The mind-clearing magic of Japan’s pen-and-paper “planner culture” — Quartz
Americans are just now rediscovering the meditative pleasure of organizing life with pen and paper again, but scheduling sans Siri is a long-held tradition in Asia, where legions of discerning journal keepers still take pride in a carefully composed page.
In Japan, it’s called “techo (planner) culture.” Happily oblivious to the decline of yuppie filofaxes in the West, paper brands like Midori, Hobonichi, Kokuyo and other modern shrines to stationery nurture a steady demand for beautiful agenda books.
Accessories like pockets, stamps, tabs, and decorative washi masking tape help Japanese paperphiles organize their thinking artfully and deliberately. Many design their own unique notation systems—yes, there’s more where the immensely popular Bullet Journal came from—and showcase those systems on ”filofax tours” on YouTube.
Planner culture is also strong among Japan’s neighbors. In China, sales are rising for old school paper-based day planners, notably for digital natives.” With many mainland users being students and young office workers, the items are often purchased by parents as gifts and study aids for their children,” reported Asia Today in January. “They are increasingly seen as a way for parents to encourage their offspring to take control of their affairs.”
In Taiwan, Japanese-style planners are immensely popular, with online sales jumping 40% from 2013–2014, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Of course, everywhere in the world, phones and Google calendars efficiently remind us of appointments. But a pen-and-paper-based system creates a record of the day beyond the usual sequence of litany of meetings and chores.
Management consultant Bruce Rhoades suggests seeing the paper-based planner as a mind-clearing ritual. ”There is something about writing early in the morning before engaging in the day’s activities that is very helpful—sort of like how your best ideas often occur in the shower,” he explains on a blog post. Starting with a paper planner could even improve the quality of those to-do lists we create on our mobile devices, he says.
The time it takes to handwrite tasks allows us identify priorities and reframe goals in a way that typing cannot. Just as the act of handwriting notes in class has been proven to encourage deep thought for students, a paper-based planner offers space to contemplate the events of the day and scheme ideas for tomorrow. Instead of slapdash scribbles on Post-its and mindless calendar synching, writing on a planner offers a moment of reflection on the events of the day.
As techo designer Shigesato Itoi observes, a handwritten agenda also offers a snapshot of one’s life. ”It’s more than just a schedule book to keep appointments, and it’s not quite a diary, nor is it just a notebook…” he writes in the blog for Japanese agenda-maker Hobonichi.
“Each person’s techo with their life written on the pages, well, that’s your autobiography.”
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My guide to self-studying Japanese
Last updated on January 17th, 2021
It’s time to contribute my little share to all the websites out there telling you how to learn Japanese, which textbooks to buy and which resources to use. I’m just a beginner myself but tried a lot of stuff, gave up twice and then started again with a different approach. There are a couple of things I want to make clear from the beginning which really got on my nerves reading different blogs trying to teach you how to learn Japanese – There are multiple ways to achieve your goal – There are many different sources which offer great ways to learn Japanese – If you like something, stick with it – I’m nowhere near the point where I would say that the stuff I’m doing and using for my Japanese studies is the perfect way to go. But it’s the right stuff for me and maybe for you too. Just some friendly tips from one Nerd to another which may save you a lot of time and money!
Revisited: 06. 05.2020 – A little update to the post including JALUP.
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In the beginning, it’s always comfortable when you have a list you can go through. A numerical one at best with all the steps you should take in an orderly fashion. The tips in this posts aren’t random but for a beginner, it may be a little confusing with what to start nonetheless. That’s why I decided to break my Japanese learning process down. Let’s begin:
1. Learn Hiragana and Katakana
The two Japanese syllabaries are essential for every book and tool in this list. Hiragana is used for everything that’s not written in Kanji (the complex Chinese characters), Katakana, on the other hand, is used for “imported” English words or when Japanese want to stylize a word. I found the Dr. Moku Apps are absolutely great for this purpose. It’s available for iOS, Android, and for your Desktop so there should be a way for everyone to learn from the Doctor. If you prefer a physical version you should check out these here
2. Get a textbook. My favorite: Genki (second edition with a lovely MP3 CD)
An awesome textbook that teaches you the basics of Japanese grammar in two volumes and 25 lessons. Everything is very well explained with lots of example sentences, recurring characters who take part in various short stories, and the exact right amount of vocabulary for each section. The MP3 Cd contains the text and vocabulary read out loud which is crucial to work on your listening comprehension at an early stage. It won’t get easier when you wait with this step, trust me. There is also a corresponding workbook available but there is more than enough stuff to practice within the main book itself.
Still, I got both workbooks and went through them as well. Each one is accompanied by an MP3 Cd (in the same manner as the main textbook) which contains all the text and dialogue spoken by a native speaker. If you got both down and the main books, basic Japanese grammar shouldn’t be a hurdle for you anymore. To sum it up, you don’t need the workbooks but some extra practice never hurts, right. Your call.
Forget Minna no Nihongo and all the other books which are just crappy for self-learners. Genki is the real deal. Don’t forget to buy the answer key which contains every answer for both work- and textbook for Genki I & II in one single volume.
Buy the book: Genki I & Genki II // Answer Key (crucial!)// Workbook I & Workbook II
WRJ has it also in store. If you include the shipping costs from Japan, it’s not such a bad deal even if it’s more expensive. And I got the feeling you might want to get the textbooks as fast as possible.
There is also a pretty neat iOS App available which lets you train conjugations. Trust me on this one – just get it while studying the mighty Genki textbooks.
3. Get this dictionary for Japanese grammar
There will come the situation when you’re reading something and can’t make sense of a grammatical term. You’re trying to look it up in Genki but with no success. Tae Kim can’t give you a solid explanation either. But fear not, there is a great tool to help you in these moments. The dictionaries of Japanese grammar. It’s a series of three books published by the Japan Times (like Genki) with a beautiful layout and really well-written explanations with lots of example sentences. There is a reason why these three books are used by Japanese teaching universities all around the globe.
I’ve already written a more in-depth post about the first dictionary of basic Japanese grammar with a couple of pictures. Just have a look and decide for yourself if you could need one of these. For me, it’s the best thing that happened to me after Genki and a steady partner on my night table.
- Buy A Dictionary of basic Japanese grammar from CDjapan
4. Give your listening comprehension a boost and learn some sentence structures with Japanesepod101
When I signed up for TextFugu a long while back I also got a coupon for Japanesepod101. Heard a lot about the program before but never really considered subscribing because the whole site looked a bit “sketchy” to me. They just tried a little too hard to sell their stuff. But I thought to myself “if the tofugu team recommends something, it has to be good”. And it was the right decision.
Before Japanesepod I even struggled with the most basic sentences in Japanese. My listening comprehension was really crap. But thanks to this little podcast it got a lot better. It’s even incredibly useful to learn some grammar on the way with example sentences and explanations right away. Every episode has a little story upfront which contains a specific grammar point. After that a native speaker and the host Peter Gallante are talking about the story, make some jokes, explain and just have a very well thought out discussion. Honestly, I’m always amazed at how they make their episodes so poignant and casually at the same time. Kudos.
I really love listening to Podcasts on the go and if you do so as well you may know the feeling you get overt ime. Like you really know these people who you’re listening to regularly. Just like a bunch of old friends you like to hang out with and chat. I get that feeling when listening to Japanesepod as well which should tell you how much I enjoy the cast.
When I first started with Japanese I completely neglected any listening comprehension. It was a big mistake. You’ll never be able to really understand a language if you’re not used to the “flow”, the rhythm of that language. At least it was an immense game changer for me.
Just head to their website and give it a try or read my more in-depth review of Japanesepod101 if you want to learn more about their service first.
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Recommended study routine:
- After learning Hiragana & Katakana start with Genki I. I don’t think its the best idea to write your own flashcards for vocab so I would opt for a different route right away: JALUP or iKnow. You train your reading ability and learn Japanese words in context, audio included. There is no better way (at least for me).
The two programs are not included in this list and that’s for a reason. I had to decide between three time-consuming SRS programs. Wanikani (just look below for a detailed explanation), Know and JALUP. The latter two are great for vocab (and JALUP for grammar as well) but not essential so I opted for WK instead.
You don’t need to pull through all 60 levels of WK before starting with iKnow or JALUP but at least try to get down the first 10. That way you get a feeling for Kanji, you will already know the basics and all this will make it much easier to learn vocab with iKnow and JALUP. Both using Kanji only (no furigana savety-net).
- Join Japanesepod101 and start with Newbie Season 1. Use it alongside Genki but don’t try to find the same grammar points in both the podcast and the book. Just let it flow and learn from both. The beauty of this method is that you’ll eventually encounter already learned grammar points again, get a second explanation, and make them really stick.
Do you want to read manga in Japanese? Get this book.
Not really a necessity but – If you like to read manga in Japanese or want to get to that level where you can enjoy your favorite series in Japanese – buy this book. Seriously it’s amazing. Don’t confuse it with Japanese in Mangaland.
This one here teaches real written Japanese using different scenes from popular manga as examples. A little like the column which once ran in the now-defunct Mangajin magazine if some of you remember. You’ll learn a lot of useful grammatical stuff you really don’t get taught in regular textbooks. If you want to read manga – tries this book here. It helped me immensely in understanding some of the more obscure sentence enders and terms.
If you work through this book I guarantee you that you’ll at least have the grammatical foundation to comfortably read manga in Japanese. Yes, it’s that awesome. Japanese Tease reader Chris recommended it to me on twitter a while ago and I’m really glad he did.
Worked my way through the book and reading Japanese got a lot easier for me afterward. All these strange sentence enders and variations I couldn’t place anywhere were described in this book. Or at least a good part of em’. Even when watching Anime to learn Japanese you’ll notice that this book here is essential. The slang remains the same no matter if you watch the shows or read the manga.
Buy Japanese the manga way at Amazon.com
5. Start learning the Kanji and tons of vocab with WaniKani
I’ve already written a post about getting back to learning Japanese with WaniKani but it just had to be included here. I always wanted to write a blog where articles that matter were updated when the time was right and that’s exactly what I’m doing now. WaniKani is great. Even if you’re just making your first steps in trying to learn Japanese, learn hiragana & katakana and make yourself a WaniKani account.
It starts from scratch and is a great alternative to Heisig. It’s actually the one I prefer nowadays. JT reader NinKenDo pointed out that he is actually using WaniKani in conjunction with Heisig. So that’s also an alternative. If you want to know more about WaniKani and its immense benefits, just read the above-linked post to the original article.
But in short: You’ll learn the Kanji, learn tons of vocabulary, and meet great people in the community. The best thing I did for my Japanese studies was signing up with WK. Hands down.
