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

EhonNavi ( 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 and this one is one of my favorites) –comment by oireno

Nihongo dekimasu ( 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 ( 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