Japanese Stories for Language Learners - Bilingual Stories in Japanese and English (includes CD) is a bilingual book for reading in Japanese and English. It includes five very well-known Japanese stories as well as a CD on which these stories are read by Japanese native speakers. The book is suitable for intermediate and advanced level students.
The book starts with two Japanese Folklore stories: Urashima Taro (The fisherman Urashima) and Yuki Onna (Snow woman). The other stories have been written by renowned 20th century authors:
- Kumo no Ito (The Spider's Thread) by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892-1927)
- Oborekaketa Kyôdai (The Siblings who almost drowned) by Takeo Arishima (1878-1923)
- Serohiki no Goshu (Gauche the Cellist) by Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)
Main features of the book:
-Glossary with vocabulary and expressions
-Reading comprehension exercises and suggestions for book discussion