To make studying with WaniKani even more easy I compiled a list of the extensions I use with the site to make things a little faster and more efficient. Safari is normally my go-to browser but specifically for WK, I switch to Chrome just for the sake of using all these little helpers.
Heisig: Remembering the Kanji – Before WaniKani came around this was the ultimate way to learn the Kanji. The key was to break down the Chinese characters in small parts called primitives. Out of these, you make up a story that will help you memorize the meaning of each Kanji. If you got a meaning down for each Kanji you can advance to learning the different meanings.
When someone asked me how he should start to learn Japanese as a self-learner these were the tips I would give him. But there is a lot of other stuff out there which is great as well. Let’s start with the classics. The infamous online Japanese textbook.
Tae Kim’s Grammar Guide
If you want another shot at Japanese grammar or want to read more about a certain topic Tae Kim’s grammar guide is my go-to place. It’s free, it’s awesome and very well explained. Good stuff for beginners who like a more casual and natural approach towards grammar and always a great complement to Genki.
Some are even using solely Tae Kim for their grammar needs but I wouldn’t recommend that. Not because his site isn’t great (it is) I just think that it’s a little confusing at the beginning and a little vague with his explanations sometimes as well.
If you already have a foundation in Japanese you’ll greatly profit from the many example sentences and small grammatical nuances Tae Kim explains so well. If you don’t have a certain background you’ll probably feel the same I felt back then. Not being able to see the forest between all the trees.
There is also a free IOS Version of the guide which is really well made – and free. A no-brainer if you have a fitting device. I actually bought the printed version as well but I am not that keen on it. Maybe because the App is just too good to be true. And free, did I mention that?
Get a Japanese dictionary for your mobile phone and tablet.
In late 2020 I discovered a fantastic Japanese dictionary App with the striking name: Nihongo. It’s super-fast, has tons of example sentences (a lot even with Audio), and here comes the best: An implemented OCR function that lets you scan pictures for Japanese words which you can then just tap and make flashcards out of them.
With the original picture attached if you want. That’s actually so awesome and revolutionary for my studying process that I’m only using Nihongo right now and I love it. Check out my full review to see some pictures and hear more about this great App. really I can’t recommend this one enough.
And these were the Apps I was using the years before:
No matter if you’re using Android or iOS there are many different Japanese dictionary Apps available and they are more or less all offering the same. At least they’re all referring to the same database of words. So, in the end, it’s a matter of preference which one you like to use. Or rather a matter of style. I tried out a couple of different ones but stuck with Midori and am using it now for a couple of years. I really like that the App is already searching for the word while I’m typing.
Makes finding words where you only know the Kanji and you’re not quite sure about the exact reading a lot easier. There are a lot more bells and whistles to this app but I’m using none of them. Built-in list to which you can add your words, Kanji and vocab after JLPT, and so on. In this regard, all the dictionary Apps are more or less the same, and in the end (again) it just comes down to which interface you like best.
Imiwa has been mentioned in the comments and I tried it myself. Nothing wrong with this App either. There is even the functionality to change the language to German or French or Spanish. But not all Japanese words included in the dictionary are available in all translations and some may still be shown with an English translation. It’s free and a great alternative to Midori (which costs a hefty 10$). Download it and try it for yourself.
Learning Japanese is a journey that never seems to end. At least for me, it doesn’t. Luckily there is a vast market of neat books and programs out there which make studying the language a joy to do so. I’ve written some articles about nearly all the books I’ve used up to now and always aim to give you a personal feel for the books with the pictures I’m taking.
I hope that works. Some stuff that I love to recommend to nearly all stages of learners are the Japanese Graded Readers books. Available from super easy to intermediate. They come in attractive little boxes, each story in a separate booklet, but have a look at yourself.
Japanese Graded Readers – When a native material is still far too difficult and frustrating these are an excellent way to start finally putting your newly learned Japanese to some use. You can choose a set from grade 0 to 3 with rising difficulty in grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure. Each story gets is printed in a different booklet and they accompanying MP3 Cd has every little story read by a native.
Read manga in Japanese – I made a total of five posts with manga recommendations for Japanese beginners. You should always keep in mind though that every one of these manga is aimed at a native Japanese audience and thus it can be quite a harsh entry if it’s really the first thing you read in Japanese. But it’ll get better over time (like always) and the above-mentioned book Japanese the manga way will help you out a great deal.
Nihongo Notes – When learning and trying to understand and speak Japanese you’ll always face the difficulty that you just express yourself a lot different in Japanese than you would do in a European language. Nihongo Notes is collecting all the essays from the column with the same name which run in the newspaper The Japan Times.
In fun little stories covering everyday situations in Japan, you’ll learn a lot about how to use different phrases correctly and more importantly about their heritage and true meaning. If you want to slip inside of a Japanese and make sense of all the seemingly random dos and don’ts in Japan these two books are your best bet. – Read the full review.
Habitica – If you want to tackle your daily tasks and to-do-lists like they were missions in an RPG this is the website for you. You earn some in-game money and experience points for every task you finished which will level up your character and even allows you to be some neat gear. Join the Japanese Tease guild and let’s tackle some monsters together through learning more Japanese. Switched to Things 3 lately. Just have a look at the separate post I made.
Moleskine Notebook – Tracking your learning progress is essential to keep you on plan and motivated as well. A technique that works very well for me is just to write down with a few keywords that I learned each day. Or if I have to work through a big bunch of pages in a textbook I’ll write down where I started and finished that day. I personally love the little Moleskine weekly planners, but of course, even the note function or calendar on your mobile is up for this task.
Defunct. The section for all the stuff I don’t use anymore but once have. I loved these tools at one point but don’t use them in my current state anymore.
If you don’t know about Anki yet here us a short description of the best program/app I own. Or at least the most useful to me. It’s a program to make digital flashcards but instead of just having two sides you can do the wildest things with Anki. The Ultimate Japanese Vocab Packs by Tofugu support Anki as well and are really well made. With sound files and different forms. Just download Anki and get these Vocab packs. There is no better introduction to Anki out there.
A nice feature of Anki is that you can download ao called “decks” by other people directly within the program. So if you decide to tackle the Heisig method for learning all the Joyu Kanji, just search for a deck. Maybe someone else was kind enough to upload his own Anki-deck which can save you a lot of time. And the good part is: You always have the opportunity to customize these decks. Well done Anki!
Make your own vocabulary-decks
When you finished the essential packs you will have some basic Japanese vocabulary knowledge which will come in quite handy reading stuff like Yotsubato! and Shirokuma Café. But because Japanese is damn complex you need to learn more vocab and I mean: Lots more.
I just expanded the Tofugu decks and made additions to them whenever I stumbled across an unknown word. I would advise you to do the same because the tofugu vocab “template” is really well made with the ability to learn the different forms and kanji reading in a breeze. Little tip: Add a field for the te-form within the Verbs template, which will make things much easier for you in the long run.
Where do I pick up my vocab?
When reading a manga I try to put all unknown words into Anki. Sometimes I skip a few. There is really no need to learn ancient Japanese words when you’re still trying to figure out the basics. You can rather spend the time on the more useful stuff first which you will actually use and come back for fancy vocab a couple of months (or years) later when you have a decent knowledge of Japanese.
Of course, there are some places with more useful vocab to pick up than others. Manga may not be such a great choice all in all because of all the slang and sometimes fantasy language (always depending on what you read of course). But Yotsuba with its everyday anecdotes really is a good way to start. I compiled a list of beginner-friendly manga in Japanese which should give you plenty of suggestions.
Japanese Encephalitis – Chapter 4 – 2020 Yellow Book | Travelers’ Health
Most human infections with JE virus are asymptomatic; <1% of people infected with JE virus develop neurologic disease. Acute encephalitis is the most commonly recognized clinical manifestation of JE virus infection. Milder forms of disease, such as aseptic meningitis or undifferentiated febrile illness, also can occur. The incubation period is 5–15 days. Illness usually begins with sudden onset of fever, headache, and vomiting. Mental status changes, focal neurologic deficits, generalized weakness, and movement disorders may develop over the next few days. The classical description of JE includes a parkinsonian syndrome with mask-like facies, tremor, cogwheel rigidity, and choreoathetoid movements. Acute flaccid paralysis, with clinical and pathological features similar to those of poliomyelitis, has also been associated with JE virus infection. Seizures are common, especially among children. The case-fatality ratio is approximately 20%–30%. Among survivors, 30%–50% have serious neurologic, cognitive, or psychiatric sequelae.
Common clinical laboratory findings include moderate leukocytosis, mild anemia, and hyponatremia. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) typically has a mild to moderate pleocytosis with a lymphocytic predominance, slightly elevated protein, and normal ratio of CSF to plasma glucose.
JE should be suspected in a patient with evidence of a neurologic infection (such as encephalitis, meningitis, or acute flaccid paralysis) who has recently traveled to or resided in an endemic country in Asia or the western Pacific. Laboratory diagnosis of JE virus infection should be performed by using a JE virus-specific IgM-capture ELISA on CSF or serum. JE virus-specific IgM can be measured in the CSF of most patients by 4 days after onset of symptoms and in serum by 7 days after onset. Plaque reduction neutralization tests can be performed to confirm the presence of JE virus-specific neutralizing antibodies and discriminate between cross-reacting antibodies from closely related flaviviruses (such as dengue and West Nile viruses). A ≥4-fold rise in JE virus-specific neutralizing antibodies between acute- and convalescent-phase serum specimens may be used to confirm recent infection. Vaccination history, date of onset of symptoms, and information regarding other flaviviruses known to circulate in the geographic area that may cross-react in serologic assays need to be considered when interpreting results.
Humans have low levels of transient viremia and usually have neutralizing antibodies by the time distinctive clinical symptoms are recognized. Virus isolation and nucleic acid amplification tests are insensitive in detecting JE virus or viral RNA in blood or CSF and should not be used for ruling out a diagnosis of JE. Clinicians should contact their state or local health department or CDC at 970-221-6400 for assistance with diagnostic testing.
There is no specific antiviral treatment for JE; therapy consists of supportive care and management of complications.
Personal Protection Measures
The best way to prevent mosquitoborne diseases, including JE, is to avoid mosquito bites (see Chapter 3, Mosquitoes, Ticks & Other Arthropods).
One JE vaccine is licensed and available in the United States—an inactivated Vero cell culture–derived vaccine, Ixiaro (Table 4-06). Ixiaro is manufactured by Valneva Austria GmbH. It was approved in March 2009 for use in people aged ≥17 years and in May 2013 for use in children aged 2 months through 16 years. Other inactivated and live attenuated JE vaccines are manufactured and used in other countries but are not licensed for use in the United States.
