このほんたのしいですよ!私は大好だいすきです。Getting to travel along with the author of the book is actually really interesting and the questions the author poses along the way keep you engaged.

I would highly recommend this book to other Japanese 110-111 students because it uses grammar that they would know, and it also uses kanji that they should have already learned. The drawings are very simple, neat, and nice to look at. I definitely like the use of simple phrases like いただきます as well.に



I highly recommend this book. It is heart-warming and moving. It reminded me of my own childhood memories. We learned most vocabularies and grammar appeared in the book, so it is not hard to read at all for me. it is also a good chance to review what we’ve covered in the class.





I strongly recommend this book because the  content is really interesting and realistic. This book has some words that I haven’t learnt but I can understand them in context. Reading this book is a good way to easily memorize new words. Also, it’s not difficult to Japanese first year students like me!

by ゼファー

きむらけの毎日 「けっこんしき」

きまらけさんのおばさんは、けっこんします。Kimurake and her family help prepare for and go to the wedding ceremony. The book explains several aspects of the traditional wedding ceremony such as the drinking of wine (おさけ) and the leaving of money as a gift at the table after the ceremony. There is a cute twist at the end where Kimurake’s parents forget to leave the money and are distraught, having to give the money later in person.

本は、とてもおもしろくて、たのしかったです。むずかしくなかったです。I would definitely recommend this book to level 1 Japanese students. It was a relatively quick read, with cute illustrations that help the reader understand the vocabulary. It was also really fun learning about a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony.

日本へ ジョンさん

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I recommend this book to those who want to advance their reading level from 0 to 1! There is a big jump from level 0 to level 1 in regards to the amount of text on a page, resulting in more context to the images of the story. Since there are slightly more advanced sentences/ grammar structures and a higher volume of words, I felt that reading this book was a closer and more accurate experience to what it would be like to read regular Japanese books. A lot can still be interpreted from the images, but the text gives more depth to an image than level 0 did. For me, the hardest part of reading this book stemmed from the formatting of sentences from up-to-down, rather than from left-to-right. We have yet to write in this format in Japanese class, so it took a lot more time to read—- going from one character to the next instead of word by word. In conclusion, this book is very friendly training for a reader getting used to the direction of fluid Japanese text!


面白ですね!私は日本の文化を習いました!日本の文化はよく知らないが、簡単な文章と綺麗な絵は意味を分かります。 ユーモアがあります。読んでください!

This book is interesting! I learned some few things about Japanese culture. I am unfamiliar with Japanese New Year customs, but the simple sentences and beautiful drawings helped me understand what I was reading/learning. It also has a little bit of humor. I would recommend this book!




This story is about the author’s grandfather’s life as an immigrant in America. The illustrations are quite beautiful and, although the story was short, it moved me. Overall, it’s about how immigrants have two places to call home, and how they are always missing a place.

I definitely recommend it!




This book is very interesting. It really touches my heart. Hachi is the dog of a college professor, they walk to the train station together everyday, and Hachi wait for the professor at the station in late afternoon to take the professor home. However, the professor died one day, and never return home again. Hachi didn’t know about it, so for ten years, he goes to the train station and wait for the professor’s return. I think Hachi is very very lonely.

I recommend this book to first year Japanese students because it contains a lot of grammar we’ve learned, and I think it will be a great review. Also, there are some new vocabularies that we can learn.




Not only is this book friendly to new readers of Japanese, it is also culturally educational. Why not experience a Japanese New Years’ celebration with the Kimura family? This book is very colorful and easy to interpret. I would recommend it to any beginner.




This is the first volume of the BL manga “Ten Count,” which I bought in Kyoto last year. The protagonist, Shirotani (pictured on the cover) suffers from severe OCD, but then he meets a mysterious young man named Kurose who tries to help him live life normally; and they start to develop romantic feelings for each other, of course. I really enjoyed the art and I think the characters are interesting, so I would recommend it to anyone who is okay with a fairly dark story. But it does have quite a bit of tough vocabulary, like medical words, so for Japanese reading practice I would recommend it more to the JPN 351 students.