Explore the rich world of Japanese language and culture with the perenially best-selling textbook series Adventures in Japanese, now updated in the 4th Edition for today’s classrooms. The three-volume series gives novice students a strong command of Japanese through targeted emphasis on the four language skills, while sustaining their interest with full-color manga dialogues and fun activities and projects.

The Adventures in Japanese Volume 1 Textbook is designed for high school students with no prior knowledge of Japanese, and places a strong emphasis on building conversational skills. Volume 1 covers topics that are relevant to teenagers’ daily lives, such as school, family, hobbies, and shopping. New to the 4th Edition, a special introductory lesson provides a thorough explanation of Japanese pronunciation, as well as hiragana, katakana, and kanji.


  • Full-color design with up-to-date content aligned with ACTFL World-Readiness Standards, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills
  • Contemporary photos and fun manga dialogues
  • Recycling of key grammar structures and vocabulary
  • A rich variety of communicative activities that gauge students’ understanding and encourage interpersonal communication
  • Authentic materials for real-world reading practice
  • Free audio downloads and additional resources on the companion website
SKU: 9781622910564 Language: Japanese Series: Adventures in Japanese Volume: N/A Edition: N/A Categories: ,


"Students really responded to the full color manga dialogues. My school district loved seeing a Japanese textbook in hard cover. I really appreciated how the exercises and activities contributed to my students' communicative competence. The 4th Edition really does have something for everyone!"

—Nicholas Sturtevant, Silver Creek HS, CA

"We use AIJ levels 1 to 3 for all of our Japanese courses. We highly recommend the AIJ series as it maximizes our students' learning of Japanese language and culture. The AIJ series covers the topics and concepts of IB and AP very well. The series also conveys the important message of being a peace builder and responsible global citizen. Lots of authentic resources and culture notes help students connect with real life situations. The Workbook exercises add a degree of difficulty that tests deeper understanding of the material. The speakers in the listening exercises speak according to the level, which helps students become accustomed to understanding Japanese speaking. There is sufficient support material for both teachers and students to reinforce skills and knowledge."

—Akiko Taira, Japanese Language Department Chair at Island Pacific Academy

About the Author

Series authors Hiromi Peterson, Naomi Hirano-Omizo, and Jan Asato are experienced classroom teachers from the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

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