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Language Learning Center Programs:Japanese


Japanese Films in the LLC

Eijanaika. Dir. Shohei Imamura. 1981.

Grave of the Fireflies. Isao Takahata. English & Japanese Subtitles. 2002. 88 min.
Grave Kagemusha. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. 1980.
Kiki's Delivery Service.
Kwaidan. Dir. Masaki Kobayashi. 1964.
Minbo-Or the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion. Dir. Juzo Itami. 1994.
Rashomon. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. 1951.
Rikyu. Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara. 1990.
Seven Samurai. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. 1954.
Tampopo. Dir. Juzo Itami. 1987.

Basic Japanese by Video:
Canyon Word Cannon Word Processor. User Video Guide.
Causatives/Causative - Passives, Japanese Structural Drills.
Culture of Japan: Observing Every Day Customs/Lifestyles. Chapters 5-6. missing
Professor Suzuki; How Are You? Chapter 5. missing
Your Japanese is Good! Chapter 6. missing
Culture of Japan. Chapters 7-8.
Culture of Japan. Chapters 9-10.
Contemporary Business Japanese. missing
Honorific Expressions 1 (Honorifics)
Honorific Expressions 2 (use of honorific language in real situations)
Interactive Japanese, Review Tape.
Japanese 112 Spring Semester Skit Video
Japanese 212 Debate, Spring 1994.
Japanese 495 Interview.
Japanese for Busy People #1.
Japanese for Busy People #2.
Japanese in the Spoken Language.
Japanese Version. missing
Language and People. missing
Language and People All in a Day's Work. missing
Language and People & All in the Family. missing
Passive/Causative Passive Japanese 395.
Sazae-San Video (cartoon).
Video Letters from Japan.

SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning)

Japanese Studies at ODU

Writing Practice:

Japanese-Lesson is an online, self-study website for learning the proper way of writing Hirgana, Katana and Kanji characters, as well learning everyday Japanese vocabulary. For the Hirgana and Katakana character set, their is an explanation of the stroke order of the characters, their pronunciation, the alterations done to a characters for an alternate sound and the punctuation used in modern Japanese with their proper Kanji characters. The website also includes charts and practice sheets for writing Hiragana and Katakana.


Jisho is a Japanese-English dictionary that lets you navigate by typing the desired word in character form or spelling it with the Roman alphabet, drawing the character with the mouse or using their voice recognition feature. The entries for most words include a pronunciation audio file, Hirgana characters for reading Kanji, stroke number and stroke order, particles in the Kanji characters and examples of words that use target Kanji.




Japan's NHK World operates international television, radio, and Internet service, and has broadcasts on Japanese culture and lifestyles, in addition to its coverage of national and international news. There are also some Japanese language lesson offered on the website. NHK World Premium is a Japanese-language television distributor of news, entertainment, and sports programs. NHK World Radio Japan broadcasts news and information programs in 18 different languages. "Web Watch."The Language Educator August/September 2015: 58. Print.


On the Japanese Classical Literature at Bedtime podcast, Kasumi Kobayashi, whose nickname is Kaseumin, reads some Japanese stories aloud.

Student Activities in the U.S.:

College-level Japanese speech competition for the greater Washington Metropolitan area.

Study/Work in Japan:

The official website of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). This is the first site you want to explore if you are interested in studying in Japan. Click on "Study in Japan" to see the list of schools and various scholarships.

Typing Japanese:

For Further Learning and Entertainment:

Free Japanese learning website developed by the Japan Foundation; includes interactive games, videos, and manga for beginners.

Websites, online tools and ideas for Japanese learners by the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai, Japan (for beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners).

A collection of articles related to Japan with cute illustrations and plenty of photos.

Bilingual radio program by a popular Japanese singer, song-writer.

Newsletter for Japanese women living in Hampton Roads.

ODU Student Work Samples:

Stick-puppet show written and performed by students taking the second semester of the first-year Japanese.


  • The Key to Kanji: A Visual History of 1100 Characters By Noriko Kurasawa Williams. Cheng & Tsui Company Inc. Boston, U.S. 2010.

  • Nakama 1. Seiichi Makino, et al. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston U.S. 1998.

  • Nakama 1 Workbook/Laboratory Manual. Yukiko Abe Hatasa, Kazumi Hatasa. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston U.S. 1998.
  • Nakama 2. Seiichi Makino, et al. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston U.S. 2000.

  • Nakama 2 Workbook/Laboratory Manual. Yukiko Abe Hatasa, Kazumi Hatasa. Houghton Mifflin Company. Boston U.S. 2000.

  • Genki: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese. Eri Banno, Yutaka Ohno, et al. The Japan Times, Ltd. Tokyo, Japan. 1999.


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