Tokyo, December 21, 2016 – The Japan Times, Ltd. has released a revised edition to its bestselling fun-and-easy kana practice book, “Kana Can Be Easy [Revised Edition].”

Early mastery of kana (hiragana and katakana) is essential to make rapid and steady progress in the Japanese language, but learning all 92 kana characters one by one is a painstaking and time-consuming process.
This book introduces an innovative method to ease that burden, helping you to recognize and memorize each kana through pictorial association.
Now you can learn kana with great ease anytime and anywhere — at home, on the train, in the classroom — just with this new method!

What’s new in the revised edition:

  • All illustrations have been enhanced to help you grasp the image of each kana more easily.
  • Larger size provides more space for writing practice and greater ease of writing.
  • Review sheets — one for every 10 characters — have been added.

Product details:
Title: “Kana Can Be Easy [Revised Edition]”
Date of publication: On sale in bookstores in Japan after late December 2016
Price: 1,296 yen (including sales tax)
Size: 257 mm×182 mm, 128 pages
ISBN: 978-4-7890-1661-2

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Inside you’ll find 88 puzzles and quizzes that tickle your brain and test your understanding of some 730 kanji and 100 vocabulary terms taken from mainly JLPT Levels N2/N3 (former Level 2).
All sorts of approaches are used — including puzzles that require you to identify radicals shared by different characters or fill in the blanks of kanji compounds, and quizzes that check your familiarity with Japanese geography, culture, and daily living.
Take on these tough but fun challenges and explore the fascinating world of kanji!

Product details:
Price: 1,296 yen (including sales tax)
On sale in bookstores in Japan
Size: 173 mm×108 mm, 160 pages
ISBN: 978-4-7890-1652-0

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