Study & Culture Books

Study & Culture Books

  • HIRAGANA Times Oct 2017
    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 about promoting the spirit of Ninja to the world, the future of the Japanese language and Yamato Kotoba, sightseeing spots still unknown to non-Japanese, a global campaign to promote appreciation of Sake, plus various Japanese study topics. It's great!
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    $6.25
  • 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
  • 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
  • Play with Paper Craft - Kamikara de Asobo
    Japan is home to many arts and craft, one of the more popular categories is the art of origami and paper folding. This is a fun great book for those who are interested in paper craft, with plenty of cute paper characters which are easy to make. There are plenty of template sheets which you can use to create your very own paper character with minimal tools and in-depth instructions and tutorials from Youtube. Plenty of fun for both kids and adults alike.
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    $25.00
  • Hiragana Times Aug 2017 NO. 370
    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 #370 features an article about Kanji created by Japanese people, videos depicting local color are trending, Classical Japanese literature is wonderfully entertaining, discovering parallels with Japanese foods, plus an article about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. It's great!
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    $6.00
  • Hiragana Times July 2017 NO. 369
    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 #369 features an article about the world's largest idol event in Tokyo, experience Sumo wrestling, get a feel for Japan's good old days at Kawaba Village, a system of understanding Kanji, slippers, plus strategies for learning Japanese. It's great!
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    $6.25
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cat's Martial arts - Noraneko Ken
    What if cats could do martial arts? That's the question put by this great new photobook that became a sensation on Twitter, which features pictures of cats doing all the coolest karate, judo, and other movements. The photobook futures hundreds of pictures of cats and awesome fighting stances, ready to unleash a hadouken or two.
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    $19.50
  • Japanese Honorific (Keigo) Training
    Speaking polite Japanese, called Keigo, can be a challenge because you don't always hear the correct Japanese spoken around you. On the other hand, formal and polite Japanese is extremely easy to understand, so studying it in a textbook like this is a good way to give yourself a general leg up. This new textbook mildly polite Japanese as well as true business Japanese. The book is all in Japanese, which is best for forcing you to read and understand in your target language, but there are short notes in English, Mandarin Chinese and Korean to help you out. Includes the audio CD with all lessons on it.
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    $34.00
  • B's LOG Mar 2017
    The definitive magazine for all things fujoshi, B's Log is the first and best source of information for girl gamers and anyone who loves yaoi, BL, and otome games! In this issue: The new issue is filled with information on the newest girl centric anime and games, including Idolish Seven, Touken Ranbu, Utapuri, Idolish Seven, Vitamin Best XYZ, Link-a-Nation and more. The free omake stuff this month include a pull out artbook, a poster and more.
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    $10.00
  • Reading Aloud in Japanese! - Nihongo Ondoku Training
    Here's a new Japanese textbook you get a toehold in learning the language: Reading Allowed in Japanese!. The bok, which is fully bilingual between English and Japanese (both languages are presented in each section) focuses on reading aloud, actually verbalizing Japanese, as a way to learn it. There are four parts, Talking to people Reading about Japan in short essays, Presentations and interviews, and Essays on nature cultural history etc. you learn about Japanese Proverbs, Japanese tongue twisters, some animal sounds, and other fun things. You also get some classical Japanese stories like, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. The book also includes a CD. In Japanese and English, with translations in Chinese and Vietnamese available on the website.
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    $28.00
  • Shitty English -- Kuso Mitaina Eibun
    This is a very strange and very wonderful book that teaches very strange English and Japanese, and was something that exploded on twitter. The book teaches you how to say things like "oh I'm sorry for stepping on your foot! Please do it again, if you could." Or "why are you only wearing underwear? I'm sorry, I'll take them off soon." Or "do you have any qualifications? I wear a size's bra." It's basically the most random way to learn English or Japanese we can think of.
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    $19.00
  • Kanji Tamago - Pre Intermediate
    Do you want to learn Japanese? Well, here's a great place to start, with the Kanji Tamago textbook series by Bonjinsha. it's a great textbook/workbook series that exposes you to kanji and the vocabulary words that you will be using, starting with the numbers 1 through 10, moving on to money, seasons, and the simplest characters, just like Japanese children the book has 15 chapters, and 153 pages. It also comes with a CD, listening lessons. This is the second volume in the series. The book also includes the CD lessons' script and answers. Because the book is entirely in Japanese, it's best used with a native Japanese teacher, or in some other type of structured class.
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    $27.25
  • 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
  • Tsukiji Sushi Guide
    Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market, which supplies Tokyo and the surrounding area with delicious fresh fish, is a major tourist attraction. But even better than the market itself are the shops around it, which sell all manner of incredibly fresh fish, including sushi, sashimi and more. This is a great book that shows you all the shops you need to know about, so you can get the most out of your next visit. In Japanese, but the names of the shops are in English, and there's a helpful guide showing hours each shop is open, whether you need reservations, whether smoking is allowed, etc. which is in English. A full map is also included.
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    $14.00
  • Let's Learn English Again with New Horizon
    Meet your New Horizon with this great book for studying English! A fun book that teaches English for adults who want to study in a fun way as they did while in school. The book teaches English by following interesting characters in a story through the whole book. You can learn English the way the Japanese do, or reverse study it and learn Japanese! Note: this is a companion book to the textbook starring Ellen Baker, but she does not appear in this book.