INDICATIONS FOR USE OF JE VACCINE FOR TRAVELERS
Travelers to JE-endemic countries should be advised of the risks of JE disease and the importance of personal protective measures to reduce the risk for mosquito bites. When making recommendations regarding the use of JE vaccine for travelers, clinicians must consider the risks related to the specific travel itinerary, likelihood of future travel to JE-endemic countries, the high rate of death and disability when JE occurs, availability of an effective vaccine, the possibility but low probability of serious adverse events after immunization, and the traveler’s personal perception and tolerance of risk. Evaluation of a traveler’s risk should take into account travel location, duration, activities, accommodations, and seasonal patterns of disease in the areas to be visited (Table 4-07). The data in the table should be interpreted cautiously, because JE virus transmission activity varies within countries and from year to year, and surveillance data are often incomplete. Additional information on factors that increase risk is provided in “Japanese encephalitis vaccine: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)” (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/je.html).
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends JE vaccine for people moving to a JE-endemic country, longer-term (for example, ≥1 month) travelers to JE-endemic arears, and frequent travelers to JE-endemic areas. Vaccine should also be considered for shorter-term (for example, <1 month) travelers with an increased risk of JE based on planned travel duration, season, location, activities, and accommodations. Vaccination should also be considered for travelers going to endemic areas, but who are uncertain of specific destinations, activities, or duration of travel.
JE vaccine is not recommended for travelers with very low-risk itineraries, such as shorter-term travel limited to urban areas or travel that occurs outside a well-defined JE virus transmission season.
VACCINE EFFICACY AND IMMUNOGENICITY
There are no efficacy data for Ixiaro. The vaccine was licensed in the United States on the basis of its ability to induce JE virus–neutralizing antibodies as a surrogate for protection. In pivotal immunogenicity studies, 96% of adults and 100% of children aged 2 months through 17 years developed protective neutralizing antibodies at 28 days after receiving a primary immunization series of 2 doses administered 28 days apart. Among adults aged ≥65 years, 65% are seroprotected at 42 days after the 2-dose primary series.
A study in adults on persistence of protective neutralizing antibodies after a primary 2-dose series of Ixiaro showed that at 5 years postvaccination, 82% of subjects were seroprotected. However, the study was conducted in areas where tickborne encephalitis (TBE) vaccine is available. In a subgroup analysis, seroprotection rates at 24–60 months in the TBE vaccine group ranged from 94%–100%, compared with 64%–72% in the group in which TBE vaccine was not administered. TBE vaccine is not available in the United States; therefore, JE seroprotection rates for US travelers are likely to be most similar to the rates in the group not administered TBE vaccine.
One observational study investigated long-term protection following a booster dose of Ixiaro in adults. After a booster dose administered at 15 months, 96% of subjects were still seroprotected approximately 6 years later.
In a study conducted among children in a JE-endemic country, 90% of children were seroprotected at 36 months after the primary series. Seroprotection rates were variable by age group, but at least 81% of children in each age group were seroprotected. Among 150 children in this study who received a booster dose at 11 months after the primary series, 100% were seroprotected at 1 month, 12 months, and 24 months after the booster dose. In a study conducted among children from nonendemic countries, 89% were seroprotected at 3 years after a primary 2-dose series of Ixiaro.
An accelerated primary series of 2 doses of Ixiaro administered 7 days apart has been studied in adults aged 18–65 years. In the accelerated schedule group, 99% of adults were seroprotected, compared with 100% of adults in the standard schedule group. The accelerated primary series was noninferior to the conventional dosing schedule.
The primary vaccination dose and schedule for Ixiaro varies by age (Table 4-06). To administer a 0.25-mL dose, health care providers must expel and discard half of the volume from the 0.5-mL prefilled syringe by pushing the plunger stopper up to the edge of the red line on the syringe barrel before injection. For all age groups, the 2-dose series should be completed ≥1 week before travel.
For adults and children, a booster dose (third dose) should be given at ≥1 year after completion of the primary Ixiaro series if ongoing exposure or reexposure to JE virus is expected.
There are limited data on the use of Ixiaro as a booster dose after a primary series with the mouse brain–derived inactivated JE vaccine. Three studies have been conducted, 2 in US military personnel and the other at 2 travel clinics in Europe. In 1 US military study and the European study, among adults who had previously received at least a primary series of mouse brain–derived inactivated JE vaccine, a single dose of Ixiaro adequately boosted neutralizing antibody levels and provided at least short-term protection. In 1 US military study investigating longer-term protection, the immunologic response at 12–23 months after 1 dose of Ixiaro in adults previously vaccinated with ≥3 doses of mouse brain–derived JE vaccine was noninferior to the response after 2 doses of Ixiaro in JE vaccine-naïve adults. In addition, seroprotective titers against both vaccine virus strains persisted in all participants who could be followed up at 2 years in the European study (N = 18).
VACCINE SAFETY AND ADVERSE REACTIONS
Ixiaro was licensed in the United States based on safety evaluations in almost 5,000 adults. Since licensure, >1 million doses of Ixiaro have been distributed in the United States. Local symptoms of pain and tenderness were the most commonly reported symptoms in a safety study with 1,993 adult participants who received 2 doses of Ixiaro. Headache, myalgia, fatigue, and an influenzalike illness were each reported at a rate of >10%. In children, fever was the most commonly reported systemic reaction in studies. Serious adverse events are reported only rarely.
PRECAUTIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
A severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of Ixiaro or any other JE vaccine, or to any component of Ixiaro, is a contraindication to administration of Ixiaro. Ixiaro contains protamine sulfate, a compound known to cause hypersensitivity reactions in some people. No studies of Ixiaro in pregnant women have been conducted. Pregnancy is a precaution for use of Ixiaro and in most instances, its administration to pregnant women should be deferred. However, pregnant women who must travel to an area where risk for JE virus infection is high should be vaccinated when the theoretical risk of immunization is outweighed by the risk of infection.
CDC website: www.cdc.gov/japaneseencephalitis
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30 Best Japanese Textbooks to Learn the Language at Any Skill Level
Alright, you hooligan.
Enough with all-fun, no-work Japanese resources like manga, anime and internet browsing.
Sure, they can help—but to learn Japanese fundamentals you’ll need a good old-fashioned textbook.
Japanese textbooks teach you the language in its most correct form.
They guide you step-by-step through major grammar points, crucial vocabulary and forms of speech.
It’s all well and good to learn slang and fun expressions from casual entertainment. But as a serious Japanese student, you need to know how to speak proper Japanese, too.
What’s gonna happen during that dream job interview in Tokyo when you can’t even summon the grammatical knowledge to speak humbly to your superiors?
Or when you’re apartment-hunting and can’t speak politely to a potential landlord?
Since you’re here, I’ll assume this means you’ve discovered this need and are officially in the market for a good textbook to reinforce your Japanese learning.
Well, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
As a Japanese student, you’ve got way more choices to make than just paperback, hardcover or e-book.
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5 Benefits of Learning Japanese with Books
With so many online and mobile resources available, it may seem like using books to learn is a thing of the past.
But books remain a valuable resource for learning, providing treasure troves of fact-checked, reliable information that can be accessed anywhere, at any time.
You’ll never have to worry about studying without Wi-Fi when you’re using a book!
Cracking the spine and taking your pencil to the page offers numerous benefits for learning Japanese. Here are five:
Textbooks Provide Structure
Books on learning Japanese are organized into lessons or units that group together similar ideas, which are great for creating learning schedules.
They cover multiple topics like vocabulary, grammar and speech (for those with audio accompaniments) in one neat package.
Nothing from left field will shoot in to surprise you; all of the terms you’ll find are those the book covers, whether it’s something you’ve learned in a previous lesson or a taste of what’s to come in the next one.
Previous lessons are also reinforced throughout textbooks.
For instance, if you learned about て forms in one chapter, you can bet they’ll be a feature in all future lessons. By seeing the て form in a variety of new situations, you’ll gain real working experience with its function, and before long it will be a reliable ally on your quest to learn Japanese.
Increase in Focus
A little concentration goes a long way, and books make it easy to get that wheel rolling.
When learning Japanese from a book, you’re concentrating specifically on the page in front of you—no links, advertisements or suggested pages to lead you astray.
With this increase in focus, you’re more apt to make inferences about the material being covered, which allows for greater depth of learning.
Additionally, finding gaps in your comprehension becomes much easier. If there’s something you’re just not getting after your third time reading that passage about visiting a shrine in Kyoto, you can pinpoint it right away.
Books Provide Detailed Explanations
While many websites offer definitions and usage examples for Japanese grammar, oftentimes they lack a good explanation as to why these terms are used in the manner that they are. This can lead to misunderstandings and frustration on your part.
This is where a good textbook has your back.
Within each lesson, ample information is packed into a few short sentences, which can clear up any confusion a reader may have about the material.
Books on learning Japanese provide all sorts of notes and exceptions that may exist for a grammar point, detailed examples of verb conjugation, and cultural contexts behind certain words.
So if you’re lost on a term like 我慢 (がまん, perseverance/endurance), try looking at a textbook for clarification!
Engagement on Multiple Levels
Books engage you in a way that’s unique to the medium of print—you’re seeing, touching, asking questions to a book lying in front of you that’s begging to be read.
Since Japanese requires the use of a new writing system, getting familiar with the printed words will force your brain to connect with these unfamiliar characters until they become second nature.
Many textbooks offer different activities to respond to the material, such as word matchups, bingo, skits and more.
There are also different language styles in one place—you’ll get casual and formal speech in one go, making you familiar with each style of writing and speaking. Talk about a comprehensive approach to learning!
A Foundation for Exploratory Learning
Of course, books aren’t a one-and-done solution to mastering Japanese; no learning medium is. But they do serve as a solid starting point to blast off into creative methods of learning.
With the lessons in your textbook as a foundation, you can create new contexts in which to explore your new vocabulary and make connections to the real world.
Try doing dialogue practice with your language partner with the stories in the lesson. Plug the kanji from the unit into your flashcard app. The possibilities are endless with a textbook by your side!
How to Choose the Best Japanese Textbook for Your Needs: 5 Factors to Consider
The right textbook can make all the difference in the world. The wrong one might just be a waste of time, energy and money.
So, which textbooks are the best textbooks to learn Japanese?
The answer depends on you. Before rushing out to the store or hopping onto Amazon, consider:
- Your skill level
- Your immediate studying needs
- Your future plans and needs as a student
- Your learning style
- Your budget
Once you’ve really taken the above into consideration, you can start researching.
To save money and increase your study options, you may also want to consider checking out VitalSource, a cool site that lets students rent or buy e-textbooks from their collection and access them all on a single app.
You can find more textbooks just for Japanese learners at White Rabbit Japan, an online store that’s ready to cater to all your Japanese print needs.
