in the world. 178 pages. From The Japan Times.
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    $16.00
  • Tokyo On Foot
    Florent Chavouet, a young graphic artist, spent six months exploring Tokyo while his girlfriend interned at a company there. Each day he would set forth, with a pouch full of colored pencils and a sketchpad, to visit different neighborhoods. This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures, a gritty, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives. Realistically rendered city views or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig and a Godzilla statue in a local park. With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the colored pencils of his kit, Florent Chavouet sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city.
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  • Japan Atlas   A Bilingual Guide
    This atlas, the only one of its kind to provide place-names in both English and Japanese, is an invaluable tool for foreign residents of Japan, and an indispensable, handy companion for travelers. The atlas features: 21 large-scale maps of the regions of Japan compiled using digital satellite images, including Greater Tokyo and the Kanto area, the Greater Osaka Area, and almost all of the officially registered Japanese cities, towns and villages. There have been major changes in recent years, following a government policy to have many cities, towns and villages merge. This atlas includes all the changes. 19 maps of major metropolitan areas, from Naha in Okinawa to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Nagoya, Tsukuba, Sapporo, and many others. 7 maps featuring notable tourist and resort areas, including Fuji-Hakone-Izu, Nara, Kamakura, Nikko, etc.8 transportation maps, including road and intercity railway maps, Tokyo and Osaka subway and rail maps, and even major domestic airline routes. 7 thematic maps, indicating natural parks, world heritage, special historic spots, Ramsar convention entry areas, ceramic kiln areas, and more. You shouldn't visit Japan without it!
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    $19.95
  • New Complete Master   Reading (Dokkai) JLPT N3
    Here's a great book for anyone wanting to seriously study Japanese, and take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). This new series from S.A. Network is full updated to the most modern test, including the new N5 through N1 leveling system. This book focuses on the N3 Level (Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your dokkai (reading comprehension), with specific kanji and vocabulary that will be on the test. It's organized into two sections, general reading and understanding, plus actual sample test questions. 270 pages total.
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    $19.50
  • New Complete Master   Vocabulary (Goi) JLPT N2
    As of 2010, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) has been changed creating 5 different levels of proficiency. Now designated as N5 (beginning) - N1 (fluent) test levels, students everywhere work to take advantage of this new accommodation. For those taking the test here's another text book study guide to add to your library in your efforts for Japanese fluency. This book focuses on the N2 Level (Upper-Intermediate level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your vocabulary. The basic exercise include sentences with missing words that you are required to fill up. This book series was updated for the newest edition of the JLPT, so all information is relevant to the modern test. This being an N2 level book, furigana pronunciation guides are printed over the more difficult kanji to help improve your recognition and make it easier for you to understand. 190+ pages.
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    $18.00