Read Real Japanese Fiction – Short Stories by Contemporary Writers
Publisher: Kodansha International
Format: PDF, MP3
“I agree with most of the 5 star reviews above in that this is a great book to advance one’s own Japanese language skills for intermediate speakers. I have studied Japanese 3 years at an University and this book (as well as the Read Real Japanese Essays: Contemporary Writings by Popular Authors 1 free CD included have served as a transition for me to read real Japanese novels albeit at a slow pace (Note that the link above is a reference to another book: it is POPULAR authors instead of Contemporary).
Since it’s hard to find a list of the actual stories and authors, I’ll just kindly write them out:
1.) “Kamisama” by Kawakami Hiromi
2.) “Mukashi yuuhi no koen de” by Otsuichi
3.) “Nikuya Omuu” by Ishii Shinji
4.) “Miira” by Yoshimoto Banana
5.) “Hyakumonogatari” by Kitamura Kaoru
6.) “Kakeru” by Tawada Yoko
The short stories are arranged in increasing difficulty with vocabulary, irregular kanji usage, and linguistic play with Japanese. The collection of stories is truly served fantastically as a sumptuous 6-course meal. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did from appetizer to dessert.” – reader’s review.