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A library guide to support Japanese language studies

New Japanese Books

Japanese Graded Readers: Level 0, Vol. 1-3 w/ Audio CD

A pack of six mini-books each with a story perfect for the beginning student of Japanese to practice basic vocabulary and reading comprehension. This series of booklets are colorfully illustrated and include a CD of all the stories. All kanji have furigana and the stories use appropriate grammar and vocabulary for beginning level students.

Periplus Pocket Japanese Dictionary : Japanese-English, English-Japanese

It's never a good idea to be overly-relient on technology while traveling! Look up words quickly and easily with this great travel-sized Japanese dictionary

Breaking into Japanese Literature: seven modern classics in parallel text

Reading great books in the original should be the culmination of language study, but reading Japanese literature unassisted is a daunting task that can defeat even the most able of students. Breaking into Japanese Literature is specially designed to help you bypass all the frustration and actually enjoy classics of Japanese literature. 

The Kodansha Kanji Synonyms Guide

Jack Halpern is a renowned expert in East Asian linguistics and author of Kodansha's best-selling written Japanese resource The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Dictionary. 

The Kodansha Kanji Learner's Course: a step-by-step guide to mastering 2300 characters

This is an innovative and highly effective system for learning and remembering kanji, or Sino-Japanese character. It contains all 2,136 common 'joyo' kanji, and 164 useful non-joyo kanji. They are specially arranged to maximise efficiency of acquisition. 

Japanese Kanji and Kana : a complete guide to the Japanese writing system

This comprehensive book helps you learn the 92 essential Kana characters and 2,136 standard Kanji characters. 

Jazz up Your Japanese with Onomatopoeia : for all levels

Onomatopoeia is one of the most outstanding features of the Japanese language. Its acquisition is essential for students who wish to speak (or understand) natural Japanese, read literature or manga, or watch anime in the original. 

The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide: an A to Z of Kun homophones

The first-ever guide to native-Japanese words that sound the same but are written with different characters, often with subtly different meanings. The KODANSHA KANJI USAGE GUIDE enables learners to deepen their understanding of how script is used in contemporary Japanese. 

Random House Japanese-English English-Japanese Dictionary

This dictionary is designed for non-native speakers of Japanese, perfect for business people and students. There are over 50,000 entries, including the most common meanings. Japanese terms are shown in romanized Japanese and standard Japanese characters. The romanized entries are listed in alphabetical order, so no knowledge of Japanese is required.

Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary

Browsing through the pages of Kodansha's Furigana Japanese-English Dictionary, you will notice something different: none of the Japanese entry words appearing in this book have been romanized. 

Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary

A comprehensive, communicative, and practical guide to using Japanese, Kodansha's Furigana English-Japanese Dictionary is an invaluable reference tool for anyone with an interest in the Japanese language. 

Common Japanese Collocations

Collocations are word combinations that occur in natural speech more frequently than can be explained by chance. In English, we say, take a bath (or have a bath in British English), but in Japanese the equivalent is get in a bath, o-furo ni hairu. This title introduces the most frequently used noun-and-verb and noun-and-adjective combinations.

New eBooks!

Finding Books on Japanese Language & Culture in the CCSF Libraries

Books in the CCSF Library are organized by subject area according to the Library of Congress Subject Headings and call number system. Texts to help students learn about Japanese language and culture include dictionaries; books on grammar and usage; short stories, novels, poetry, and drama; and books on Japanese history and culture.


PL501-889 Japanese language and literature
PL501-699 Japanese language
PL700-889 Japanese literature
PL700-751.5 History and criticism
PL752-783 Collections
PL784-866 Individual authors and works
PL885-889 Local literature 

Finding Books

BookSearching for library resources goes better when you:

  • enter words for topics (keywords), authors, or titles, rather than questions.
  • use dropdown menus & checkboxes (limiters/facets) to zone in on exactly what kind of thing you want.
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How to Find Ebooks How to Find Print Books

To find ebooks:

  • use the "Books and Media" tab on the Search the Library box. After running the search on the word(s) you entered,
  • Filter My Results navigation on left side of the page. Options selected: Available Online and Books (filters checked)On the left side of the screen find the Filter My Results options--Check "Available Online" under "Availability" and "Books" under "Resource Type." 


To find print books: 

  • use the "Books and Media" tab on the Search the Library box. After running the search on the word(s) you entered,
  • "Filter My Results" options in OneSearch with the filters "available on campus" and "books" selected.On the left side of the screen find the Filter My Results options--Check "Available on Campus" under "Availability" and "Books" under "Resource Type." 

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