Resources for Japanese Teachers


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Welcome to the Resource section. This is added to from time to time and I hope that there are some useful resorces here.  There are also some great resources in Students’ Hangout, How Do you Say….?  for you or students to print and enjoy.

Mindfulness Colouring has become popular. Here is a colouring sheet which includes 46 Hiragana. Students can find their name (you can add tenten and maru as needed to individual sheets), also they could make up words with the Hiragana sound, or just say the sound or the story. Many possibilities for this sheet to be more than just a colouring activity.

Hiragana Mindfulness Colouring PDFHiragana #1More Mindfulness colouring to come. Stay tuned :-)

Here is a wonderful Hiragana I received from Atsuya-sensei. It is based on Hiragana in 48 minutes, has practice, stories, explanations and a short revision test/exercise at the end. What a fabulous resource to use. どうもありがとうございました。
Hiragana sheets from Atsuya senseiHiragana stories and practice from Atsuya sensei PDF file

Japanese number mini posters for classroom display can be found here; numbers mini posters 1-10

number mini posters 1 - 10

Here are some great Feelings posters, adapted from a junior school resource. There are 27 feelings illustrated. These look great as a classroom display.feelings posters tanoshii sabishii aijou ga aru

Here are some printable song words for Yr 4 & 5 booklets and song words for yr 6 & 7 booklets.

eBooks are easy to make in Word. I then print them 2 to a page so that I can make an Doraemon 3A5 booklet. Binding as well as adding a plastic sheet on the front and a strong cardboard sheet on the back  makes them look professional as well as making them sturdy. You can also use them with a Projector or Smart Board as well.Here is an example of one I did to introduce Doraemon in a Family Unit. ドラえもん


Below is a Doraemon episode kindly uploaded by Shimada sensei. This is what she wrote;

“It is an excellent resource for topics on Eating, The Japanese home, practising the present continuous tense using screen shots, practising imasu and arimasu, words for family members and then story writing as a follow-up.  I would like to share the joy of Doraemon with other teachers of Japanese.”       Thank you so much for doing so.

It is indeed a great episode and length. In the episode ; “Tabehoudai” (“eat all you can”) it tells the story of Nobita and Doraemon coming up with a quick fix to the dilemma of not having Mama there to make lunch.

Here is another episode of Nobita’s dream, this one has English subtitles. Enjoy!!





Mini Books are fantastic for a number of reasons; just one sheet of paper, great way to reinforce what you are teaching, students WANT to take them home and may even carry them around with them revising !!

Here is a great mini book for the start of a year, new students and Year 3-5. PDF version here ; Mini Book #1 completemini book #1

My Neighbour Totoro is a fantastic Japanese Anime. Atsuya-sensei has kindly shared his Totoro puzzles. Totoro_puzzle[2 pages] totoro puzzles from Atsuya

My neighbor Totoro






Haiku are a wonderful way to incorporate Japanese culture into your normal lessons.

Why not introduce a topic through Haiku? Here are 4 Haiku to use in your classroomas mini posters or on the projector.

Haiku #1 Hiroshima

Haiku #2 Geisha & SakuraGeisha haiku

Haiku #3 Sushi & chopsticks

Haiku #4 Samurai, sumo, ninjaSumo Ninja Samurai Haiku