Learn Japanese with Yokai! The Kappa

Learn Japanese with Yokai! The Kappa

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For Upper Beginners Learning Japanese
Now includes audio files, PDF, ePub, and an Anki flashcard deck of all the vocabulary found in the stories with sound and pitch accents. (See the link at the back of the book to download all this for no extra charge)

Living in shadows and the in-between world of dreams and reality, yokai thrive in Japanese imagination. What are yokai? They are monsters, ghosts, unnatural beings, and even sentient household items. Yokai can be harmless and amusing, or they can be terrifying.

Now you can learn about yokai and read stories about them while polishing your Japanese. ♥


The kappa is one of Japan's most well-known yokai. It lives in or near rivers, loves cucumbers, and occasionally plays tricks on humans. They are not all bad, though. Kappa have been known to teach humans special knowledge such as medicine or help people in times of trouble.


Includes three essays or stories about the kappa

Each story is presented in three formats:
1) Sentence-by-Sentence with definition and commentary below
2) Japanese only (to test your reading ability)
3) English translation (to confirm your understanding)

The Sentence-by Sentence section of each story presents a small chunk of the Japanese with furigana over the kanji and a complete glossary of all the words; important grammatical patterns are pointed out and explained in plain English

A link to download sound files for the stories is provided (for no extra charge) on the last page of the book

Each story has a slow and normal speed recording of the Japanese read by Yumi

The download also includes a PDF version of the book and an Anki flashcard deck with all the vocabulary found in the stories. The Anki deck has sound, definitions, pitch accent diagrams, and the sentence using the word in context.


① What is the Kappa?

② A Kappa Mummy

③ A Kappa Repays a Debt


This book is designed so that both those fairly new to Japanese and those in the intermediate stages can equally find value. The ideal level, however, is for the upper beginner, somewhere around the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N4.

If you are learning Japanese and are fascinated by yokai and traditional tales of old Japan, click the Buy Now button and get your copy now.