In addition to textbooks, they’ve got workbooks, manga and a ton of graded readers and other reading material. (And snacks, in case you get hungry while you’re studying!)
In this article, books have been organized into the following seven sections:
- Grammar books
- Vocabulary books
- Kanji books
- Reference books
- Bilingual and parallel textbooks
Read through them all or skip ahead to the section that pertains to your study needs.
Plus, you can use FluentU to add a fun and authentic element to your textbook learning!
Most formal, classroom-based courses will provide their own textbooks, so you may not need to search for a basic textbook on your own. However, if you’re studying on your own or if you want to supplement classroom material, you’ll have some decisions to make.
Textbooks are great general, all-around learning resources.
These types of books tend to focus on major lessons, which divide up the material into topics such as greetings, asking for directions or going to the grocery store.
These lessons are introduced and supplemented with practice exercises, vocabulary lists, grammar tables and (sometimes) even audio, video and games as well.
Some will even have an online component where you can ask questions, interact with other learners, take tests and keep track of your progress.
Let’s look at a few available on the market now.
“Japanese from Zero!” | Trombley
This is one of the most popular textbook series available because it’s approachable and easy to use.
As the title suggests, this book is designed for newcomers to Japanese with no previous experience in the language. With a handy introductory guide, you’ll learn reading, writing, and speaking in great detail, along with explanations of nuances found within even the beginning steps of the Japanese language.
There are also supplemental YouTube videos that accompany each lesson, which clarify points that learners may have questions about. This book is highly recommended for those who are self-studying!
- Ideal for beginners and intermediate students.
- Follows a lesson-based structure that covers grammar, vocabulary, writing, pronunciation and more.
- For students interested in extra practice, the series includes workbooks that are sold separately and can work as companions to the textbook.
“Living Language Japanese” | Living Language Method
Living Language is an established language teaching company that’s been around for years. You can find books specific to your level or purchase a complete package that includes books for all of them.
In this Japanese series, traditional textbooks are combined with a set of audio CDs and online resources to create a comprehensive experience for learning all the basics of Japanese. Focus is placed on the essentials of the language, meaning that the vocabulary and grammar you’ll encounter are the most common features of everyday Japanese conversation. Great for clearing the beginning stages of Japanese!
- Textbooks include CDs for speaking and listening practice.
- Price is reasonable considering the amount of material.
- Works well as a stand-alone course for those not enrolled in a formal class.
“Japanese, Comprehensive” | Pimsleur
Pimsleur is another well-respected language company that’s been around for years. Their method focuses on speaking and listening through audio, so it’s ideal for students who want to supplement other textbooks or course work with extra listening and speaking practice.
By breaking down spoken Japanese syllable by syllable and providing authentic dialogue, you’ll get a feel for the natural flow of the language, enabling you to better understand and participate in Japanese conversation. Plus, each lesson is half an hour or less, making it perfect for the on-the-go language learner.
- Excellent source of speaking and listening material for those who don’t have native Japanese speakers to practice with.
- Students quickly gain confidence through speaking and comprehension exercises.
- Level-specific packages or comprehensive sets are available.
“Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese”| Mayumi Oka Et Al.
For intermediate learners who are ready to get serious about Japanese, Tobira is a highly effective book for both self-learners and classroom learners. This is the Japanese textbook my university used for intermediate Japanese classes, as it’s a natural step-up from the beginner-focused Genki series.
The practice exercises are in-depth, with detailed explanations about grammar points. For instance, there are practice exercises at the start of each lesson to check your previous knowledge and introduce some of the new concepts that will be introduced. From there, you’ll read passages that feature written and spoken Japanese speech styles. The conversational pieces are great for those learning with friends!
Tobira’s website is one of its main features, with supplemental tools and thorough grammar and cultural notes to accompany each lesson.
- Offers a companion website with vocabulary, audio, and video materials to supplement textbook lessons.
- Supplemental grammar and kanji guides available to work through.
- Written mostly in Japanese, immersing you in the language as you’re learning it.
For those who want to excel and really understand the language in-depth, a Japanese grammar textbook is essential.
There are two basic types of grammar books: reference books, designed to provide big-picture information when students need it, and practice-based books, which teach grammar through exercises.
“Practice Makes Perfect” | Sato
As the name suggests, this is a practice-based book. Students learn grammar through a series of lessons that teach all the essentials.
Explanations of verb types, particles, clause modification and more are laid out plain and simple for the beginner. You’ll be able to work right in the book as you go through short lessons and exercises, perfect for even the most time-crunched language learners.
Key grammar concepts are supplemented with plenty of real-world examples, allowing you to immediately put into practice what you’ve learned.
- Suitable for beginners, easy to get yourself started and easy to understand.
- Exercises also cover phonetics, writing and other often-neglected areas of language learning.
- Usage dictionary included.
- Exercise-based approach helps students internalize grammar.
“A Guide to Japanese Grammar” | Tae Kim
Tae Kim runs a popular blog about Japanese, Chinese and “a dash of Korean.” Everything you could ever want to know about Japanese grammar is available on his website.
He has published his own grammar book through Amazon’s self-publishing platform, for those who want a physical copy of his blog’s content. This book covers all of the essentials of Japanese grammar in explicit detail, from basic sentence enders to advanced topics like negative volitionals.
The prime focus of this book is to give the learner building blocks that they can use to create a solid foundation in their knowledge of all things Japanese grammar. Since it exclusively focuses on the details of grammar, it makes a perfect companion for studying with other textbooks.
- Extremely detailed and comprehensive: covers grammar, writing, phonetics and more.
- Useful as a reference.
- Includes examples and vocabulary used by Japanese in the real world today, such as casual speech and slang.
- Recommended for long-term students who want a systematic, thorough approach and who don’t mind starting with the “hard stuff.”
“Japanese Verbs & Essentials of Grammar” | Rita Lampkin
This book covers all the essentials in 160 pages. It’s organized logically for easy reference and offers a good way for beginners to get up and running quickly. This book is divided into two parts: verbs and grammar.
Part 1 focuses on Japanese verbs, explaining their endings and forms, how to modify them and more. You’ll also get lessons on those pesky て and た forms, which are essential to advancing through Japanese grammar!
Part 2 explains various Japanese grammar points from the basics, such as particles, counters and conjugations. Everything a newcomer to Japanese needs to know is laid out in simple language, making this a great guide for those just starting out on their Japanese journey!
- Short yet comprehensive: all major grammatical concepts are included and explained, without the fluff.
- Suitable as a reference and includes tables that aid quick assimilation.
- Bonus audio material online.
- Has section with cultural information.
“New Kanzen Master JLPT N4: Grammar” | Etsuko Tomomatsu, Sachi Fukushima, Kaori Nakamura
One of a huge series aimed for those studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), this is an undoubtedly valuable resource for anyone studying Japanese grammar. The levels of these books correspond to the JLPT levels, ranging from N5 (easiest) to N1 (hardest).
I personally used the N2 version of this grammar book to study for the JLPT, and I was blown away by how thorough and easy to understand it was. Each grammar point is given a comprehensive explanation, detailing usage and limits for the terms.
There are also lessons about sentence structure and explanations on grammatical conjugations, where you can put into practice the new terms you’ve learned. Definitely owe my success on the test to this bad boy!
- Series available for all levels, beginners to advanced (JLPT N4~N1).
- Plenty of practice exercises with mock tests.
- Explains distinctions between similar grammatical phrases.
Learning vocabulary is a slow and steady process. There are a number of vocabulary books that are designed to help students learn the words they need to become more fluent.
Keep in mind that a vocabulary book is not the same as a dictionary.
Understanding when and how to write, spell and speak Japanese vocabulary is a complex thing, so vocabulary books exist to hold your hand a bit more than a dictionary would while learning.
“The Handbook of Japanese Verbs” | Taeko Kamiya
The Japanese language revolves around verbs—their conjugations, modifications and placement within a sentence. As such, a book like this focused on verbs and their usage will come in great handy.
It explains how verbs work and how they conjugate and relies heavily on exercises to ensure that students understand the material as they progress.
After breaking down Japanese verbs into their parts, readers are shown how they get mixed and matched with helping elements to convey a wide variety of meanings. Next, it shows how these verbs function in real Japanese sentences, with plenty of examples and practice questions to make sure that the meaning of each term is understood.
- Excellent for beginners and intermediate students who want a solid understanding of verbs.
- Exercise-oriented approach makes it ideal for self-study or students who want hands-on practice.
- Book includes several appendices and methods for looking up verbs.
“Japanese Vocabulary” (Barron’s Vocabulary) | Carol and Nobuo Akiyama
This book organizes thousands of common Japanese words into categories. From basics like greetings and numbers to more specific terms like travel and shopping, it’s easy to create a study plan from this book—the units are already comprised for you!
It’s excellent for beginner and intermediate students who wish to focus on specific areas or supplement their own studies with vocabulary. The pronunciation is given for every word, and if you need to find a certain word fast, there’s an easy-to-navigate section that lets you pick out the term you want, showing both English and Japanese meanings!
- Very reasonable price.
- Small yet comprehensive.
- Romaji makes it easy for beginners and topical organization lets students emphasize particular areas as needed.
“Modern Japanese Vocabulary: A Guide for 21st Century Students” | Edward P. Trimnell
Here’s another vocabulary builder that organizes terms by topic. The words taught in this textbook cover a variety of subjects such as law, the internet, dentistry, culture, history and more.
The great thing about it is that not only do you get the common terms you may be looking for, but you’ll get a series of related words that may come up in relation to that term as well. It gets incredibly specific too—in the section about family, it naturally includes words for spouses and relatives are included, but also offers words to describe romantic relationships. There are even notes on Japanese-specific expressions!
Note that in this version, all the readings are in kana, not romaji. This makes it great for those who are serious about getting in that reading practice.
- Useful for beginner and intermediate students who want to supplement studies with vocabulary.
- Kanji and kana included with easy-to-read fonts.
- Topics can be very detailed, so this is helpful for students who want to expand their vocabulary beyond the basics.
“Jazz Up Your Japanese with Onomatopoeia” | Hiroko Fukuda
Onomatopoeia is a huge part of Japanese but isn’t often covered in textbooks. Which is really a shame, because Japanese onomatopoeia can be used to express all sorts of concepts, feelings, sounds and more that English doesn’t have words for—but I sure wish it did!
This book contains a huge variety of onomatopoeia, getting into the details of everyday Japanese so you sound more like a native. To help readers learn how they’re used in sentences, sample dialogues are provided in Japanese, with transcriptions in romaji and English translations.
The introduction alone is worth the investment, as it explains the logic behind onomatopoeia and certain rules that it follows when it comes to sound associations. Did you know that each Japanese vowel symbolizes a certain aspect of onomatopoeia? I know I didn’t, until I cracked the spine of this book!
