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Learn the Most Useful Kanji in Japanese by Clay and Yumi

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Clay & Yumi have been helping students of Japanese since 1999 when was launched. Together, they have written some two dozen books and materials on learning Japanese. Here is your chance to get one of their books for free.

Kanji 100 covers a hundred useful kanji

Kanji 100 covers a hundred useful kanji with the main readings, meanings, a mnemonic, stroke order, and examples. The MP3s of all the Japanese examples is included for free!

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What Did Our Fantastic Readers say About our books?

“This is such a helpful book! The Kanji is large and easy to read. The examples are really helpful and simple enough for a beginner to understand. The memorization tips are also very wonderful. I highly recommend it for anyone starting in the wonderful language”
by TwillyQ on October 13, 2011

Format: Kindle Edition

“I should have bought this book a long time ago. I have been studying Japanese informally for a long time, and this book is improving my knowledge by leaps and bounds. I would recommend it to anyone who has decided to get serious about studying Japanese. It gives clear and simple instructions on how to write and read all the one hundred characters in the book”
by FantasyFan on October 13, 2012

Format: Kindle Edition

“I absolutely love this book. It has made my learning the Kanji much easier. The stroke orders are given which makes it easier to learn and to write each kanji. There are also some MP3 and pdf downloads that are helpful. I give this book two thumbs up!!!”
by Kindle Customer on April 22, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Our Story

Way back in 2001, Yumi & Clay Boutwell had just finished their first book, Hiragana, the Basics of Japanese, and wondered how best to sell it. Their popular and free Japanese learning site,, was a logical choice.

That worked fine for a while, but as they added more books and Japanese related materials to the catalog, it was soon evident that having a dedicated store site made more sense.

Sometime, in early 2002, was born.

Today, TJS (The Japan Shop) stocks books by Clay & Yumi as well as textbooks, grammars, kanji books, and JLPT books from world class publishers in the Japanese world. In addition, The Japan Shop now sells Japanese traditional toys such as Kendama, Japanese bentos by Better Bento, and is an official distributor of the Seikei Designs line of flatware.


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