Japanese books, language resources and films

  • Books are shelved by subject rather than language, so you may need to use various sections of the JHBB Library for your Japanese course.

    Japan: an introductory guide to finding information (Word or PDF) shows you how to find reading lists, print and e-books, and also gives details of useful sections of the library for Japanese Studies.

    If you want to find books to help you with study skills, take a look at this online list of Modern Languages study skills resources. It includes topics such as: writing academic essays; spelling, punctuation and grammar; exam preparation and technique; undertaking dissertations and research projects

  • Books and other resources for learning Japanese are shelved on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). Here are some key sections:

    • Japanese language…495.6
    • Dictionaries (Japanese, Japanese/English)… 495.6321
    • Japanese grammar…495.65
    • Learning Japanese; Japanese language usage…495.68
    • Tell Me More: Japanese  virtual language centre kit available to borrow from the Library…495.682421  
    • Graded readers including the Brookes series Let's Read Japanese…495.686. For more details of Japanese literature, short stories & easy readers, see the section below.

    Freely available online: Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese

    Let's Read Japanese

    Brookes teaching staff have been involved in producing a series of graded readers in Japanese called Let's Read Japanese. Copies are available for you to borrow from the Library shelved at 495.686/LET. You can find them on the Library Catalogue by searching for "Let's Read Japanese". 

    Easy readers

    Other easy readers are available in the Japanese language books section (Level 2), including:

    • Emmerich, M. and Matsunaga, R. Read real Japanese fiction: short stories by contemporary writers...495.6824/REA
    • Sasaki, H. (2002). Practical Japanese through comics: 150 phrases...495.6824/SAS       
    • Ashby, J. (1994). Read real Japanese...495.6824/REA
    • Murray, G. (2007). Exploring Japanese literature: read Mishima, Tanizaki and Kawabata in the original...495.686/EXP

    Japanese literature

    Japanese literature is shelved around 895.6 on Level 4 of the Library. NB You'll now find these books in Zone E (the silent study room). We have modern and classic fiction in translation and short story collections such as:

    • Emmerich, M. Short stories in Japanese...895.63/SHO
    • Goossen, T. W. The Oxford book of Japanese short stories...895.63/OXF

    Keshiki: new voices from Japan
    If you want to explore some modern Japanese writers in translation, take a look at this series of eight chapbooks which showcase the work of some of the most exciting writers working in Japan today:

    1. Time differences - Yoko Tawada ; translated by Jeffrey Angles
    2. Friendship for grown-ups - Nao-Cola Yamazaki ; translated by Polly Barton
    3. Spring sleepers - Kyoko Yoshida
    4. Marikio - Natsuki Ikezawa ; translated by Alfred Birnbaum
    5. The girl who is getting married - Aoko Matsuda ; translated by Angus Turvil
    6. At the edge of the wood - Masatsugu Ono ; translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter
    7. Mikumari -  Misumi Kubo ; translated by Polly Barton
    8. The transparent labyrinth - Keiichirō Hirano ; translated by Kerim Yasar

    Find out more about the authors


    Manga texts in translation are shelved around 741.5952 on Level 4 in Zone B. Browse this list Japanese films and manga to find out what series are available.

    Anime and feature films on DVD

    The Library holds a large collection of Japanese feature films and anime on DVD which you can borrow. To see if we have a particular film, search the  Library Catalogue for the title or director, or take a look at this list Japanese films and manga for full details of what DVDs are available. You can also browse the shelves on Level 4, Zone D around 791.430952 for Japanese feature films or 791.43340952 for anime. 

    Box of Broadcasts

    Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is a service which gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own. Check this list Japanese films and manga  for a selection of Japanese films available on BoB.

    Useful sources for research

    If you are looking for articles about manga or anime,  Mechademia is a really useful journal and you can find lots more articles on the databases  Performing Arts database and  Art Full Text.