Reading Japan offers the student readings on geopolitics, education, language, Japanese-ness and ethnicity, gender and history, with the dual aims of broadening students’ understanding of Japan and of providing opportunities to read authentic Japanese texts.
Each chapter contains an essay in English, a selection of readings in Japanese, comprehensive vocabulary lists, discussion questions and a list of sources and additional readings.
Pitched at Intermediate to Advanced and B1-C1 level, this reader is not simply a language textbook; it offers students a chance to learn and think in depth about Japan as they build confidence in reading real-world Japanese texts.
"This is a unique collection of Japanese texts in a variety of topics of Japanese culture and society for those who are at the intermediate to advanced level of Japanese language… and will be an excellent learning and teaching resource as a reader of Modern Japanese texts, in various yet important major topics of Japanese Studies area. Although the style of this book serves well for more disciplinary area study than language learning, I am sure that students will learn Japanese grammar, vocabulary and phrases by an exposure to the authentic academic texts in addition to deepening the learners’ knowledge of Japanese culture and society." Fumiko Narumi-Munro, Teaching Fellow in Japanese, The University of Edinburgh, UK
"Reading Japan is a compilation of an excellent range of texts of various styles and topics for advanced-level learners of Japanese language. Combined with an academic essay on each topic, it provides an ideal starting point for students wishing to further their reading skills or endeavoring on their research journey." Yasuhisa Wantanabe, Lecturer in Japanese, Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Chapter 1 日本史：朝家と武家 - Japanese history: the imperial family and warriors | Chapter 2 教育と近代日本の発展 - Education: The emergence of Japran's modern education system | Chapter 3 日本語いろいろ：和製語と方言について - Japanese language: waseigo and dialects | Chapter 4 ジェンダー について - Gender issues in Japan | Chapter 5 笑いとは - Humour in Japan | Chapter 6 日本人であることとエスニシティ - Japanese-ness and Ethnicity | Chapter 7 東アジアの地政学 - Japan and the geopoliticas of Northeast Asia