Japanese Language, Literature & Culture

Guide to print and online sources for Japanese language learning, literature and culture

Japanese Manga

Comico Japanese Webtoons characters


Japanese Readers

Text of short story in Japanese with side by side English translation

Easy readers and other bilingual books can help you learn a language by pairing short readings in the language you're learning with English side by side. Try reading the text and if you get stuck, look at the translation.

Most of these titles are in Japanese, with parallel English translation.


Click on a title to check its availability.

Finding Japanese Fiction in Translation

Try these searches to find individual Japanese novels, short stories, etc. in English translation. You can also search for a book by its title or author.

japanese fiction

japanese literature

japanese "short stories"

japanese poetry