Stories of the Japanese Prefectures (Absolute Beginner Book Club)

Wrapping up!

We reached the end of the book! Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this a fun book club: to everyone who asked and answered questions, shared their translations, added to the vocab sheet or shared insights into the places we were reading about.

For me, I enjoyed lots of little insights into Japanese food, culture and nature. I found some of the pages harder than I expected. Like before with these books sometimes the lack of kanji can make the text a lot more challenging to read. There were also pages where the topic demanded a lot of unfamiliar vocab which was more challenging. Hopefully the vocab sheet and discussion helped readers get through the trickier bits.

Overall I thought this was a good fit for Absolute Beginner Book Club and I hope you enjoyed reading along.

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How do you rate this as a book for those trying to read their first book in Japanese?
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What wildlife would you most like to see?
  • Wild animals in Hokkaido
  • Crested Ibis on Sado Island
  • Deer in Nara
  • Mudskipper fish in Saga
  • Manta and whale sharks in Okinawa

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What culture would you most like to see?
  • Nebuta festival in Aomori
  • Namahage in Akita
  • Manzai in Osaka
  • Awa dance festival in Tokushima

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What would you like to eat/drink? (Choose up to three)
  • Cherries from Yamagata
  • Natto from Ibaraki
  • Senbei from Saitama
  • Street food from Yokohama Chinatown
  • Echizen crabs from Fukui
  • Cider from Gunma
  • Basket clams from Lake Shinji
  • Sanuki udon from Kagawa
  • Oranges from Ehime
  • Line caught tuna from Kouchi
  • Castella cake from Nagasaki
  • Mango from Miyazaki

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Where would you like to visit? (Choose up to two)
  • Goshikinuma lakes in Fukushima
  • Toshugu shrine in Nikko
  • Tokyo Tower and Skytree
  • Mirages in Toyama
  • Thatched houses in Gifu
  • Nagoya castle
  • Byodo-in Phoenix Hall in Kyoto
  • Tottori sand dunes
  • Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima
  • Karst plateau in Yamaguchi
  • Onsen in Ooita

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