Online Resources for Japanese Reading Practice

Just posting some helpful links that I received from Twitter to practice reading Japanese online.

NHK News Easy is probably the most popular one. Read abbreviated current news in Japanese with furigana! There’s text, video, and audio to accompany most of the articles. There’s no English to rely on, so be prepared! :)

Japonin.com Teacher’s blog is a collection of essays about various topics written by Japanese teachers in Japan. Each blog post includes the essay in Japanese, a video with the teacher reading the essay, the essay in Japanese with furigana, the English translation, and a vocabulary list. This method was very engaging since the topics are so varied and the video helps re-enforce your learning. The English translation is somewhat off and unnatural at times, but the true meaning comes through.

Below are some promising links that I haven’t reviewed yet. I’ve included comments from the person who gave the recommendation.

Comico.jp is really great if you’re into comics! tons of stuff to practice with here.–comment by @ikanai_ka

EhonNavi (http://www.ehonnavi.net): The books are separated by age, which will help when searching for a book that suits your own level of japanese. Plus, if you make an account you can read entire books for free) (site is entirely in japanese, don’t worry it only makes the experience better) :) –comment by oireno

TokioHeidi (although these are not books, you can learn japanese by listening and reading the subtitles of kids’ songs and stories such as this one https://youtu.be/zK1bo3kBqTg and this one https://youtu.be/zK1bo3kBqTg(this is one of my favorites) –comment by oireno

Nihongo dekimasu (https://www.erin.ne.jp/en/): Designed by the japan foundation for japanese learners, in here you’ll find videos that cover a variety of topics from the japanese culture (you can practice not only your reading but also your listening skills by trying to understand the stories shown to you)–comment by oireno

Hukume musume (http://hukumusume.com/douwa/index.html): Also entirely in japanese, in this website you’ll find old japanese and international (cinderela…) tales entirely written in japanese. I also like this website because it provides an audio with a native person reading the story.–comment by oireno


Modified Moco’s Kitchen Umeboshi Salad Dressing Recipe

Modified Umeboshi Salad Dressing Recipe
Serves 3
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients for Salad
  1. Sliced Cabbage (1/4 head)
  2. Grated Carrot (1 medium-sized)
  3. Thinly Sliced Shallot (1 medium-sized)
  4. Fried Shallots for topping
Ingredients for Dressing
  1. Mashed Umeboshi--Japanese Pickled Plums (3)
  2. Olive Oil (3 tb)
  3. Soy sauce (1/2 tb)
  4. Sugar (1/2 tb)
  5. Red Wine Vinegar (3 tb)
  6. Pinches of salt and pepper
Prepping Salad
  1. Rinse cabbage and carrot.
  2. Chop cabbage, grate carrot, and thinly slice shallot into a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Mix and set aside or keep in the fridge.
Prepping Dressing
  1. Remove umeboshi (pickled plums) seeds and chop or mash.
  2. Place umeboshi mash in a small bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, soy sauce, sugar, red wine vinegar in the same bowl as the umeboshi.
  4. Using a small whisk or fork, mix the dressing together.
  5. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Take a piece of cabbage or carrot and dip into dressing to taste.
  7. Adjust accordingly.
  8. Spread dressing over salad and toss to coat evenly.
  9. Put in fridge to chill for at least 15-30 minutes.
  10. When ready to eat, sprinkle fried shallots over salad and serve.
Moco's Original Recipe
  1. Japanese-style Parsley Salad with Umeboshi Dressing
  1. Roughly chopped Parsley (1 bunch)
  2. Roughly chopped Mizuna--Potherb mustard (1/2 bunch)
  3. Scallions (1 stem)
  4. Parmigiano-Reggiano for topping
  1. Salad Oil (3 tb)
  2. Soy sauce (1/2 tb)
  3. Sugar (1/2 tb)
  4. Apple Vinegar (4 tb)
  5. Ground White Sesame Seeds (1 tb)
  6. Pinches of salt and pepper
  7. Follow directions above similarly.
  8. Moco's version doesn't require chilling, so you can skip that step.
Adapted from Moco's Kitchen
Adapted from Moco's Kitchen

Simple Demiglace Sauce Recipe

Our beloved Hayami Mokomichi isn’t getting much screen time in Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu (Kintori) and we all know that Moco loves to cook, so I decided to translate this simple demiglace sauce recipe from the Lunch Queen Jdrama recipe book which stars the lovely Takeuchi Yuko!

US standard measurements are approximated. If you want more precision, go with the metric measurements.

Enjoy and post pictures!
I’ll be making this soon. :)
Also here’s the original recipe in Japanese.

