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Podcast Bonus Content

Japanese TV and Movie Breakdowns

CM Breakdown: Uniqlo Kota-san | Bonus Download
CM Breakdown: やめるの、やめた | Bonus Download
Outsider Cops | She’s Aiming for Him | Bonus Download
釣りバカ日誌 | Been 課長 for a Long Time | Bonus Download
Learn Japanese with Dramas 悪女~働くのがカッコ悪いなんて誰が言った?~ Using やる気 Bonus Download
Learn Japanese with 結婚できない男: 持ちつ持たれつ Mochitsu Motaretsu Bonus Download

Japanese Anime and Manga Breakdowns

ド – A ! with a Slightly Insulting Nuance Bonus Content
Crayon Shinchan: おかえり Bonus Content
One Piece Part 5 Bonus Content
Crayon Shinchan: おかまいなく Bonus Content
Spy Family – Drunk Yor | Bonus Download
Spy Family – Dodgeball | Bonus Download

Japanese Song Lesson Worksheets

Kissin’ Christmas (クリスマスだからじゃない) Bonus Content
愛の花 ー Bonus Content
Spring Thief by Yorushika Bonus Content
Sukiyaki by Sakamoto Kyuu 上を向いて歩こう Bonus Content
Wednesday Campanella Edison エジソン Bonus Content
Yuuri Dried Flowers ドライフラワー Bonus Content

Japanese Shadowing

Shadowing #7: Ordering Coffee

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Shadowing #2-6: Katakana Words

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Shadowing #1: Basic Morning Phrases

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Japanese Vocabulary Worksheets

Now That You Mention It | Bonus Download
How to Pronounce 何 | Bonus Download
Eat, Sell, Buy… Fights? In Japanese | Bonus Download
Four Occupations 士農工商 | Bonus Download
Wide Face 顔(かお)が広(ひろ)い | Bonus Download
Degrees of Certainty | Bonus Download

Sleep Stories

Sleep Story

For studying, these stories are probably all intermediate and above level. Also much of the language is a little old fashioned. These are, however, all excellent stories and very famous.

Even beginners can use these recordings to help fall asleep. Who knows? You might learn something in your dreams!

Sleep Stories in Japanese | 宮沢賢治 Miyazawa Kenji’s 「セロ弾きのゴーシュ」 Gauche the Cellist | Makoto+

Relax tonight while listening – in Japanese – to Gauche the Cellist (セロ弾きのゴーシュ by Miyazawa Kenji.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 小川未明 Ogawa Mimei’s 「赤い蝋燭と人魚」 The Mermaid and the Red Candles | Makoto+

Relax tonight while listening – in Japanese – to 小川未明 Ogawa Mimei’s famous short story, 赤い蝋燭と人魚 The Mermaid and the Red Candles. Learn Japanese through stories.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 鼻 by 芥川龍之介 Akutagawa Ryuunosuke The Nose | Makoto+

The Nose (鼻 hana), was composed in 1916 and is about a monk with a very large nose (hence the title). The story addresses jealousy, egoism, and the making fun of others all with a hint of humor here and there. Natsume Sōseki (夏目漱石) gave the story high praise.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 注文の多い料理店 by Miyazawa Kenji The Restaurant with Many Orders 宮沢賢治 | Makoto+

Two young gentlemen are tired and hungry after a full day’s fruitless hunt. They happen upon an impressive Western-style restaurant right smack in the middle of the woods. But perhaps they aren’t as lucky as they first appear.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | よだかの星 by Miyazawa Kenji The Nighthawk Star 宮沢賢治 | Makoto+

The yodaka (Nighthawk/Nightjar) is an ugly bird. Everyone knows it. The hawk (taka) is very upset the yodaka uses his name (the taka becomes daka) and demands the yodaka change his name.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 夢十夜, Yume Jūya Ten Nights of Dreams by Natsume Souseki 夏目漱石 | Makoto+

Originally serialized in the Asahi Shimbun in 1908, Natsume Souseki wrote ten short “dreams” are written in a surreal, dreamlike style. Weird, disturbing, and somewhat humorous, these short stories are like haiku—they hint at a much bigger story which is left to the reader to fish out.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 藪の中 In a Grove Akutagawa Ryuunosuke | Makoto+

Kurosawa Akira based his famous movie, Rashomon, mostly on 藪の中 yabu no naka (In a Grove). He also used some elements from another Akutagawa story called… Rashomon, but the main source was In a Grove.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | I am a Cat 吾輩は猫である by Natsume Souseki 夏目漱石 | Makoto+

The opening line is well-known in Japan: 吾輩は猫である。名前はまだ無い。 I am a cat. I don’t yet have a name.

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Sleep Stories in Japanese | 走れメロス Run, Melos! by Dazai Osamu 太宰治 | Makoto+

Published in 1940, Run, Melos! is a Japanese classic widely read in Japanese schools. Based on an ancient Greek legend, it is a story about a man named Melos who, despite hardships, keeps his promises and values honesty.

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