Adventures in Japanese

Fourth Edition
by Hiromi Peterson, Naomi Hirano-Omizo


Introducing the Fourth Edition of Adventures in Japanese

With contemporary photos, vocabulary, and real life scenarios, the full-color Fourth Edition of Adventures in Japanese gives students a strong foundation in the Japanese language through the development of the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students are encouraged to become more globally aware and culturally sensitive while strengthening conversational skills. The flexibility of this series allows for endless activities and projects to be built around the lessons, and aids teachers by integrating the “5Cs” of the ACTFL World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages—Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities – into the series’ core structure.

What’s new in the Fourth Edition?

  • New Full-color Textbook Design with Up-to-date Photos and Content The new full-color design of Adventures in Japanese’s 4th Edition is easier to read and easier to navigate. More photos bring Japanese culture to life. Updated vocabulary reflects changes in technology and in Japanese society.
  • More Practice New grammar exercises have been added after each grammar explanation in the textbook.
 New authentic materials provide students with real-world reading practice.
  • Improved Pacing Now with 12 lessons instead of 16, pacing and instructional flow have been streamlined, making Adventures in Japanese easier to complete in one year.
  • New Introductory Lesson Teachers are now able to introduce hiragana, katakana, kanji, and pronunciation at whatever time best suits their class.
  • Clear Expectations Can-Do statements and self-assessment checklists have been added to each lesson so objectives and expectations are clearly defined. Review Lessons are available for download on the companion website at
  • More Kanji More than 60 kanji are introduced in Volume 1 to provide students with a stronger foundation for continued study and AP® exam preparation.
  • New Student Audio New audio recordings for Dialogues, Vocabulary, Language in Context, Grammar models, review questions, audio activities, and Culture Notes will be available for download from the Companion Website at
  • New Common Core Activities Additional activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts are included throughout the textbook. Accompanying the Culture Notes, these activities encourage students to read critically and write narrative, informational, and persuasive responses.
  • 21st Century Skills Activities Students extend their learning about cultural topics by using technology to do research, create presentations, and improve their language skills and cultural competence. Students will also practice critical reading and writing skills aligned with the CCSS.
  • Connect activities Students use Japanese to practice skills in other career-based disciplines, including math, statistics, science, and social studies.
  • Recycling Recycling of key grammar structures and vocabulary is now clearly indicated.
  • Digital Teacher's Guide to Go Access all of the Adventures in Japanese teacher materials on a convenient USB flash drive. Easy to carry, easy to use, and easy to customize. 

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"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