5 Books About Japan

Published on July 22nd, 2010.

I’ve really been stacking up on books about Japan lately, my last order included Arcade Mania!, The Otaku Encylopedia and My Darling is a Foreigner, and out of those I’ve only had time to finish the last one mentioned. So with the 5 books I got from Amazon today, I have a total of 7 books to read!

In this order (orders actually), I got the 5 books seen above.

Idle Idol

Not quite the “idol” I usually refer to, in this book it refers to the nationwide mascots, such as Anpanman, Doraemon and the Kappa. This is a part of the Japanese culture that I definitely need to study more, there are so many of them, so this book will definitely do me good.

Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot

Drainspotting

If you’ve been to Japan, you’ve most likely noticed that the Japanese like to design their manhole covers. This book guides you through those cool manhole covers in pictures, there’s a map even in case you want to see them in person.

Drainspotting

Urawaza

This is a book I’ve been wanting to get for over a year now, and now I’ve finally got my hands on it. The slogan “Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan” pretty much says it all. It’ll help you get those zits off your face, teach you how to swim backwards, make a baby stop crying and much more.

Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan

70 Japanese Gestures

A guide to Japanese body language. It can be frustratingly difficult to explain yourself or understand someone if you don’t speak each other’s body language. For example, “me” and “ugly” has a very similar gesture in Japan ;)

70 Japanese Gestures: No Language Communication

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

Perhaps the book I’m most interested in reading, it includes pretty much everything about the different kinds of Japanese teenagers, such as idols, sailor girls, cover girls, gyarus, actresses and much more.

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool

I will post about these books again as I finish reading them so I can give them a good full review. Just thought I’d do a short introduction post, in case you’d want to get your hands on some of them yourself!

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  • ShiningStar

    Looks like you wanna turn Japanese haha. :D
    It would be great if you could scan them, or resell once you’we read them. :D

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Haha, I just want to learn a lot^^;

      I’m not gonna resell them though, I collect them! They aren’t that expensive in the first place though, so you could just buy them new.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Oh and I don’t really feel like spending my weekend scanning 200 pages of a book XD

  • ShiningStar

    Looks like you wanna turn Japanese haha. :D
    It would be great if you could scan them, or resell once you’we read them. :D

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Haha, I just want to learn a lot^^;

      I’m not gonna resell them though, I collect them! They aren’t that expensive in the first place though, so you could just buy them new.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Oh and I don’t really feel like spending my weekend scanning 200 pages of a book XD

  • http://www.ragunaru.com Ragnar

    The author of Urawaza also runs a Japan related blog, if you’re interested: http://www.tokyomango.com

    All seem awesome books. *Wants*

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Yeah I read her blog, it’s good! :) That’s where I first found the book. But thanks!

  • http://www.ragunaru.com Ragnar

    The author of Urawaza also runs a Japan related blog, if you’re interested: http://www.tokyomango.com

    All seem awesome books. *Wants*

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      Yeah I read her blog, it’s good! :) That’s where I first found the book. But thanks!

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    I have 2 of these myself, Drainsotting and um *whispers* Japanese School Girl Confidential *end whispering*

    The School Girl book has been kidnapped by my girlfriend of all people but when she is done with I will read it.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I know you secretly love those Japanese schoolgirls ;) I’m gonna finish Arcade Mania before I start with any of these, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading that one^^

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    I have 2 of these myself, Drainsotting and um *whispers* Japanese School Girl Confidential *end whispering*

    The School Girl book has been kidnapped by my girlfriend of all people but when she is done with I will read it.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I know you secretly love those Japanese schoolgirls ;) I’m gonna finish Arcade Mania before I start with any of these, but I’m definitely looking forward to reading that one^^

  • Rashomon

    Looks like alot of good books. I just wanted to recommend a book that you can pick up pretty cheap. Inside the Kaisha is a bit different from the books you selected but it is both an interesting and insightful look into the Japanese workplace and deals heavily with japanese decision making. No tips, schoolgirls, or everyday art but you might want to check it out anyway.

  • Rashomon

    Looks like alot of good books. I just wanted to recommend a book that you can pick up pretty cheap. Inside the Kaisha is a bit different from the books you selected but it is both an interesting and insightful look into the Japanese workplace and deals heavily with japanese decision making. No tips, schoolgirls, or everyday art but you might want to check it out anyway.

  • http://nekonekoboom.blogspot.com/ Brad F.

    These are interesting books. I hadn’t even thought of body language. That would be an important part of learning spoken Japanese. I’m also strangely interested in the manhole covers, maybe because I’m tired of seeing all the ugly ones I’ve been exposed to in the US and the Philippines.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I definitely recommend it, everything is much easier when you understand each other’s body language. And I think that might be the very same reason I was so interested in the book about manhole covers actually, they’re all just dark brown and boring over here.

  • http://nekonekoboom.blogspot.com/ Brad F.

    These are interesting books. I hadn’t even thought of body language. That would be an important part of learning spoken Japanese. I’m also strangely interested in the manhole covers, maybe because I’m tired of seeing all the ugly ones I’ve been exposed to in the US and the Philippines.

    • http://twitter.com/yonasu yonasu

      I definitely recommend it, everything is much easier when you understand each other’s body language. And I think that might be the very same reason I was so interested in the book about manhole covers actually, they’re all just dark brown and boring over here.

  • ShiningStar

    I bet manhole covers in Sweden have meatbals, ABBAm surstromming, or ikea furniture on them, or even some old volvo’s. :D

  • ShiningStar

    I bet manhole covers in Sweden have meatbals, ABBAm surstromming, or ikea furniture on them, or even some old volvo’s. :D