Based on 635 reviews
Great way to get started

I ordered the book, then discovered I could get the same content for free by getting other content. Downloading the pdf was great so i could have practice papers and not have to use the book. However the book is much smaller and easier to keep in my bag to study whenever I can. So much of the content in JapanShop relies on the ability to recognize basic words and sentences it only made sense to concentrate on Hiragana first then move on to others.

I'm glad you still got some use out of the paperback!

Yes, I believe concentrating on hiragana and katakana first is worth the time. Japanese is hard to separate from the written language and therefore mastering kana early on will spare you trouble down the road. I hope the book helps! Let us know if you have any questions.

GeorgeAmol Review

Well-structured book, useful CD with clearly registered dialogs; I hope that it will be helpful to the N5 Japanese Language Proficiency Exam.

I hope it helps with the test!


The person I got it for loves it. It was just the right size.


Finally, I have all the beginner bundles!!! I listen to the podcast during my daily walks. This will make it a lot easier to study the sentences and kanji. And I'm sure it will be as awesome as the other ones.

JLPT N5 Bundle

I have studied Japanese more than 30 years ago. However, I did not practice it over the years. I found this advertised on my Facebook and got curious about it and I purchased it since it's not very expensive. I did not regret purchasing it as I felt that the materials are easy to understand and would be good to help me refresh on the language.

I'm so glad you found us! Thank you--if you have any questions as you go through the material, please let me know.

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Cathy Dopp (Grand Rapids, US)
Putting the Pieces Together...

I'd been playing with online Japanese lessons and games before I started these courses. They were helping pick up the Hiragami and some vocabulary - but not any real instructions on how to think or speak actual Japanese conversations. I looked at some Japanese grammar books that were pretty dry and overwhelming. This course is already filling in a lot of the missing links in a fun and bite-sized way.

That's great! Thank you so much. Please let me know if you have any questions as you go through the material (my email is found in the books)

Love it

I love it. I have been using various methods to learn...but these materials after a year of trying other ways...actually quickly put some things to bed I was not quite understanding. They are well done and are way more involved than I was expecting. I literally bought more of the packages within a week of getting this set because I think they are a great resource on their own or in conjunction with other methods.

Great shirt

Sizing was spot on, shirt material felt good, print looked like it was quality. Looking forward to wearing it outside and starting awkward Japanese conversations.

That's great! I hope it sparks many conversations, even the awkward ones. :)

Great Books

I really like these books. I bought all the readers, 1 - 17. The audio is really well done with a slow and fast version. Great explanations. I highly Recommend these books.

Thank you SO much! We deeply appreciate it. More to come soon.


Perfect fit, perfect message.

Actually useful

It's helping me to learn new word and the books are actually funny. I still regret that I cannot read the ebooks on my Kobo Touch

Glad you liked it! Did you try the 'kepub.epub' versions? Those are actually made for the Kobo devices. I haven't tried it on every device, but please try that file format if you haven't already.

Funny, motivating and interesting.

As funny, motivating and interesting as the 1st one!
Great job!...

Thank you! We'll add more to this bundle soon.


I have a feeling you'll be seeing more of me... As I make my journey to fluency.

Awesome! Thank you so much. :) We are working on adding exercise worksheets for the JLPT N5 bundle. You'll get that as a free update as soon as it is released. がんばって!

Makoto Issues 19-24 Value Bundle [DIGITAL DOWNLOAD]
tiziano fiorini (Serramazzoni, IT)
Always good for learners

Makoto is always an interesting way to approach japanese language expecially for beginners. I needed to complete my set and I asked by mail the missing numbers. Mr Clay answered immediately so I could download them in a very short time.

Thank you! I'm glad you are enjoying Makoto, and I'm glad I could help. Let me know if you have any other questions.

very interesting

Although I have just started using this book for a class I am currently taking. I can say that if you are a total novice in the language this might be intimidating at first.

I hope you enjoy your class (and, more importantly, Japanese!). If you have any questions, just send us an email. We'll be happy to help. がんばって!

JLPT 4 + 5

I bought both JLPT4 and 5. Excellent value for money! The audio files help with the pronunciation. Thank you for the quality and your effort to put all this material together!!

Thank you! I'm glad to hear you like it. We'll be adding more to the N4 (and probably the N5 bundle as well) soon.

Great bundle

I’ve bought this bundle to combine it with my textgrammar and it is great. The grammar section is really clear and well made, and the kanji and reading parts are excellent as well as all the audio files!

Thank you! I'm glad to hear it is helping. Let us know if you have any questions.

Good quality

My only complaint is that it smelled bad in the package, like vinegar almost? But it’s very strong and off putting. It’s not a big problem, I was gonna toss it into the wash either way, and otherwise the shirt is good quality and the printing on the front doesn’t look like it would peel off or anything, so I’m satisfied!

Sorry for the smell! Hopefully, it will go away with a wash.


So many font sizes...and the Japanese font was tiny. I couldn't read them.

Sorry for the trouble!

What device are you using it on and what format (ePub or MOBI) are you using? Also, which book did you have the most trouble with?

The PDF should look the best, but the ePub and MOBI files should work. If not, we can get that fixed for you.

Easy to read and understanding.

If you already learn hiragana & katakana and want to go further I recommend this bundle.

Super way to learn Japanese

Reading, vocab, and oral comprehension built into one. And, you address Kanji head on. Wish I had a similar resource when starting Chinese and Korean. Would have saved oodles of time and frustration. teaches real, contemporary Japanese., too. Could not be more satisfied. Five Stars.

Thank you! I'm glad it is helping.

Love it

This is the kind of humor that Americans love but my Japanese friends require some explanation. On the other hand everyone can relate to computer glitches which makes the t-shirt universal. People can figure it out even if they are not up on kanji.

Glad you like it! Sorry for the trouble with your latest order, but we'll get the other shirt to you ASAP.

Love it!

I look forward to wearing the shirt to my local sushi place.


Hi Clay and Yumi - just wanted to write here that I really like the Mike's diary stories (and the other bite sized stories too). They are perfect for my level and allow you to experience success quickly. They are interesting too. Thank you! I strongly recommend this bundle for anyone, especially at a beginner / upper beginner level. Fantastic.

That's great to hear! I will work on more beginner-level stories soon.

Quick envoice

Nice T-shirt. I received the T-shirt three days after shopping it and surprisingly without customs payment.

That's great! I'm glad you like it. I'm especially glad to hear there wasn't a customs charge.