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Japanese books

Japan has a long literary culture and history. There are a large number of publishers for texts, novels, manga comic books and also picture books for children.

In this Japanese learner's blog, Takase sensei who is one of the Japanese teachers at JOI, introduces one of her favorite and recommended titles. If you get a chance, try to find it and reading – it would be an effective way to learn Japanese vocabulary.

Recommended picture book


By TAKASE Chiharu





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Recommended picture book

Do you like picture books ? I personally didn't like picture books much but after I began to read them aloud to my child, I became interested in picture books.

I read various picture books but I especially liked the works by 'Gomi Tarou'. Adults who like picture art will be able to enjoy these well.

There are many titles, but I would like to recommend the book entitled, "Kotoba ga ippai kotoba zukan". It explains movement words and appearance words with pictures. You can look at it all the time and not get tired of it. And I think that you can also increase your Japanese vocabulary.Please try to read this.

絵本 【えほん】 (n) picture book

読み聞かせ【よみきかせ】to read aloud to another

作品 【さくひん】 (n) work (e.g. book, film, composition, etc.)

おすすめ (n,vs,adj-no) recommendation

語彙【ごい】 (n,adj-no) vocabulary

Konnichi-wa, everybody. Hajimemashite. My name is Chiharu Takase.
I was born in the spring, that's why my parents decided to include the the Kanji for spring (haru) in my name. My hometown is in Yamaguchi prefecture on the western coast of Honshu, but now I live in Kyoto, one of Japan's early capital cities. I'm married with one son, and my hobby is the Japanese tea ceremony.

Learning a new language, including Japanese, can be tough at first, but once you start comprehending the patterns and rhythm, you'll find that there is nothing more interesting. Do what you can, when you can, and enjoy the challenge. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in our online Japanese classroom. Let's spend an enjoyable 50 minutes together. Dozo yoroshiku onegai-shimasu.

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