Adventures in Japanese, Volume 3, Textbook

Adventures in Japanese, Volume 3, Textbook

by Hiromi Peterson, Naomi Hirano-Omizo, Michael Muronaka (Illustrator), Emiko Kaylor (Illustrator)

In Volume 3 of Adventures in Japanese, students experience Japan from the point of view of a young traveler. Ken, the central character throughout Adventures in Japanese, arrives in Tokyo and is greeted by his Japanese host family. Students will learn about appropriate language and behavior in these sometimes tense first meetings.

Over ten lessons, Ken’s travels introduce students to the Japanese home and Japanese etiquette, Japanese entertainment, and the train system in Tokyo. Volume 3 follows the same format as Volumes 1 and 2, but is designed with the needs of more advanced classrooms in mind. The dialogues or narratives in Volume 3 form the core of each lesson, incorporating all new kanji, vocabulary, and grammar from the lesson.

Consistent with the themes of this volume, the cultural notes in Volume 3 are more extensive than in previous volumes. Lessons in Volume 3 equip students with the skills needed for writing traditional letters, discussing the experience of learning Japanese, navigating popular attractions around Tokyo, using proper etiquette during meals, and more.

By the end of Volume 3, students can recognize and write 219 kanji. New readings incorporating previously learned kanji encourage vocabulary memorization and retention. Students learn how to use a kanji dictionary, a necessary skill at this stage of Japanese study.

The textbook introduction explains how the series meets ACTFL National Content Standards and expectations for the AP* Japanese Language and Culture Exam. The textbook also includes expanded cultural notes and a cumulative glossary that contains vocabulary from Volumes 1, 2, and 3.

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.


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Table of Contents

Adventures in Japanese 3: Textbook

Foreword by Professor Seiichi Makino



To the Student



To the Teacher






Useful Expression & Kanji Review



Lesson 1

How Do You Do?


Lesson 2

Japanese High School Students


Lesson 3

Japanese Letter Writing


Lesson 4

Study of the Japanese Language


Lesson 5



Lesson 6

Japanese Entertainment


Lesson 7

Houses in Japan


Lesson 8

A Japanese Meal


Lesson 9

Electric Trains in Tokyo


Lesson 10



Kanji List



Japanese-English Word List



English-Japanese Word List



Kanji Chart



Verb Conjugation Chart




About the Series

This user-friendly and comprehensive series combines cultural activities with beginning-to-advanced language learning instruction that emphasizes proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Widely adopted across the nation, Adventures in Japanese is used in school systems from New York City to Honolulu, from Boston to Anchorage. Volume 1 gently but thoroughly introduces hiragana and katakana in order to acclimate students to the Japanese writing system. By the end of Volume 4, students will have learned 340 kanji. Culturally related activities and topics—from making onigiri (riceballs) to learning Japanese songs to understanding Japan’s educational system—enrich students’ learning while preparing them for the AP* Japanese exam. The flexibility of this series allows for endless activities and projects to be built around the lessons, and aids teachers in integrating the National Standards for Foreign Language Education’s “5Cs”: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.

The Adventures in Japanese series stresses cultural comparison. Students are constantly exposed to Japanese customs and encouraged to compare Japanese culture with their own. A “Japanese Culture Corner” presents culture through a series of projects and activities that students can research and share with classmates. The “Fun Corner” adds to this element of cultural education with Japanese crafts and games like origami, making mochi, and karuta.

Volume 1

In Volume 1, students learn to talk about themselves (family, daily routines, school, inviting a friend over, etc.). The vocabulary allows beginners to immediately engage in basic conversation. Hiragana and katakana are introduced gradually, so students feel comfortable with the characters. Seventeen basic kanji are also introduced.

Volume 2

In Volume 2, students expand their horizons by learning to express themselves in a Japanese-speaking community. Romanization is no longer used, and at the completion of this level, students will have learned a total of 113 kanji. A useful list of previously introduced vocabulary and grammatical structures is included at the end of each lesson.

Volume 3

In Volume 3, students learn about Japan through the eyes of Ken, who spends a year studying in Japan and living with a host family. By the end of Volume 3, students will have learned a total of 219 kanji.

Volume 4

In Volume 4, the focus is on “the Japanese soul”: the social and cultural forces that influence the ways of the Japanese. Students examine such wide-ranging topics as keigo (honorifics), the World War II experience (for Japanese in Japan and Japanese-Americans in the U.S.), and the cultural art of the tea ceremony.

Series Dictionary

The Adventures in Japanese Dictionary contains Japanese-English and English-Japanese listings, a kanji list, a verb list by conjugation group, adjective lists, and adverb lists. Available independently for users of the second edition of Adventures in Japanese, it covers Volumes 1 through Volume 4 in the series (third edition textbooks include a cumulative glossary in the textbook itself or a separate dictionary packaged in).

For online study resources, discussion forums, and more, check out the Companion Website for Adventures in Japanese!

*AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.