Learn Japanese with Yokai! Tengu

Learn Japanese with Yokai! Tengu

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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. ♥


Tengu is a legendary creature associated with mountains and forests. Tengu can cause mischief, but as you will read within these pages, tengu also can show kindness to people.

Earlier depictions make the tengu out to be more bird-like, but, eventually, tengu came to be drawn in the form of an ascetic mountain priest called yamabushi. Unlike normal yamabushi, however, tengu have unnaturally long noses, carry a scroll called “tora no maki,” and have magical powers. They say, the tengu even taught ninjas their legendary skills!  


Includes three essays or stories

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


 ① About the Tengu

 ② Origin of the Tengu

 ③ Tengu Stories


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 to begin studying now.