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Library Research Guides

Japanese Studies

Selected information resources on Japanese Studies at University of Michigan

JLPT Study Materials

Test-preparation books for every level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

All available books in the catalog

Information on taking the JLPT by The American Association of Teachers of Japanese

Reading Practice

Serious and fun ways to practice your reading comprehension.

  • Children's Picture Books

    Note that the books are shelved by the subject of the story, so they will not all be in the same place.

    To find these books through Mirlyn’s Advanced Search, enter “Juvenile Fiction” in the Subject Field, and set Language to “Japanese” and Format to “Book”   at the bottom.

Multimedia

Kanji and Vocabulary Books

Apps and Websites

Textbooks and Self-Study

All the textbooks used in classes here at the University of Michigan. Most are available from the Reserves Desk at the Askwith Media Library, inside Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

E-books in learning Japanese

Japan-Related Student Organizations

  • Japan Student Association (JSA)

    JSA was founded to bring both Japanese and non-Japanese students together to foster a better understanding between the cultures. It is a social and educational group dedicated to providing a means for members to learn the different aspects of Japan; the people, culture, and the land.

    (From JSA’s Maize Pages profile)

  • Hyakunin-Isshu Karuta Club (HKC)

    The HKC exists to promote Japanese culture in the University of Michigan community by expanding interest in a traditional Japanese artform and sport.

    (From the HKC’s Maize Pages profile)

    The HKC has compiled their own list of Karuta-related resources.

  • Animania

    Members participate in anime related social events and put on monthly screenings for the general public including our annual convention Con Ja Nai!

    (From Animania’s Facebook page)

  • Kendo Club

    Part of the Midwest Kendo Federation (MWKF).

  • Aikido Yoshokai

    Aikido Club affiliated with the Genyokan Dojo in Ann Arbor.

Or see a very thorough list compiled by U-M's hub for all things Japan, the Center for Japanese Studies.

*Acknowledgement: This lib-guide of "Learning Japanese" was created by Cecilia Caride. April 23, 2015.