Adventures in Japanese, Volume 4, Textbook (Hardcover)

Adventures in Japanese, Volume 4, Textbook (Hardcover)


In the Adventures in Japanese, Volume 4 Textbook, students will explore “the Japanese soul”: the social, historical, and cultural forces that influence Japanese life. They will study keigo (honorific language), the historical context of Japanese immigration, the issue of Japanese internment camps during World War II, and the bombing of Hiroshima. Cultural discussions include the traditional cultural arts of the tea ceremony, calligraphy, and Japanese haiku poetry. Students get a final glimpse of Japan with a lesson on traveling to the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara.

Lessons center around more sophisticated dialogues and complex narratives, some of which are based on the authors’ personal experiences. One lesson focuses on the the poem Ame ni mo Makezu as an exemplary piece of Japanese literature. Volume 4 includes two new sections on onomatopoeic expressions (perapera koonaa) and proverbs. Students learn common Japanese expressions and learn to pronounce and use proverbs correctly.

In order to encourage character memorization, students create their own illustrations for newly learned kanji. After completing the Adventures in Japanese series, students will be able to write 340 kanji, communicate at an intermediate level in Japanese, and prepare for the AP* Japanese Language and Culture Exam.

The textbook comes bundled with the Adventures in Japanese Course Dictionary which contains Japanese-English and English-Japanese dictionaries, a kanji list, a verb list by conjugation group, adjective lists, and adverb lists for Volumes 1-4.

The Textbook introduction explains how the series meets ACTFL National Content Standards and expectations for the *AP Japanese Language and Culture Exam. The Textbook also includes expanded cultural notes.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.


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Table of Contents

Adventures in Japanese 4: Textbook

Foreword by Professor Seiichi Makino






Useful Expressions & Kanji Review



Lesson 1

Honorific Language


Lesson 2

Life of a First Generation Immigrant


Lesson 3

A Japanese Internment Camp Experience


Lesson 4

The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb


Lesson 5



Lesson 6

Tea Ceremony


Lesson 7

Poem: Do Not Be Defeated by Rain


Lesson 8

Traveling in Japan


Lesson 9

Global Citizen


Lesson 10




More Reading


Kanji Chart



Verb Conjugation Chart




About the Series

This user-friendly and comprehensive series combines cultural activities with beginning-to-advanced language learning instruction that emphasizes proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Widely adopted across the nation, Adventures in Japanese is used in school systems from New York City to Honolulu, from Boston to Anchorage. Volume 1 gently but thoroughly introduces hiragana and katakana in order to acclimate students to the Japanese writing system. By the end of Volume 4, students will have learned 340 kanji. Culturally related activities and topics—from making onigiri (riceballs) to learning Japanese songs to understanding Japan’s educational system—enrich students’ learning while preparing them for the AP* Japanese exam. The flexibility of this series allows for endless activities and projects to be built around the lessons, and aids teachers in integrating the National Standards for Foreign Language Education’s “5Cs”: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

The Adventures in Japanese series stresses cultural comparison. Students are constantly exposed to Japanese customs and encouraged to compare Japanese culture with their own. A “Japanese Culture Corner” presents culture through a series of projects and activities that students can research and share with classmates. The “Fun Corner” adds to this element of cultural education with Japanese crafts and games like origami, making mochi, and karuta.

Volume 1

In Volume 1, students learn to talk about themselves (family, daily routines, school, inviting a friend over, etc.). The vocabulary allows beginners to immediately engage in basic conversation. Hiragana and katakana are introduced gradually, so students feel comfortable with the characters. Seventeen basic kanji are also introduced.

Volume 2

In Volume 2, students expand their horizons by learning to express themselves in a Japanese-speaking community. Romanization is no longer used, and at the completion of this level, students will have learned a total of 113 kanji. A useful list of previously introduced vocabulary and grammatical structures is included at the end of each lesson.

Volume 3

In Volume 3, students learn about Japan through the eyes of Ken, who spends a year studying in Japan and living with a host family. By the end of Volume 3, students will have learned a total of 219 kanji.

Volume 4

In Volume 4, the focus is on “the Japanese soul”: the social and cultural forces that influence the ways of the Japanese. Students examine such wide-ranging topics as keigo (honorifics), the World War II experience (for Japanese in Japan and Japanese-Americans in the U.S.), and the cultural art of the tea ceremony.

Series Dictionary

The Adventures in Japanese Dictionary contains Japanese-English and English-Japanese listings, a kanji list, a verb list by conjugation group, adjective lists, and adverb lists. Available independently for users of the second edition of Adventures in Japanese, it covers Volumes 1 through Volume 4 in the series (third edition textbooks include a cumulative glossary in the textbook itself or a separate dictionary packaged in).

For online study resources, discussion forums, and more, check out the Companion Website for Adventures in Japanese!

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.