Recommended Reading

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Heart of a Samurai

Author:Margi Preus

Contents

Novel based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama, who became stranded on a desterted island as a teenager during Japan's national closure period. Legally unable to return home, Manjiro and his friends are rescued by an American whaling ship and spend ten homesick years of adventure traveling the world.

A Wild Sheep Chase / Norwegian Wood

Author:Haruki Murakami

Contents

Two of Murakami's hallmark works, published in 1982 and 1987, respectively.

Comment

A Wild Sheep Chase: A surreal novel blending mystery, fantasy and parody, exploring postwar Japanese cultural identity, blending elements of English literature with Japanese contexts with a postmodern twist. Norwegian Wood:
A nostalgic story of loss and sexuality set in the turbulent 1960s.

Rules of the Road

Author:Japan Automobile Federation

Contents

The official guide to Japan's traffic laws and regulations from the Japan Traffic Safety Association.

Comment

Very detailed for such a small book, and includes precise meanings of signs and street markings, and everything that concerns the road and the vehicles on it.

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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.

Can You See What I See?

Author:Walter Wick

Contents

Picture puzzles to search and solve.

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