- Explains symbolism between sound and meanings of onomatopoeia.
- Written in casual, everyday Japanese to give an accurate sense of daily conversations.
- Offers cultural notes on certain nuanced points.
- Geared for intermediate learners.
Not all bilingual dictionaries are created equal. Some are better than others and some are more suitable for certain types of students.
“Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary” | Random House
This is a reasonably priced dictionary with tens of thousands of entries, ideal for beginner and intermediate students. With such a large collection, you’ll be hard pressed to find a word that’s not included!
It’s divided into two sections: a Japanese-English section and an English-Japanese section. The Japanese section is labeled based on romaji, with Japanese characters included (kana and kanji), so newcomers to Japanese can get right in without having to worry about kana they may still be shaky on.
- The Japanese-English portion orders entries by the English alphabet, so it’s quite easy to find words.
- Entries include Japanese kana.
- The number of entries makes it suitable for long-term use.
“Kodansha’s Furigana Dictionary” | Kodansha
This dictionary includes furigana—small hiragana written above kanji—to help students know how to pronounce words. This is a fantastic feature, as many dictionaries do not include the furigana readings of kanji. Students can learn kanji readings as they navigate this dictionary, giving them a leg up in their studies.
Like the Random House dictionary, it’s divided into a Japanese-English and an English-Japanese section. The Japanese-English section is written in Japanese kana, not romaji. There are also notes on words that may be vague in meaning, with example sentences that show them in their correct contexts.
- The Japanese-English section, ordered by kana, helps students learn the native Japanese kana order.
- Suitable for beginner and intermediate students.
- Example sentences included with each entry.
- Compact and portable.
“Kenkyusha’s New Japanese-English Dictionary” | Kenkyusha
This heavy-duty dictionary is the most thorough, in-depth dictionary on the market, packing a whopping 290,000 words.
Many entries have multiple sub-entries, allowing for precise definitions that allow you to understand the exact meaning of each word. Example sentences and detailed explanations abound, so that you’re fully informed as to what each word means, including ones that lack English equivalents.
What’s more, this is the dictionary used by translators and professionals, making it indispensable if you hope to get into that field yourself.
As a fun note, many people in Japanese-related fields call it the “Green Goddess” because of its trademark dark green cover.
- The go-to dictionary for students who plan to study Japanese for many years to come.
- Suitable for intermediate students, advanced students and translators.
- Later editions include more entries and more modernized terms than previous ones.
“A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar” | Seiichi Makino and Michio Tsutsui
Many Japanese teachers recommend this book to their students, and for good reason. This one-stop shop for all things Japanese grammar covers 600+ basic grammar points and gives in-depth explanations on every possible usage of each term.
Aimed at beginning Japanese students, this book provides definitions of each grammatical point and the particular characteristics it possesses. Several example sentences are provided for every entry, broken down into parts that show how the grammar functions in a Japanese sentence.
As if that wasn’t plenty of help already, the notes contain detailed explanations and exceptions that exist for every term. Truly, everything you could ever want to know about Japanese is in this book!
- Part of a three-book series of basic, intermediate and advanced grammar.
- Organized in alphabetical order for easy access.
- Example sentences break down the usage of grammar points for easy study.
“Sanseido Japanese Dictionary” | Hideho Kindaichi
If you want to look up Japanese the way Japanese children do, why not try a Japanese-Japanese dictionary?
There’s actually great value in studying Japanese in Japanese, as you’ll reinforce the terms you already know as well as learn how Japanese people define their own language—in other words, you’re seeing the words in their native contexts.
All of the definitions in this colorfully illustrated book are written in easy-to-understand Japanese, making it a valuable tool for intermediate learners looking to reinforce their Japanese.
This book also distinguishes homophones and explains key points of vocabulary, showing how words are used in sentences and ensuring you don’t get tripped up between similar-sounding vocabulary. Plus, all kanji include furigana, so as long as you’ve got your kana down, you can read this book!
- Designed for children, so it’s good for intermediate learners.
- Indexed in kana order, with kanji labeled based on grade level.
- Provides illustrations to reinforce the meaning of words.
Kanji books are another essential asset for any student of Japanese. Some are designed to help students learn Japanese characters and some are designed to act as references.
Both are useful for any student who plans to become fluent.
“New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary” | Nelson
This dictionary has been the industry standard kanji dictionary for years.
The Nelson dictionaries, both the compact and standard versions, include enough characters for most students. Kanji can be looked up by radical, pronunciation, stroke count and more.
For a comparable dictionary that includes a different system of indexing and more characters, see “The Kanji Dictionary” by Spahn.
- Excellent for students of any level.
- Each kanji includes a long list of vocabulary words.
- Includes a variety of appendices and indexes for additional look-up methods.
“A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters” | Kenneth G. Henshall
This book is designed to help students master kanji.
It contains all the General Use Characters and has extremely detailed etymology for each one, including historical character forms and previous meanings.
- Suitable for intermediate to advanced students.
- Entries include meaning, pronunciation and vocabulary words.
- Ideal as a supplement to other studies.
“Remembering the Kanji” | James W. Heisig
This book offers a different, story-based approach to learning kanji.
Each kanji element is associated with a story element, which is then used as a mnemonic device to aid memorization.
- Ideal for students who want a unique, systematic way to remember kanji and their meanings.
- Focused exclusively on memorizing meaning, as opposed to pronunciation, vocabulary and so forth.
- Suitable as a supplement to other coursework or studies.
“Basic Kanji Book, Vol. 1” | Chieko Kano Et Al.
This first book in a two-part course aims at teaching beginners basic kanji covers 250 characters. I fondly recall using this book and its second volume in my kanji classes years ago, working through the writing games and reading exercises along with my classmates.
Each lesson begins with a lesson on kanji as a whole, such as how radicals are composed, how kanji functions in the Japanese language and even common kanji in family names. Every lesson covers 10 kanji apiece, breaking them into their stroke orders and meanings, with reading and writing exercises in easy Japanese.
It also offers fun games after each activity to test what you’ve learned, such as Concentration, navigating shopping centers and even figuring out features in real apartment advertisements! Those real-world moments (including a whole TV guide in volume 2) are definitely my favorite parts of this series.
- Targeted at beginner-level students.
- Focuses on building reading comprehension and writing skills.
- Provides lessons on kanji structure to gain intimacy with kanji from its very foundations.
“The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Course: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering 2300 Characters” | Andrew Scott Conning
Personally, this book is the most well-loved out of all of my Japanese textbooks, and that’s not just because I’m a nerd for kanji.
This book aims to give its readers a solid foundation of kanji by taking them on a step-by-step journey through all 2,300 characters. Kanji are organized by Kodansha’s own system, grouping them based on difficulty and shared meanings, making it easy to build an effective study plan.
Every single kanji is explained in great detail, including stroke order, definition, readings and more. My favorite part has got to be the mnemonic guides for remembering characters—not only do they tell logical stories based on the kanji’s radicals, but some of them have made me double over in laughter.
For instance, the characters 厄 (やく, misfortune) and 危 (あぶ/き, danger) come one after another. The first kanji is described as a cliff with a broken body lying below it (quite unfortunate!). The second kanji tells the story of “a man peering over the side of a cliff, and upon seeing what happened to the poor man in the previous entry, senses danger.” Not forgetting those two kanji any time soon!
- Kanji is arranged based on shared units to maximize learning efficiency.
- Allows cross-referencing between similar-looking characters to learn the difference between them.
- Explains abstract concepts behind kanji with fun, easy-to-remember mnemonics.
- Contains an index that allows kanji to be looked up based on radicals, readings and more.
For all of the details of Japanese that trip you up no matter how hard you try, keeping a reference book handy will save you countless headaches.
These guides and references are essential to mastering the finer points of Japanese.
“All About Particles: A Handbook of Japanese Function Words” | Naoko Chino
Though Japanese particles can be rather tricky to master, they’re far from impossible to learn. All that’s required is a clear, concise guide to learn from—and that’s where this book is here to help.
This book offers thorough explanations on nearly 70 particles in the Japanese language, from basics like は and が to more complicated ones like だの and すら. Plenty of example sentences are provided to account for a variety of circumstances in which particles may appear.
For those that need a helping hand to figure out which Japanese particles to use in a sentence, it’s hard to find a better resource than this handbook. It makes for a great supplement to other textbook courses!
- Gives cross-references to explain when multiple particles can be used in the same situation.
- Good for all levels of Japanese learners.
- Focuses on building comprehension through context to allow for thorough understanding.
“A Dictionary of Japanese Particles” | Sue A. Kawashima
If I’d had a book that explained particles during college, my grades in Japanese probably would have been much higher. A comprehensive dictionary for those little bits of grammar? Yes please!
Starting with an explanation of the importance, purpose and functions of particles, this dictionary covers over 100 particles complete with example sentences, making it a valuable reference tool for those tricky terms.
Designed to be used by beginning to advanced Japanese learners, all particles featured are ones that are found in modern Japanese. Entries are written in romaji as well as kana for universal accessibility. The contents are arranged in English alphabetical order, so looking up just the particle you need is a snap every time.
- Features different patterns and arrangements of particles in example sentences.
- Offers colloquial terms in addition to formal terms.
- Includes exercises to practice using particles.
“Common Japanese Collocations” | Kakuko Shoji
“Collocations” are words or phrases that are often used together, in a way that sounds natural to native speakers. I guarantee you have a few in your native language!
This book features such words found in the Japanese language and showcases how they’re used in everyday life. Divided into incredibly detailed categories and sub-sections, you’ll find common phrases for every situation imaginable. For instance, the section “travel” is broken into streets, maps, airports, logistics and more. So you’ll be able to find specific terms for navigating Tokyo station!
Keep in mind that this isn’t a textbook in the traditional sense—it’s more like a guide for sounding more natural in Japanese. For those that seriously plan on getting to an advanced level in the Japanese language, this book is a great addition to your resource collection.
- Goes into abstract phrases that may not be covered by most textbooks.
- Organizes phrases based on one word/kanji, creating an easy index for learners to study from.
- Provides notes on common usage errors.
“The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary” | Jack Halpern
Made to be used with “The Kodansha Kanji Learners Course,” this comprehensive kanji dictionary features 3,000 characters. Basically, all the kanji you could ever want to know are bound in one convenient spot.
Meanings are given in order of importance and provide plenty of example words that contain the kanji. Some kanji serve as prefixes and suffixes, and this dictionary goes into how those are used as well.
Its most noteworthy feature is its unique system called SKIP (System of Kanji Indexing by Patterns), which organizes kanji based on patterns, rather than radicals. This makes it easy to accurately look up the character you’re searching for.
