About us


RETURNS: We welcome returns for any reason within 60 days of the order. In most cases, we can offer 100% refunds but if the item has been damaged or opened, we may have to reduce the amount of the refund or offer 100% store credit. Buyer pays the return shipping--unless we mess up! If it is our fault, we will issue a full refund and pay to have the item shipped back to us.

SHIPPING: US customers can enjoy FREE shipping (usually Media Mail or First Class) for orders over $45. Otherwise, shipping is just a flat $6.95. 

International customers, shipping starts at $18, and is based on weight.



Way back in 2001, Yumi & Clay Boutwell had just finished their first book, Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese, and wondered how best to sell it. Their popular and free Japanese learning site, www.TheJapanesePage.com, was a logical choice.

That worked fine for a while, but as they added more books and Japanese related materials to the catalog, it was soon evident that having a dedicated store site made more sense.

Clay & Yumi

Sometime, in early 2002, www.TheJapanShop.com was born. 

Today, TJS (The Japan Shop) stocks books by Clay & Yumi as well as textbooks, grammars, kanji books, and JLPT books from world class publishers in the Japanese world. In addition, The Japan Shop now sells Japanese traditional toys such as Kendama, Japanese bentos by Better Bento, and is an official distributor of the Seikei Designs line of flatware.


Clay & Yumi -- Owners
Pam -- Shipper
Benjie -- Webmaster

Clay & Yumi Boutwell


P.S. Last year, the family (Clay, Yumi, Makoto (10), and Megumi (7)) visited Japan and had fun "teaching" English at the same Japanese elementary Yumi went to many years ago. 

It was a lot of fun!