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Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop
Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi - The Japan Shop

Japanese Reader Collection Volume 1: Hikoichi

Regular price $ 9.99

NOTE: This is also available in the Complete Japanese Reader Collection Bundle.

Perfect for beginning and upper beginning students of Japanese. This affordable Japanese reader contains four complete stories of a clever and mischievous young man, Hikoichi.

Get FREE MP3s of the stories read by a native Japanese speaker. Listen while reading. The link to the MP3s is found on the last page. NEW–just added four new MP3s: each story read slowly for increased comprehension.

Read–in Japanese–how the wise and young Hikoichi shows his smarts with these four short stories in Japanese. Yes, you can read real Japanese–even if you are just starting out in Japanese.

  • All Japanese have furigana (printed version) and romaji for those starting out.
  • Four full traditional Japanese stories about Hikoichi.
  • Every sentence is broken down word-for-word and with an explanation of the grammar.
  • The full story in Japanese only (without the running gloss) is also provided so you can practice reading without interruption.
  • Finally, we have included a simple and mostly literal English translation for you to check your understanding (Don’t cheat! Work through the Japanese first!).
  • Download the FREE MP3s to listen while you study. Includes both normal speed and slow speed readings.

The first story has the lord of the castle testing Hikoichi in a Solomon-esque question–which young lord is the true young lord? The second story shows choosing the first and most favorable isn’t always best. In the end, only Hikoichi can enjoy the cherry blossoms. The third story is about a mysterious, but the living umbrella. Some things are just too good to be true. We wrap things up with Hikoichi’s encounter with a Tengu–a mythical creature whose straw raincoat renders its wearer invisible. While beginners to Japanese can get a lot from this, hiragana knowledge is required. Finally, we invite the reader to contact us with questions or requests for future Japanese readers. You will find our personal email addresses in the book. To your Japanese!

Please note: you will receive a zip file which must be opened with a PC or Mac. Later, you can send the files to your phone or tablet.

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Fantastic

These are a really great resource. A varied collection, and I really appreciate the audio at two different speeds! The running gloss is very nicely put together and immensely useful, as well.

Great for listening!

I really really enjoy listening and reading these stories. I am learning words and kanji easier now that I have something fun and interesting to read! Also my listening comprehension has gone up!

Japanese history reader vol. 1-3 bundle

Better than I expected. +++++++

Excellent, Fun Way to Learn Japanese

Entertaining and great for those of us in the not-so-advanced stages of learning Japanese. I found having the audio read at normal and slow speed very helpful. I could listen on slow and catch things I wasn't as familiar with for further study and then on normal to check my comprehension after studying.

Thank you! I'm glad to hear the two speeds for the audio helps. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please let me know.
Love them!!

I absolutely LOVE them! They are super easy to follow, interesting and best of all- they work! My understanding has jumped several levels since I started using them! Definitely recommend!!

That's wonderful to hear. We have more coming soon. Of course, you'll get that as a free update.