Here you have 8 entertaining and culturally interesting Japanese short stories for beginners and intermediate Japanese learners. This book is easy to read and the English parallel text which follows in blocks. At the end of each story you find the key-vocabulary words so you don't have to look up every word. Also, each story is followed by exercises that develop comprehension skills.
Toru Watanabe is the narrator of the story. The story is told from the first person perspective. The narrator goes back to his past and describes the days while he had been living as a college student in Tokyo, Japan.
This particular short analysis of “Spring Snow” by Yukio Mishima is part of our Continuing Education Series, which hopes to provide readers with thoughtful consideration of various books, stories and essays.
This is a story of a dramatic event that happened to a boy named Harukichi one warm afternoon in autumn. Harukichi goes to a small school in a small village. Sometimes Harukichi is embarrassed by the way his classmates behave. One day a new teacher named Mr. Fuji arrives from the big city. Another interesting character in this story is Ishitaro. Ishitaro likes to fart. A lot.
Giovanni is having trouble concentrating at school because he's tired from his part-time job and he doesn't have time to play with any of his friends any more. His local village is getting ready to hold their annual star festival, but Giovanni feels as if he's been left out. But then the most amazing thing happens, and Giovanni finds himself riding on a train heading through the Milky Way.
This is perhaps the most famous of Kenji's short stories and one of his personal favorites, as it was the title story of his one and only self-published collection of short stories. Two hunters go on a hunting trip in the country and end up completely lost. Luckily they come across what appears to be an extremely popular restaurant…but everything is not as it seems.
Nankichi Niimi is undoubtedly one of Japan's most highly regarded writers of fantasy fiction. Book 3 of Tales from a Japanese Dreamland is an introduction to Niimi's writing through one of his most famous children's stories.
The highlight of this delightful children's story is the beautiful description of the foxes' journey through the snow covered woods during the middle of the night.
Kenji Miyazawa is undoubtedly one of Japan's most highly regarded writers of fantasy fiction. Book 1 of Tales From A Japanese Dreamland is an introduction to Kenji's writing through his well-known poem Ame-ni-mo makezu and the story of Kenju, which can be thought of as an extension of that poem.
Note that both these stories can be found in Book 4 & 5 of the series Tales from a Japanese Dreamland.