- Beginner-friendly index that allows for kanji to be quickly looked up.
- Detailed descriptions of characters and includes examples of compound words to demonstrate meaning.
- Color-coded entries to focus on core meanings and important characters.
Bilingual and Parallel Textbooks
You can study all the textbooks you want, but at the end of the day, you’re going to need to reinforce that study with real-world Japanese.
Here’s where bilingual and parallel textbooks come in handy.
Written in both Japanese and English, they’re designed to help Japanese learners take the step from formal studies to authentic Japanese. Reading Japanese stories allows you to explore ways of thinking that you may have never considered before, making for a wonderfully captivating experience.
Not only that, you’re being exposed to Japanese as it was meant to be experienced by native speakers, and with an English translation right alongside the Japanese text, you’ll be able to keep your momentum going.
Plus, you’ll get the added bonus of being able to brag about reading Haruki Murakami in Japanese!
“Japanese Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Japanese & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way!” | Lingo Mastery
Designed for newcomers to written Japanese, this book has 20 Japanese short stories that feature paragraph-by-paragraph translations to guide you through your first foray into Japan’s world of literature.
Translations are provided line by line, meaning that you get a line of Japanese followed by a line of English underneath. At the end of each story, you’re provided with a summary of the material, a vocabulary list and questions to check your comprehension.
If you’re new to reading stories in Japanese, this book should be on the top of your list.
- Engaging stories that provide repeated exposure to new vocabulary words.
- Provides quizzes at the end of each story to check your understanding.
- Great for supplementing textbooks.
“Short Stories in Japanese: New Penguin Parallel Text” | Michael Emmerich
This book features eight short stories by famous as well as up-and-coming Japanese authors like Banana Yoshimoto, Kasushige Abe and Hiromi Kawakami. Three of these stories have never been published in English before—making for brand new material that you can enjoy!
With stories that cover a variety of themes and page-by-page parallel translations in English, engaging literature in the Japanese language is right at your fingertips.
This book is an extremely flexible tool for those with a bit more Japanese knowledge under their belts. If you want to test yourself, it’s easy to cover the English translation and read the Japanese alone, or you can use it as a reference point as you work through the text. Furigana for kanji are included, but only once, so this material is designed to push you towards kanji fluency.
- Provides notes and annotations for smooth comprehension.
- Aimed at intermediate to advanced learners.
- Kindle and paperback editions available.
“Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers” | Michael Emmerich and Reigo Matsunaga
As the title suggests, this book provides modern Japanese stories by some of the top authors in Japan today. For those of you who want to know what Japanese people are really reading, look no further.
Stories are arranged based on difficulty, with furigana provided for all kanji. While there are no full English translations, only detailed notes on each page, this format makes for a good challenge and allows the reader to focus primarily on the Japanese language.
There is also a section for each story that explains certain literary elements found in the stories. For example, if there’s a verb in an unusual place that serves to create a specific scene, these notes will provide a thorough explanation as to how and why this usage works. A great way to get familiar with more “flowery” Japanese!
- Aimed for high intermediate or advanced learners.
- Includes a dictionary to allow readers to check every word featured in the stories.
- Gradually increases in difficulty with wordplay, complicated vocabulary and literary devices.
- Great for those interested in translation.
“Japanese Stories for Language Learners: Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English” | Anne McNulty & Eriko Sato
This book features classic Japanese stories that focus on Japanese culture and literary tradition. If you ever wanted to read famed stories like “Kumo no Ito” or “Yuki Onna” in their original Japanese, these entries with parallel English translations are the perfect chance to take a crack at it.
Designed for intermediate and advanced students, these stories are laid out in a way that enables you to study from them. After the page-by-page parallel translations, you’ll find a vocabulary list and a list of translator’s notes that explain certain complex passages and justify certain decisions for the English translation. Finally, you’ll get a quiz that allows you to check your comprehension of the new terms you’ve learned from the story.
For those of you learning with others, there are also discussion questions that enable you to check your interpretation of the material. Try this book for your next study group!
- Comes with MP3 CD containing recordings of each story.
- Vocabulary lists, discussion questions and quizzes to check comprehension.
- Features translator’s notes to increase understanding of terms difficult to translate into English.
There are certainly more Japanese textbooks for learning the language out there, but this list includes some of the most authoritative, popular and effective titles and publishers in the industry.
If you’re a serious student of Japanese, you’ll definitely want to have a few of these on your bookshelf.
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And One More Thing…
If you love learning Japanese with authentic materials, then I should also tell you more about FluentU.
FluentU naturally and gradually eases you into learning Japanese language and culture. You’ll learn real Japanese as it’s spoken in real life.
FluentU has a broad range of contemporary videos as you’ll see below:
FluentU makes these native Japanese videos approachable through interactive transcripts. Tap on any word to look it up instantly.
All definitions have multiple examples, and they’re written for Japanese learners like you. Tap to add words you’d like to review to a vocab list.
And FluentU has a learn mode which turns every video into a language learning lesson. You can always swipe left or right to see more examples.
The best part? FluentU keeps track of your vocabulary, and gives you extra practice with difficult words. It’ll even remind you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. You’ll have a 100% personalized experience.
The FluentU app is now available for iOS and Android, and it’s also available as a website that you can access on your computer or tablet.
90,000 【Japanese】 Japanese Course 2021-2022: Conversation Schedule (1-5 Years)
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Below you will find a table of the schedule of interviews with applicants from 1 to 5 years, which will be held from 20 to 22 July.
This is the final stage of the selection. The decision on the passage of applicants to this stage was made based on the results of a written assignment (1 year) and the results of screening questionnaires (2-5 years).
Due to an unfavorable epidemiological situation, conversations will take place remotely on the ZOOM platform (install the client program or the ZOOM application on your device in advance). For applicants for the 1st year, the interview will be held in Russian only. And for the 2nd year and older, part of the conversation will be conducted in Japanese to determine the level of proficiency in it for each applicant, depending on the course for which he is applying.
A link to participate in the ZOOM conference together with ID and password will be sent to the e-mail address indicated in the questionnaire 2 days before the interviews.
For the convenience of identifying your person, we ask you to use your real full name in the conference .
We kindly ask you to join the conference on the day and at the time at which you are invited to take part in the conversation. We will invite each applicant separately from the waiting room. If it is impossible to participate on the appointed day and time, please contact us by mail [email protected] until July 18th . The transfer is possible only within the formed schedule (July 20-22).
20 July (Tuesday),
17:00 – 18:00
18:30 – 19:30
19:30 – 20:30
21 July (Wednesday),
17:00 – 18:00
18:30 – 19:30
19:30 – 20:30
July 22 (Thursday),
17:00 – 18:00
18:30 – 19:30
19:30 – 20:30
20:30 – 21:30
90,000 Schedule of the Olympic Games in Tokyo-2020 for July 26 – volleyball, tennis, swimming, artistic gymnastics
On Monday, July 26, tennis players continue to hike for gold at the Tokyo Olympics, volleyball and water polo players are playing the second match, and they also fly for new ones arrow medals.And not only! Introducing the schedule for the fourth day of the Games.
Badminton, group stage
04:00 Moscow time, men singles
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04: 00 Moscow time, women singles
04:00 Moscow time, men doubles
04:00 Moscow time, women doubles
04:00 Moscow time, mixed
Basketball, men doubles
04:00 Moscow time, women: Group A (South Korea – Spain)
07:40 Moscow time, men: Group C (Argentina – Slovenia)
11:20 Moscow time, women: Group A (Serbia – Canada)
15:00 Moscow time , men: Group C (Japan – Spain)
Basketball 3×3, group stage
04:15 Moscow time, women: Japan – China)
04:40 Moscow time, women: Mongolia – Romania
05:35 Moscow time, men : Belgium – China
06:00 Moscow time, men: Serbia – Japan
08:00 Moscow time, women: Romania – Russia
08:25 Moscow time, women: Italy – Japan
09:00 Moscow time, men: Japan – Russia
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09:25 Moscow time, men: Latvia – Serbia
11:30 Moscow time, women: France – Mongolia
11:55 Moscow time, women: Italy – USA
12:40 Moscow time, men: Netherlands – Belgium
13:05 Moscow time, men: Poland – China
15:00 Moscow time, women: USA – China
15:25 Moscow time, women: France – Russia
16:00 Moscow time, men: Russia – Latvia
16:25 Moscow time, men: Netherlands – Poland
05:00 Moscow time, men, flyweight, 52 kg: 1/16 finals
06:36 Moscow time, men, 2nd middle, 75 kg: 1/16 finals
07:39 Moscow time, women, featherweight, 57 kg: 1/8 finals
09:00 Moscow time, men, mountain bike, cross: final
Water r olo, qualification
08:00 Moscow time, women: Group B (USA – China)
09:30 Moscow time, women: Group B ( Russia – Hungary)
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12 : 20 Moscow time, women: Group A (Australia – Netherlands)
13:50 Moscow time, women: Group A (Spain – Canada)
Volleyball, men, qualification
03:00 Moscow time, Group A (Iran – Venezuela)
05:05 Moscow time, Group B (USA – Russia )
08:20 Moscow time, Group A (Poland – Italy)
10:25 Moscow time, Group B (France – Tunisia)
13:40 Moscow time , Group A (Japan – Canada)
15:45 Moscow time, Group B (Brazil – Argentina)
Beach volleyball, qualification
03:00 Moscow time, women: Group D (USA – Latvia)
04:00 Moscow time , men: Group B ( Russia – Mexico)
05:00 Moscow time, women: Group D (Brazil – Kenya)
06:00 Moscow time, women: Group A (Canada – Germany uya)
