Japanese Picture Books

In this week’s book post I have something special for you – I’m sharing the picture books we brought back from Japan! They are not all available in English, but I thought you might be interested to see them. In the video, I’ve given you a peek inside each of them and an idea of what each book is about, including gorgeous illustrations, fun surprises, and hilarious story lines.

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Notes on the books:

The first book is called ‘Doshaburi’ which means as much downpour or cloudburst. It’s written and illustrated by husband and wife team Yuko Ohnari and Koshiro Hata. Unfortunately it does not seem to have been translated in to English, but you may be able to get hold of it via Amazon Japan.

The second book is called ‘Shirokuma no Pantsu’ which literally translates as ‘Polar Bear’s Pants’. It’s by Tupera Tupera. There is an English translation available called ‘Polar Bear’s Underwear‘ (Amazon Affiliate Link).

The final book is the first in the ‘Oshiri Tantei’ series, by Tororu (the pseudonym for the creative team of writer Yōko Tanaka and illustrator Masahide Fukasawa). Oshiri Tantei literally translates as ‘Butt Detective’. It also doesn’t seem to be available in English, but you can find all the Oshiri Tantei books on Amazon Japan. There are also a couple of apps with interactive Oshiri Tantei books on the iOS App Store, search for FLAMA (the developer) to find them.

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9 Comments on Japanese Picture Books

  1. Sarah Stockley
    4 April 2019 at 11:13 am (1 year ago)

    Firstly wow Japan! We would love to go. Secondly, my daughter who’s 11 collects Japanese books, she loves the anime style ones and loves that they are read from the back to the front. These look fab.

  2. Clare Minall
    4 April 2019 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for sharing! I have not had time to read and wish I could read more. Thanks for the book recommendation. I studied Nihonggo and wish I could still understand this :)

  3. sonia cave
    4 April 2019 at 5:42 pm (1 year ago)

    These are beautiful books and it is always interesting to see books from other countries and adds variety. I like the raining one best I think :-)

  4. Sabina Green
    5 April 2019 at 8:51 am (1 year ago)

    What a great little collection of books to own. These are so beautiful and ones to treasure.

  5. Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    5 April 2019 at 9:06 am (1 year ago)

    What precious picture books! It’s always super inspiring to see publications from overseas and hiw they differ from what we are used to seeing x

  6. Anosa
    5 April 2019 at 9:59 am (1 year ago)

    When I was young, I had a Japenese friend and she loved sharing her books with me but they were all in Japanese which I don’t read lol

  7. Kelly-Anne
    5 April 2019 at 1:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Now this is a place I would love to go and explore.i really like the look of these little books.

  8. Stephanie
    5 April 2019 at 6:31 pm (1 year ago)

    These are beautiful books and love the pictures. Interesting to see books from another country

  9. Melanie williams
    7 April 2019 at 7:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh wow how lovely are these Japanese picture books. These would be perfect to gift xx


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