Resources: Expressing an Opinion in Japanese

These articles compare how opinions are expressed in English and Japanese. Page 24 of this booklet (page 26 of the PDF) talks about some of the cultural features involved in expressing opinions in Japanese. These resources could be used to teach students explicitly about Japanese culture, specifically the ways that Japanese people

Resource: NHK World

This site broadcasts news about Japan in English. Students can read, listen to, or watch the news. This site could be used in a variety of ways to help students familiarize themselves with issues in Japan. Japanese news (in Japanese) would be too difficult for most students to understand, so this make it more accessible

Resource: Hiroshima Panorama Project

This website offers three photos of Hiroshima after it had been bombed with a nuclear weapon. The website shows sections of panoramic photos of the city, and you can also order print versions for $25. These would be very valuable resources to use in a class about Hiroshima and the Second World War. Link:

Resources: Bonjinsha

Bonjinsha is one of the best places to shop for Japanese teaching materials, including textbooks, flashcards, and test materials. There is a store in Kojimachi that every Japanese language teacher should make a trek to at least once in his/her life! It is one thing to read about Japanese materials online, and it is quite

Resource: Billboard Japan Hot 100

Learning about pop music in another language can motivate students to want to learn more about that language. The Billboard site lists the latest top 100 songs in Japan, which could serve as a starting point for a research project on J-pop or a teacher could use it to keep students up-do-date with the latest