• The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course

    • Andrew Scott Conning
    • Foreword by Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese characters. The book contains 2,300 character entries, including all 2,136 Joyo Kanji... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary—a revised, expanded edition of Jack Halpern’s groundbreaking New Japanese-English Character Dictionary—is the most in-depth, linguistically accurate, and up-to-date dictionary of its kind. The... Read more

  • The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary

    • Jack Halpern

    The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary has long been considered one of the most authoritative and user-friendly reference works available to Japanese language students. Now, in its updated edition, this best-selling kanji... 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

  • Sword Techniques of Musashi and the Other Samurai Masters

    Sword Techniques of Musashi and the Other Samurai Masters

    • Fumon Tanaka

    In his eye-opening new book, author Fumon Tanaka uses the life and accomplishments of sword master Miyamoto Musashi to look at the history of swords and sword fighting, and to discuss their role in Japanese history and in... Read more

  • Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts

    Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts

    • David A. Hall

    David A. Hall, one of today’s leading experts on Japanese combative culture, combines hands-on experience in a wide variety of martial traditions with an academic and religious background to produce this landmark work. The... Read more

  • Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars

    • Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt

    This gorgeous volume offers readers everything they need to know to capture, in paper, the perfect geometry and delicate beauty of snowflakes, sunbursts, and stars.  Ayako Brodek (Origami and Kirigami) and Shannon Voigt... 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


Put down your pencils. . . .  and pick up a drum!

A new stand-alone textbook from the authors of the best-sellingJapanese for Busy People series presents a fun and interactive way to learn the language through its sounds and rhythms.

WADAIKO, created by the Association for Japanese-Language Teaching (AJALT), is based on the concept that you can learn the language by absorbing it with your ears – even if you don’t fully understand the meanings of the words yet.

Designed to appeal to first-time learners of all ages, this colorful and lively volume uses songs, poems, tongue twisters, and other word games to help you discover Japanese culture and the beauty of the language, while also mastering vocabulary, syntax and proper pronunciation.

The FREE attached CD features a range of different speakers guiding you through listen-and-repeat exercises, as well as the songs and many of the games from the text so you can sing and play along!

To find out more about WADAIKO and the other outstanding Kodansha language-learning books, go to:




  • Wadaiko

    List price: $19.95


    • 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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