09:00 Moscow time, men: Group A ( Russia – Australia)
10:00 Moscow time, women: Group F (Switzerland – Czech Republic)
11:00 Moscow time, men: Group B (Czech Republic – Latvia)
14:00 Moscow time, women: Group F (Japan – Germany)
15:00 Moscow time, women: Group A (Switzerland – Netherlands)
16:00 Moscow time, men: Group A (Norway – Spain)
Handball, men, qualification
03:00 Moscow time, Group A (Brazil – France)
05:00 Moscow time, Group A (Argentina – Germany)
08:15 Moscow time, Group B (Egypt – Denmark)
10:15 Moscow time, Group A (Spain – Norway)
13:30 Moscow time, ruppa B (Bahrain – Portugal)
15:30 Moscow time, Group B (Japan – Sweden)
13:00 Moscow time, men, all-around, teams: Final
Russian men’s national artistic gymnastics team
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Kayaking and canoeing qualification
08:00 Moscow time, men, slalom C-1 (single canoe): 1/2 yinal
09:30 Moscow time, men, slalom C-1 (single canoe ): Final
05:00 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: Preliminary round
05:05 Moscow time, women, lightweight, 57 kg: 1/16 finals
05 : 35 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: 1/16 finals
06:30 Moscow time, women, lightweight, 57 kg: 1/8 finals
07:00 Moscow time, men, light weight, 73 kg: 1/8 finals
07:25 Moscow time, women, lightweight, 57 kg: 1/4 finals
07:40 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: 1/4 finals
11:00 Moscow time, women , light weight, 57 kg: Consolation fights
11:10 Moscow time, men, light weight, 73 kg: Consolation fights
11:35 Moscow time, women, light weight, 57 kg: 1/2 finals
11:50 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: 1/2 fin ala
12:10 Moscow time, women, lightweight, 57 kg: fights for 3rd place
12:30 Moscow time, women, lightweight, 57 kg: final
12:40 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: fights for 3rd place
13:00 Moscow time, men, lightweight, 73 kg: final
06:05 Moscow time, women, windsurfing (RS: X ): Race-4-5-6
06:05 Moscow time, men, Laser class: Race-3-4
08:35 Moscow time, women, Laser class Radial: Race-3-4
09:05 Moscow time , men, windsurfing (RS: X): Race-4-5-6
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04:35 Moscow time, men freestyle, 200 m: Semi-finals
05: 00 Moscow time, women, breaststroke, 100 m: Semi-finals
05:40 Moscow time, men, back, 100 m: Semi-finals
06:05 Moscow time, women, back, 100 m: Semi-finals
13:00 Moscow time, women, freestyle 200 m: Preliminaries
9 0002 13:25 Moscow time, men, butterfly, 200 m: Preliminary heats
13:50 Moscow time, women, complex swimming, 200 m: Preliminary heats
14:15 Moscow time, women, freestyle, 1500 m: Preliminary heats
04:30 Moscow time, women, butterfly, 100 m: Final
05:20 Moscow time, men, breaststroke, 100 m: Final
05:30 Moscow time, women, freestyle, 400 m: Final
06:20 Moscow time, men, freestyle, 4×100 m relay: Final
Diving 90 785
09:00 Moscow time, men, 10 m platform, synchronized jumping: Final
Rugby qualification, men
03: 00 Moscow time, Group B (Fiji – Japan)
03:30 Moscow time, Group B (UK – Canada)
04:00 Moscow time, Group A (New Zealand – South Korea)
04:30 Moscow time, Group A ( Australia – Argentina)
05:00 Moscow time, Group C (South Africa (South Africa – Ireland)
05:30 Moscow time, Group C (USA – Kenya)
9 0002 10:30 Moscow time, Group B (UK – Japan)
11:00 Moscow time, Group B (Fiji – Canada)
11:30 Moscow time, Group A (New Zealand – Argentina)
12:00 Moscow time, Group A (Australia – South Korea)
12:30 Moscow time, Group C (USA – Ireland)
13:00 Moscow time, Group C (South Africa (South Africa – Kenya)
Surfing at the Olympic Games
Photo: Getty Images
01:00 Moscow time, women, shortboard: Round III
03:00 Moscow time, men, shortboard: Round III
03:00 Moscow time, women, street: Qualification
05 : 00 Moscow time, women, street: Final
Softball, qualification, women
04:00 Moscow time, Group round (Japan – USA)
08:30 Moscow time, Group round (Canada – Italy)
14:00 Moscow time , Group round (Mexico – Australia)
03:00 Moscow time, women, round stand
0 4:00 Moscow time, men, round stand
08:50 Moscow time, women, round stand: Final
09:50 Moscow time, men, round stand: Final
03 : 30 Moscow time, team championship: 1/8 finals
07:45 Moscow time, 1/4 Finals
09:17 Moscow time, 1/2 Finals
10:15 Moscow time, match for 3rd place
10: 40 Moscow time, final
Photo: Getty Images
05:00 Moscow time, men singles: 1/16 finals
05:00 Moscow time, women singles: 1/16 finals
05:00 Moscow time, men doubles: 1/8 finals
05:00 Moscow time, women doubles: 1/8 finals
04:00 Moscow time, men singles: Round II
04:00 GMT Women Singles: Round II
08:30 GMT Men Singles: Round III
08:30 GMT Women Singles: Round III
14:00 Moscow time, mixed doubles: Match for 3rd place
15:00 Moscow time, mixed doubles: Final
04:00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: 1/8 finals (8 fights)
04:15 Moscow time, men, 68 – 80 kg: 1/8 finals (8 fights)
08:00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: 1/4 finals (4 fights)
08:15 Moscow time, men, 68 – 80 kg: 1/4 finals (4 fights)
10:00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: 1/2 finals (2 fights)
10:15 Moscow time, men , 68 – 80 kg: 1/2 finals (2 fights)
13:00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: Consolation fights
13:15 Moscow time, men, 68 – 80 kg: Consolation fights
14: 00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: Fights for 3rd place
14:15 Moscow time, men, 68 – 80 kg: Fights for 3rd place
16:00 Moscow time, women, 57 – 67 kg: Final
16:15 Moscow time, men, 68 – 80 kg: Final
00:30 Moscow time, men individual first state: Final
07:50 Moscow time, women, 55 kg: Group B
13:50 Moscow time, women, 55 kg: Final, group A
03:00 Moscow time, women, saber, individual per-in: 1/32 finals
Sophia Velikaya, Russia – France, World Cup 2019, team saber
Photo: Getty Images
03:25 Moscow time, men, foil, individual per-in: 1/32 finals
03:55 Moscow time, women, saber, individual per-in: 1/16 finals
05:35 Moscow time, men, foil, individual per-in: 1/16 finals
07:35 Moscow time, women, saber, individual submission: 1/8 finals
08:25 Moscow time, men, foil, individual submission: 1/8 finals
09:25 Moscow time, women, saber, individual per-in: 1/4 finals
09:50 Moscow time, men, foil, individual per-in: 1/4 finals
12:00 Moscow time, women, saber, individual 1st first: 1/2 final
12:50 Moscow time, men, foil, individual competition: 1/2 final
13:50 Moscow time, women, saber, individual competition: Final for the 3rd place
14:15 Moscow time, men, foil, individual per-in: Final for 3rd place
14:45 Moscow time, women, saber, individual per-in: Final
15:10 Moscow time, men, foil , individual per-in: Final
Field hockey, qualification
03:30 Moscow time, men: Group B (Germany – Belgium)
04:00 Moscow time, women: Group A (Netherlands – Ireland)
05: 45 Moscow time, men: Group B (UK – Canada)
06:15 Moscow time, women: Group B (Australia – China)
12:30 Moscow time, women: Group A (South Africa (South Africa – UK)
13 : 00 Moscow time, women: Group B (Argentina – Spain)
14:45 Moscow time, women: Group B (Japan – New Zealand)
15:15 Moscow time, women: Group A (Germany – India)
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90,000 53rd Japanese Film Festival / Homeland
The 53rd Japanese Film Festival will take place in St. Petersburg from 12 to 23 December!
Screenings are officially supported by the Consulate General of Japan in St. Petersburg.
You can be sure of two things – the sunrise and the diversity of the Japanese Film Festival, a beautiful and permanent component of the Russian cinematic landscape. In the new program, films for the whole family are side by side with more extreme genre samples.
But in every picture, be it the fantastic comedy Dance with Me, the adrenaline-filled youth thriller 12 Children Who Want to Die, the quivering documentary biography of the wonderful pianist Fujiko or the rainbow-colored comedy about children (but not only for them) “We are little zombies,” there is magic.The indescribable charm of cinema. And a high art class: every film is born for the big screen. If you don’t have time to see everything, choose according to your mood: you crave secrets and thrills – the criminal comedy “Fable” and the detectives “Hotel Masquerade” and “Destiny” will do. Love witty and funny and sad films about the relationship between parents and children – at your disposal are “Laundering of apartments”, “Today is a mocking bento again” and “My dad is a villain wrestler.” If you are interested in what kind of “rubbish” classic Japanese literature grows, see the poignant biography of Dazai Osamu “Confessions of an Inadequate Man”.And here is a whole scattering of bright and impossible comedies in any other country in the world: “Moving in a samurai”, “Little song of the heart”, “Banana in the middle of the night.” And “Came from the Sea” is the visiting card of Kodji Fukada, winner of the Cannes “Uncommon View” and participant in Locarno, his signature drama with paradoxical and humanistic directorial optics.
PROGRAM AND SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS:
December 12, 19:00 – HOTEL “MASKARAD” grand opening of the festival
A sophisticated detective story about the dark side of Tokyo
December 13, 19:00 – CONFESSION OF A “DEFEATED” PERSON: OSAMU DADZAI AND THREE WOMEN
Film biography of the famous Japanese writer
December 15, 17:00 – WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES
Adventures of cheerful orphans – in bright colors and at breakneck speed of a video game
December 14, 15:00 – CHILDREN OF THE SEA
As a child, Ruka saw a ghost in the waters in the aquarium where her father works.And now she feels a strange craving for water, which only intensifies when she meets Umi and Sora – boys raised by dugongs.
December 14, 17:10 – DANCE WITH ME
Magic comedy with hypnosis and songs
December 15, 13:00 – MY DAD – RESTLER VILLAIN
Funny and sad – for all families without exception
December 16, 19:00 – BANANA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT: TRUE STORY
A comedy with flip-flops – about a selfish disabled person and kind people
December 17, 19:00 – TODAY AGAIN STUDYING BANTO
Mothers and Daughters: Adventurous Rebellious Version
December 18, 19:00 – COMING FROM THE SEA
A history of friendship and humanity beyond the tsunami and wars of
December 19, 19:00 – 12 GUYS WHO WANT TO DIE
Screen adaptation of the detective thriller
December 20, 19:00 – MOVING IN SAMURAI
Is it easy to be a samurai: the answer is in the comedy about adolescence and adventures
December 21, 16:30 – LITTLE HEART SONG
Screen adaptation of a pop song with a lot of music and love
December 21, 18:50 – FABL
Action comedy about a hitman on vacation – not black, but colorful
Dec 22, 15:30 – FUJIKO: PIANIST OF SILENCY AND LONELINESS
Documentary chronicle of incredible musical destiny
December 22, 17:40 – FATE: THE STORY OF KAMAKURA
Unusual Manga Detective with Faith in the Power of the Writer’s Word
December 23, 19:00 – APARTMENT LAUNDERING
Ornate family drama – no skeletons in closets, but with real ghosts
All films are shown in their original language with Russian subtitles.
Consulate General of Japan in St. Petersburg
Cinema Center “Rodina”
90,000 Paralympics-2020 in Tokyo: the schedule of competitions for athletes of the Samara region | Sports news
Today, August 24, the opening ceremony of the Summer Paralympic Games will take place in Tokyo (Japan).
