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Learn by reading novels in Japanese! NEW

Picking up a novel in Japanese and reading seems like a daunting challenge even for students who have studied Japanese for a number of years. But there is no better way to expand your vocabulary, tidy up your grammar and improve your comprehension skills than by reading. We've selected a wide range of fun, easy to read novels to get you started. The lessons cover the vocabulary you will encounter in each chapter of the novel, as well as explanations of any difficult sentences, so you can concentrate on your learning, and have lots of fun in the process!

かがみの孤城 (The solitary castle in the mirror)

Winner of 7 major book prizes in 2017 and 2018, and selling over 500,000 copies, the solitary castle in the mirror tells the story of the first year middle school student Kokoro, and her adventures in the mysterious castle beyond the mirror in her room.

With an intriguing story you won't be able to put down, かがみの孤城 (The solitary castle in the mirror) is the perfect novel for intermediate to advanced learners to improve their Japanese reading skills with.

西の魔女が死んだ (The witch of the west is dead)

After finding herself unable to attend school anymore, middle school student Mai spends her summer with her beloved grandma - affectionately knows as "the witch of the west". There, under the guidance of her grandma, she begins her training to become a witch ...

Have fun learning Japanese by reading the touching novel 西の魔女が死んだ (The witch of the west is dead). Also available as a movie which follows the dialog from the novel almost word for word!

王女ルウ (Princess Rue)

"With a nickname of the 'Bloodstained Rue', the princess has forced me to become her lover. I could not oppose her at all. After which, within the palace I bore witness to many things."

Take your Japanese to the next level with these fun lessons while reading the Japanese novel 王女ルウ (Princess Rue).

ムーミン谷の十一月 (Moominvalley in November)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel ムーミン谷の十一月 (Moominvalley in November).

ムーミンパパの思い出 (Moominpapa's memoirs)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel ムーミンパパの思い出 (Moominpapa's memoirs).

ムーミン谷の夏まつり (Summer festival in Moominvalley)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel ムーミン谷の夏まつり (Summer festival in Moominvalley).

たのしいムーミン一家 (The fun Moomin family)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel たのしいムーミン一家 (The fun Moomin family).

ムーミン谷の仲間たち (Friends of Moominvalley)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel ムーミン谷の仲間たち (Friends of Moominvalley).

ムーミン谷の彗星 (Comet in Moominvalley)

Learn Japanese by reading about the fun adventures of the Moomins in the novel ムーミン谷の彗星 (Comet in Moominvalley).

ライオン・キング (The Lion King)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney movie The Lion King.

美女と野獣 (Beauty and the Beast)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

ムーラン (Mulan)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney movie Mulan.

メリダとおそろしの森 (Merida and the terrifying forest)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney Pixar movie Brave.

塔の上のラプンツェル (Rapunzel at the top of the tower)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney movie Tangled.

アナと雪の女王 (Anna and the Snow Queen)

Study by reading the Japanese novelisation of the hit Disney movie Frozen.