• Breaking into Japanese Literature

    Breaking into Japanese Literature

    • Giles Murray

    A collection of seven great works of Japanese literature in the original language, along with the English translation and a newly-revised custom dictionary - plus downloadable audio. Breaking into Japanese Literature... Read more

  • The Way of the Ninja

    The Way of the Ninja

    • Masaaki Hatsumi

    A Ninja was someone whose very existence expressed the spirit of Budō. He would protect himself with techniques not of assassination but rather of sensation and an acute awareness of his natural surroundings. He would avoid... Read more

  • I Married Adventure

    I Married Adventure

    • Osa Johnson

    This classic, bestselling memoir tells of the often heart-stopping adventures of early 20th-century explorers and photographers Osa and Martin Johnson - now in a new edition featuring additional photos and personal letters... Read more

  • Seppuku


    • Andrew Rankin

    This first comprehensive history in English of Japanese ritual suicide offers both action-packed stories that read like fiction, and invaluable scholarship - now in paperback. This impeccably researched survey looks at... Read more

  • Japanese Sword Fighting

    Japanese Sword Fighting

    • Masaaki Hatsumi

    Hidden Essence of the Martial Arts and the Spirit of the Samurai. Japanese history is replete with great sword masters. Legendary figures such as Koizumi Isenokami, Tsukahara Bokuden, Yagyu Munenori, Miyamoto Musashi,... Read more

  • Wood Becomes Water

    Wood Becomes Water

    • Gail Reichstein

    The groundbreaking work exploring how ancient Chinese medicine can be an integral part of our lives today - now in a 20th anniversary edition. Wood Becomes Water uses the five elements of Chinese cosmology -- wood,... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide

    The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide

    • Jack Halpern

    THE KODANSHA KANJI SYNONYMS GUIDE is the first-ever reference work to group together kanji characters that are related in meaning but different in detail. Arranged alphabetically by concept, these groupings let intermediate... Read more

  • The Just Bento Cookbook 2

    The Just Bento Cookbook 2

    • Makiko Itoh
    • Photographs by Makiko Itoh

    The author of the best-selling Just Bento Cookbook is back with hundreds of delicious new Japanese-lunchbox-style recipes – including many low-carb, vegetarian, and vegan options -- that can be made quickly and without a lot... Read more

  • Whisky Japan

    Whisky Japan

    • Dominic Roskrow

    A renowned authority reveals what makes Japanese whisky so special and sought-after by whisky connoisseurs around the world.   Gourmand World Cookbook Award-winner – Best Spirits Book   Japanese... Read more

  • Hi, Konnichiwa

    Hi, Konnichiwa

    • Yayoi Kusama

    Japanese painter, sculptor, writer, installation and performance artist Yayoi Kusama has been in the vanguard of contemporary art for sixty years. Best known for her use of patterns of dots (which she claims evolved from the... Read more

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Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf


AJALT, creators of WADAIKO: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF JAPANESE, has posted a charming and informative video on YouTube that explains the concept and structure of the book, and offers tips on how to use it most effectively.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUYbP_lBgUY


WADAIKO: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF JAPANESE presents an innovative classroom approach to learning the language. Now, AJALT, the creators of WADAIKO, have posted a charming and informative video on YouTube, in which the authors discuss the concept and structure of the book, and offer tips on how to use it most effectively.

With many visuals from the book, accompanied by excerpts from the free CD that’s attached, they explain that through holistic exposure to its rhythms and sounds, learners will come to understand and appreciate the heart of the Japanese language.

The first part of WADAIKO is filled with fun word-play exercises, tongue-twisters, songs and jingles, and rhymes. Part II is about the Seasons, and features haiku, poems, and traditional songs that celebrate the beauty and variety of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter in Japan.

If you’re looking for an entertaining and interactive way to learn/progress in your Japanese studies, check out the video – and the book!!

  • Wadaiko

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    • The Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT)

    From the authors of the best-selling Japanese for Busy People series comes an innovative, engaging new way to learn Japanese. Based on a teaching approach which has been used successfully in the classroom by AJALT in Japan,... Read more

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