In connection with the two-year sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency adopted in December 2020, Russian athletes will compete under the abbreviation RPC – Russian Paralympic Committee
Samara region will be represented at the Paralympics by 3
Vyacheslav Lensky – swimming (sports for people with musculoskeletal disorders), Olga Poteshkina – swimming (sports for people with intellectual disabilities), Nikita Prokhorov – athletics, shot put (sports for people with musculoskeletal disorders).
Schedule of performances of athletes at the Paralympics 2020:
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – 100 meters butterfly
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – 200 meters freestyle
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – mixed relay 4×100 meters
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – 100 meters breaststroke
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – 200 meters complex swimming
Swimming (sports of persons with musculoskeletal
Vyacheslav Lensky – 100 meters freestyle
Athletics (sports of disabled persons
Nikita Prokhorov – shot put
Swimming (sports of persons with musculoskeletal
Vyacheslav Lensky – 400 meters freestyle
Swimming (sports for persons with intellectual disabilities)
Olga Poteshkina – 100 meters back
Swimming (sports of persons with musculoskeletal
Vyacheslav Lensky – 100 meters on the back
90,000 How to join the gamescom 2021 stream from Xbox
In just 24 hours, gamers around the world will be gathering to watch the gamescom 2021 broadcast from Xbox to hear the latest news on previously announced games from Xbox Game Studios and partners.
The broadcast will last approximately 90 minutes. Get news on some of the biggest games coming to Xbox, upcoming updates to the Xbox Game Pass library, and more.
Wherever you are in the world, you can join the view if you have a screen and have access to the Internet. Don’t put it off any longer, let’s talk about the schedule.
When will the broadcast take place? Tuesday, August 24 at 8:00 pm ET.
How to view? We will be streaming the presentation on the official Xbox channels including Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
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90,000 Ike Yukinobu, captain of the Japanese wheelchair rugby team: preparation for the Paralympic gold
Interception of the ball with the transfer of the whole body weight. The fall. Hard hit on the floor. Every few seconds, the muffled noises of wheelchair collisions are heard throughout the gym. Wheelchair rugby is a brutal sport and has been nicknamed “the killer game” for a reason. Interview with the captain of the 2018 World Cup winning Japanese wheelchair rugby team ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Time to take a deep breath
—— The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in 2020, caused many problems for athletes planning to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics. How did you spend that year and a half?
Ike Yukinobu: The first thing I experienced was mystical fear. At first, I did not understand the degree of danger and lethality of this virus, so I was pretty nervous. However, the pandemic helped me realize the value of things that until now seemed to be something natural – health, family, friends…
—— What have these one and a half years brought you?
—— I planned my training in such a way as to reach peak shape in August 2020, but the pandemic disrupted all plans. Immediately after the Rio Olympics, I had a continuous cycle of preparation, but the pandemic allowed me to take a deep breath.
—— Deep breath?
—— I have prioritized the things that matter to me, evaluated my capabilities, and adjusted my training schedule.I gave my all to rugby, and there was almost no time left for my family. I have two sons – 14 and 11 years old, but the dates of competitions and training camps often coincided with school holidays, so I was able to visit school only a couple of times. Before, I practically did not see my family, but during the pandemic I began to communicate more with children. It feels like I’ve been on summer vacation. I cleaned up the area around the house, got a license to drive a boat and started going out on my favorite fishing, – I started doing what I didn’t have enough time for before.It is natural for a person to focus on the negative aspects of life, but I decided to concentrate on the moments that could change my life for the better.
—— Many strive to live this way, but often words do not match deeds, and many still have not adapted to the changed life.
—— The first month was difficult, I just could not accept the situation and switch to positive. However, I experienced many failures that overtook me just at the moment when life was getting better.At the age of 19, I got into an accident, lost friends and became disabled. I survived, but in two and a half years I had to undergo more than 40 operations. “This is the last operation,” “There will be no more operations,” I was told, but the postoperative period was complicated, and I was again operated on. It went on forever, and every time I felt stressed. Subsequently, I was able to play volleyball in wheelchairs, began to go to the training camp of the national team, the prospect of participating in international championships appeared, and then they found an aneurysm on my hip and imposed a ban on physical activity.Then there was a stress fracture that did not go away for three whole years. I was again forbidden to move and I was in despair. Thanks to these experiences, I became more careful during the good times in my life and learned to switch.
—— What problems has the pandemic brought you as captain of the Japanese national team?
—— When the decision to postpone the Paralympics was made in 2020, I organized an exchange of views with the team members in the LINE group chat. I attach great importance to communication, and I myself have freely expressed myself in the chat.Some could not switch in any way, others lost motivation and became discouraged, but I thought it was normal. Everyone lives at their own pace, and if a person is rushed, he will get stuck in this state and will not be able to go forward. These people managed to get into the national team, I believed in their strength, therefore, as a captain, I did not force anyone to communicate and did not rush.
Looking for the image of a leader
—— Has your understanding of the team captain’s job changed after you became national team captain in 2014?
—— I am interested in leadership and read a lot on this topic.The ideal leader, in my view, is a person with an inner core, fair and communicating with all team members, without exception. If the captain is too active and seeks to do everything himself, the rest will not be able to develop, they will stop expressing their opinion. A talented captain is not the only recipe for success.
—— Have you been a leader since childhood?
—— When my friends and I met, I quickly took the reins into my own hands. In middle school, I headed the basketball team, and when I came to wheelchair basketball, I was also the captain for a while.A leader doesn’t have to be static. I go through trial and error, creating my own style, processing information from books and dignity noticed from other leaders.
—— The lineup for the Paralympic Team was recently announced. The team has become more diverse in age than at the Paralympics in Rio.
—— Each of the 12 players has a distinct personality. We have a really different age team, a lot of young people came. Outside the court, they are embarrassed to communicate with elders, so I would like to create conditions for young people to freely express their opinions, and veterans point out points that young people do not yet notice.Young people will develop our sport after the Tokyo Paralympics, and I hope that they will be able to prove themselves.
Life Lessons in America
—— Ahead of the 2020 Games, you relocated to the United States and played in the League as a member of a local team.
—— For one season (October 2018 – April 2019), I did play in the American League with the Alabama team. It was the best time in my sports life – I made the decision to go abroad and was in great shape.My chosen team, Lakeshore Demolition, was the last in the second division, and I understood that I had to try my best to win.
—— What are your impressions of life in America?
—— In my free time I trained on my own, went shopping, cooked … I had to do everything myself. We went to the store with the team members, and conversations with different athletes helped me understand in which direction to move on. I think this is the main lesson of life in America.One day an athlete without arms and legs invited me to eat sushi. It was necessary to go to the restaurant in his car. The thought of driving in a car driven by a man without arms terrified me, but to my great surprise, he turned out to be an excellent driver. Another athlete who became disabled after a neck injury in the war once said: “Thanks to your arrival, I have a bigger goal.” I realized that I could do what I had previously given up because of my disability. Both in Japan and abroad, I felt that I was able to change people for the better.And when I got this experience in America, I felt the joy of being in this country.
—— There are very few wheelchair rugby athletes in Japan, so interaction with overseas athletes is needed to improve their playing skills. What would you like to say to the younger generation?
—— It is necessary not only to practice rugby, but to strive to learn and understand society. The Paralympic circle and the rugby world are very small, it is only a tiny fraction of society.When you go out into society and face the world outside your little world, you have a chance to contribute to society. You can find anything on the Internet, but the effect of direct presence, when you hear voices and feel the atmosphere on your skin, is incomparable. Japan already has excellent rugby conditions, but what about developing countries? We still have a lot to do, especially in the field of promoting this sport, and I put my hopes on our youth.
Reprinted from GO Journal 5, published August 24, 2021.
Photos: Ninagawa Mika
Interview and text: Joshigaya Senichi
Thank you for your collaboration GO Journal
90,000 Beach Soccer World Cup 2021: Schedule and Results
On August 19, the Beach Soccer World Championship kicks off in Moscow, in which the Russian national team has every chance of a title.
The upcoming World Cup will be the 11th in a row and the first in history to be held in Russia. Dates of the competition: August 19-29.16 teams will come to the championship at once. Recall that for political reasons, the Ukrainian team refused to voluntarily attend the tournament. Its place will be taken by the Swiss team.
A total of 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams. The first stage of the competition is group. Each team will fight once against all rivals, after which the top 2 teams from each quartet will advance to the playoffs.
The playoffs will start from the quarterfinals stage and will begin on August 26th. The final match will take place on the 29th.At the first stage of the competition, the Russian national team will compete with teams from the USA, Paraguay and Japan. By the way, Russian footballers will be among the favorites of the upcoming competitions, bookmakers will give them second place (coefficient – 3). The main favorite, in their opinion, is the Brazilian team (coefficient – 2). In addition to Russia and Brazil, players from Portugal and Spain are also among the top favorites.
Schedule and Results of the Beach Soccer World Cup 2021
August 19, 15:00: UAE 4: 3 (d.c.) Tahiti
August 19, 4:30 pm: Paraguay 4: 7 Japan
August 19, 19:00: Mozambique 4: 8 Spain
August 19, 20:30: Russia 5: 4 (d.v.) USA
20 August, 15:00: Switzerland 6-5 (pens) Brazil
20 August, 16:30: Senegal 6-1 Uruguay
August 20, 18:00: Portugal 5-3 Oman
20 August, 19:00: Belarus 6-5 (pins) El Salvador
August 21, 15:00: Tahiti 12: 8 Spain
Aug 21, 4:30 pm: Japan 4: 3 US
August 21, 19:00: Mozambique 4: 2 UAE
August 21, 20:30: Russia 5: 4 (pens) Paraguay
August 22, 15:00: Brazil 4-2 El Salvador
August 22, 04:30 PM: Uruguay 4-2 Oman
22 August, 18:00: Portugal 3-5 Senegal
22 August, 19:00: Belarus 3-7 Switzerland
Aug 23, 15:00: Spain 5: 3 UAE
23 August, 4:30 pm: USA 4: 9 Paraguay
23 August 19:00: Tahiti 8: 7 Mozambique
23 August 20:30: Japan 1: 7 Russia
August 24, 15:00: El Salvador 7: 8 Switzerland
24 August, 16:30: Oman 3-2 Senegal
24 August, 18:00: Uruguay 7-6 Portugal
24 August, 19:00: Brazil 5-0 Belarus
August 26, 15:00 Senegal – Brazil
August 26, 16:30 Switzerland – Uruguay
August 26, 19:00 Tahiti – Japan
August 26, 20:30 Russia – Spain
Beach Soccer World Cup 2021 standings
|3||Mozambique 91 765||3||3|
|1||Switzerland||3||7 91 765|