Submit your own Japanese bookshelf [here] - would be great to post up a collection of them!
1. An old Famitsu magazine from a friend - I hope to post up a few scans and translations of this at some point!
2. Tobira Textbook and Kanji book - check out my review of this textbook series in the link!
3. Genki Series textbooks and workbooks - You’ve probably all heard of the Genki series by now! Great for beginners, but I still use Genki 2 for reference on some verb conjugations.
4. Kanji Look and Learn - made by the same people who make Genki, this textbook is great for your first 500 Kanji. Every Kanji has mnemonic images and stories, and it’s genuinely useful.
5. DK Eyewitness Japan - a comprehensive travel guide!
6. Donna Toki Dou Tsukau - A grammar dictionary with most of the grammar for JLPT N5 - N1. A really excellent resource - check out my review in the link above.
7. Kokugo Jiten - a Japanese - Japanese dictionary with lots of pictures and charts. Check out my review in the link above.
8. Kodansha’s Essential Kanji Dictionary - an excellent Kanji dictionary which I use on a daily basis to look up Kanji fast. Review coming up soon!
9. 英語で日本紹介ハンドブック - by far my favourite and most useful resource; meant as a learning tool for Japanese learning English, it can be used both ways. Read extracts here.
10. All about Particles a great book outlining simple but comprehensive explanations of the various difficult particles in Japanese.
11. Various Japanese-language Manga; Nichijou, Yotsuba and Reborn!
12. Oxford Japanese Grammar and Verbs - ironically written by my lecturer at the University of Manchester, it provides simple explanations for basic grammar with some great examples.
13. Exploring Kyoto - not so much a language guide, but a useful gift from a Japanese friend!
14. Japanese-English, English - Japanese Romanized Dictionary - good for looking up words fast that you’ve heard in Dramas or Anime without thinking about the Japanese spelling.
15. LonelyPlanet Japanese Phrasebook - a fairly standard phrasebook with lots of things you’ll never use, but many other things that are really useful and can’t be found in textbooks.
16. Mini Japanese Dictionary - enough common-use words to be useful in lessons (and small enough to carry), but not quite good enough to outweigh an online/electronic dictionary.
17. ひらがなトランプ - hiragana playing cards, keeping these because they’re too cute!
So, show me yours! :)
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