Simple Demiglace Sauce
Simple yet delicious demiglace sauce inspired by the Japanese drama, Lunch no Joou (Lunch Queen).
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 1 diced onion
  2. 1/2 a diced carrot
  3. 1 stalk of diced celery
  4. 3 whole garlic cloves halved
  1. 100g of bacon
  1. 3/4 cup (200ml) of red wine
  2. 2 1/2 cups (600ml or 1 can) of demiglace sauce
  3. 1 3/4 cups (400ml) chicken/beef broth or from bouillon cubes
  4. 1/2 cup (100ml) of ketchup
  5. 3 1/2 tbsp (50ml) of Worcestershire sauce
  6. Salt and pepper season to taste
  7. A drizzle of canola oil for browning
  1. Dice the onion, carrot, and celery.
  2. Cut the bacon in chunks.
  3. Slice the garlic cloves in half.
  1. Add a drizzle of canola oil to a medium-sized pot on medium heat.
  2. Just as the oil gets hot, add the bacon and cook until you can smell the bacon aroma (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the prepped veggies (onion, carrot, celery, garlic) into the pot.
  4. Continue to sauté the veggies until brown on medium heat.
Wine time
  1. Add the red wine and simmer on low heat until half of the wine has evaporated.
Nothing wrong if it's from a can
  1. Add the demiglace sauce and bouillon or beef/chicken broth. It's okay to use demiglace sauce from a can.
Simmer time
  1. Now simmer the mixture for 30-40 minutes until the sauce is thick.
Finishing off
  1. Scoop out the vegetables and bacon with a ladle and place into a chinois or strainer.
  2. Mash the vegetables in the chinois/strainer over the pot to squeeze out more goodness.
  3. By removing the vegetables and bacon and mashing it, we're creating a smooth sauce.
  4. Now add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. This yields 20 ounces or 600ml.
  2. US standard measurements are approximated. If you want more precision, go with the metric measurements.
  3. Serve over protein like a steak with some veggies or for a Japanese-style experience, serve over omurice (omelet rice) or a hamburg steak.
Adapted from Lunch no Joou Recipe Book
Adapted from Lunch no Joou Recipe Book

[Fansub] Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu

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It looks like the people have spoken and they want to see Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu subbed! Amami Yuki’s old Jdrama, Last Present, was voted 2nd too! I’m seriously considering subbing Last Present as well, so stay tuned for that. Please seed Last Present if you can. :)

Here’s some more details about the Jdrama, Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu. I will also be posting cultural and translation notes here.

Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu
Emergency Interrogation Room

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Makabe Yukiko, the head of the Special Investigation Team’s Third Section, prides herself on her superior negotiation skills. She tries to convince a criminal who is holding a bus hostage. However, an unanticipated situation arises and she fails. Yukiko is held fully responsible and is ordered to transfer to the Emergency Investigation Response Team, which goes by the name of Kintori. The director, Kajiyama Katsutoshi, whom she has always not got along well with, heads the Kintori. It is a professional team of outstanding interrogators put together to carry out interrogations, particularly for cases that are deemed important. Yukiko embarks on a new chapter at the Kintori surrounded by idiosyncratic veterans Hishimoto Susumu, Nakata Zenjiro, Koishikawa Haruo. She also determines the truth of an unsolved case deeply linked to her past –by jadefrost

Amami Yuki as Makabe Yukiko
Tanaka Tetsushi as Kajiyama Katsutoshi
Hayami Mokomichi as Watanabe Tetsuji
Suzuki Kosuke as Kenmotsu Daijiro
Sasai Eisuke as Soma Kazunari
Kusakari Masao as Gohara Masanao
Denden as Hishimoto Susumu
Osugi Ren as Nakata Zenjiro
Kohinata Fumiyo as Koishikawa Haruo

Fansub Details:
Translator: amrayu
Timing courtesy of: http://jpsubbers.x10.mx/Japanese-Subtitles/

1280×720.mp4 version retimed by amrayu and uploaded by micehell :)

I won’t be providing retimed subs for other formats. If someone wants to volunteer, PM me and I can repost them to the D-Addicts thread.

Softsub Downloads:
Box: Ep 01 Ep 02 Ep 03 Ep 04 Ep 05 Ep 06 Ep 07 Ep 08 Ep 09 (Finale)

Cultural and Translation Notes:

Episode 01:
ノミの心臓 (Nomi no shinzou): Literally means, the heart/spirit of a flea. This is used to describe someone who is lacking courage.

Jdrama Winter 2014 Fansub Project

I’m running a poll here to let you guys vote on my next potential Jdrama fansub project. It will be softsubbed and released on D-addicts and my blog–same deal as Danda Rin which I subbed last season.

Based on the Jdrama fansub map, I’m only considering projects that haven’t been subbed yet. I’m starting this poll because I haven’t made up my mind yet. Please feel free to recommend projects as well. :)

***NOTE: If you’re voting “Other”, be sure to type a name of a Jdrama!***

Update 1/26/14:
Thanks for the awesome response and taking the time to vote!
It looks like Kinkyuu overwhelmingly won, so I’ll start translating that now.
It’s also surprising to see an old Jdrama called Last Present was voted 2nd. I’m seriously considering this project and I’m currently downloading the RAWs from D-addicts. Since the torrent was uploaded quite some time ago, seeders are lacking… so please seed if you can!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 24/01/2014 11:24:19
end_date 26/01/2014 11:05:43
Poll Results:
Which Jdrama would you like to see subbed for Winter 2014?
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