Recommended Reading

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A Guide to the Mysteries of the Kojiki

Author:Ancient Izumo Kingdom Research Society

Contents

As Japan’s oldest historical document, the enigmatic Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) have given rise to numerous interpretations. This guidebook is filled with photographs and access maps, including a modern translation of the content relating to the San’in region to delight anyone interested in history and ancient relics.

Comment

Provides excerpts from the blend of legend and myth comprising the original documents, but the book’s main focus is on practical information for the visitor to each spot mentioned in the chronicle. Space for personal notes on each trip is included.

Origami Handbook with English translation

Author:Kazuo Kobayashi

Contents

Introduction to making practical accessories with decorative patterned paper. Learn to make attractive envelopes for money gifts, chopsticks rests in the shape of birds, bottle caps like traditional helmets, crane note pad stands, and more. 24 sheets of colorful traditional paper are included so that you can begin crafting right away. Full English translation.

Comment

Instructions are detailed and easy to follow, and each sheet of paper comes with an explanation of the motif’s meaning and origin.

Kateigaho International Japan Edition

Contents

Established as the first magazine dedicated to bringing Japanese culture to the world, this deluxe periodical’s high-quality contents and large, stunning visuals with polished English present Japan’s natural face to readers around the world. This issue contains diverse presentations on topics ranging from designs in traditional culture and craftsmanship to travel throughout the seasons and areas worthy of special attention.

Comment

This issue has lots of interesting crafts and events peculiar to specific regions, which would be difficult to discover without the information in here. There’s also a few pages of quite intriguing recipes using matcha. The next issue will have entirely different content.

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Rmembering the Kanji 1

Author:James W.Heisig

Contents

A Complete Course on How Not to Forget the Meaning and Writing of Japanese Characters.

LEARNING JAPANESE KANJI

Author:Glen Nolan Grant

Contents

The innovative method for learning the 520 most essential Japanese kanji characters.

Hiragana Times

Contents

The magazine that introduces the real Japan to the world.

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PRACTICAL JAPANESE

Author:Kiyomi OGAWA

Contents

Basic Expressions for Living and Travel

Comment

This book is for students who wish to study Japanese through grammatical comprehension rather than through rote learning.

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Author:Ella Frances Sanders

Contents

An illustrated compendium of untranslatable words from around the world.

EAT AND SPEAK WASHOKU

Author:Iori Hamada / Warren Fithie

Contents

- Washoku: Questions & Answers
- Washoku 40 recipes
- Useful Words & Phrases About Food

Comment

英語で伝える和食