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    $16.00
  • The Moe Manifesto
    Devoted fans of Japanese anime, manga, and video games use the term moe to refer to the sense of emotional attachment that they develop for their favorite characters. Characters like Suzumiya Haruhi have cult followings, and fans of Hatsune Miku, a "virtual idol," have made her one of the biggest stars in Japan today. Moe is one of the driving forces behind the success of Japanese anime and manga throughout the world. Author Patrick W. Galbraith is the world's leading expert on moe and for this book has interviewed leading figures in the world of Japanese manga and anime to provide the first in-depth survey of the subject. In this book you will learn about the very first moe characters -such as Ayame by Tezuka Osamu- and how they influenced an entire generation of manga artists; what constitutes the ideal moe relationship; and why some fans even marry their fictional sweethearts. With more than 100 illustrations of moe characters old and new, this is a book that is sure to delight fans of manga and anime.
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    $15.95
  • The Way Of The Ninja
    A Ninja was someone whose very existence expressed the spirit of Budo. He would protect himself with techniques not of assassination but rather of sensation and an acute awareness of his natural surroundings. He would avoid unnecessary conflict, and even if armed with a blade, would find a way to win without staining it. These are the true techniques of Ninjutsu, and the art in which Ninja persistently trained.Ninja exercised endurance throughout their secretive lives in order to protect their families, their clans, and their country. Their harsh training endowed them with a tough but pliant spirit, and martial skills suitable for coping with any situation, together with a sense of awareness that had universal application.Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, Ph. D, is the most famous Ninja grandmaster in the world today. In this book, he explains the essence, truth, and wisdom of Ninjutsu, an art of a thousand forms and innumerable variations. Through perceptive observations and many detailed pictures, the author reveals the hidden reality behind this mysterious and fascinating martial art. The Way of the Ninja will help widen readers' perceptions and deepen their understanding of two essential principles. One is that Ninjutsu is the very backbone of the martial arts; the other, that Ninjutsu reveals their true spiritual significance.
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    $35.00
  • Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai
    Based on William Scott Wilson's definitive translation, adapted by scriptwriter and comic book/manga author Sean Wilson, and with lively drawings by well-known illustrator Chie Kutsuwada, this first-ever graphic treatment of what's considered the most influential of all samurai treatises is sure to delight manga fans, martial arts enthusiasts, and students of Japanese culture.Reminiscent of The Arabian Nights in structure, Hagakure is a collection of tales and anecdotes that offer instruction and insight into the philosophy and code of behavior that foster the true spirit of Bushido - the Way of the Warrior. A young, upcoming samurai seeks the advice of an older, seasoned warrior who has become a Zen monk. The ambitious young samurai humbly begs to learn from the old master, who consents. So begins a series of eventful meetings.At each sitting. the master tells his young student tales of samurai past. Tales of famous warriors are recited, as well as ignoble gaffs. With brutal, unrelenting samurai justice, wrongs are righted and judgment is enacted. With each incident, the young novice learns what it means to be a samurai. Learns what courage and right thought are. Learns the harsh realities and subtle wisdom of his age.
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  • Kata: The Key to Understanding and Dealing with the Japanese
    In this first book ever to explain why the Japanese think and behave the way they do, veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente, author of more than 30 books on Japan, unlocks the mystery of kata - the cultural molds that have traditionally shaped and defined the attitudes, behavior, and character of the Japanese and are primarily responsible for the traits and talents that make them different from other people - to explain what makes the Japanese Japanese, and how it effects all their personal, professional, and political affairs! In some 70 brief essays, ranging from the "Art of Bowing" and "Importance of the Apology" to "The Compulsion for Quality" and "Exchanging Name-Cards," the author looks at the origin, nature, use, and influence of kata (literally the form and order of doing things) in Japanese life and how this cultural conditioning causes the Japanese to think and react in the way they do. Because all relations with the Japanese are influenced by kata, the key to dealing with the Japanese in personal or business matters requires knowing how and when to induce or compel them to break the kata and behave in a non-Japanese way. Great for studying the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test).
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    $14.95
  • Nihongo Koredake! 2   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. 2 expects that you've mastered basic reading, and foregoes the romaji (Romanized Japanese), which is actually better for your pronunciation and reading comprehension. The book is organized into logical chapters, with sample conversations, situations to study and more. The book includes a plastic shitajiki (pencil board) with Japanese language references. 96 pages.
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    $14.00
  • 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
  • The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English
    J-List sells a lot of Japanese textbooks and study materials, and now here's a new one: The First Japanese Textbook for Foreigners in English. The book is specifically geared towards self-study, with lessons in English which explain the Japanese grammar in English, which is good for keeping up with the lessons. 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, too, right inside the book.
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    $36.00
  • New Complete Master   Kanji 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 kanji reading ability, with specific characters 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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    $16.00
  • New Complete Master   Grammar (Bunpo) 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 bunpo (grammar), with specific grammar issues 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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    $16.50
  • 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   Grammar JLPT N1
    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 N1 Level (advanced level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your bunpo (grammar), with specific grammar issues 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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    $16.50
  • New Complete Master   Kanji JLPT N1
    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 N1 Level (advanced level) test which goes through various exercises and sample test questions to help you develop your kanji, with specific characters 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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    $16.50