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金魚(きんぎょ) | Goldfish


部屋(へや) | My Room
大学(だいがく) | The University
東京の町(とうきょうのまち) | Tokyo City
日曜日(にちようび) | Sunday


金太郎(きんたろう) | Kintarou
走る名人(はしるめいじん) | The Master Runner
ヘンゼルとグレーテル | Hansel & Gretel
ぱたぱたとふうふう | Patapata & Fuufuu
おおかみが来た(おおかみがきた) | The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf


日本(にほん) | Japan

105 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2010 7:39 pm

    Count on seeing a nice small post about this great idea mate on me blog tomorrow 🙂

  2. ニケ permalink
    May 11, 2010 12:55 pm

    How wonderful! I just read the Goldfish story and picked up a few new words and kanji along the way – this is great practice. 🙂

  3. Selvinas permalink
    May 13, 2010 6:10 pm

    This is great! I’ve been having problem finding something to read according to level. I especially like that it has spaces between words, makes it easier to figure out the words.
    Once I have more vocab I’ll be popping in here more often! Thanks for the work!

  4. March 11, 2012 8:22 pm

    I love these readings! I’m just discovering your blog and I find it so great with its interessing tips even if you haven’t added new post for more than a year. Will you come back soon?

  5. クリス permalink
    September 6, 2012 12:34 am

    Thank you, this is very helpful. I love your practice sheets and stories!

  6. October 20, 2012 9:56 pm

    I heard of this website in a forum. So far: absolute love to Chokochoko!

  7. November 13, 2012 3:03 pm

    This is great. It’s quite difficult to find reading materials aimed at beginners who don’t know 100s of kanji yet. Most reading materials that I’ve looked at are way beyond my current ability. I think it’s important to be doing reading practice as early on in your Japanese studies as possible. Would definitely like to see more of this kind of stuff. Nice one!

  8. David permalink
    December 10, 2012 5:12 pm

    I believe the font is called Kozuka Gothic Pro

  9. Susan permalink
    December 18, 2012 8:09 pm

    Lovely. I do wish you had more Absolute Beginner readings. They are very helpful.

  10. Suhas Ingle permalink
    January 28, 2013 12:08 pm

    Korede kekko desu. Omoshiroi desu. Arigatou

  11. February 4, 2013 10:57 pm

    Thanks for the material! Will be going over each one of them 🙂

    Although, is there some sort of translated version somewhere so I can check if my translation is correct? Would certainly appreciate it

  12. Heena permalink
    March 15, 2013 6:22 am

    korewa ichiban desu yo!!!!

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      May 10, 2013 4:39 pm

      arigatou heena-san

  13. Zach permalink
    March 29, 2013 5:22 pm

    This. Is. Awesome. Thank you sir/madam!!!

  14. m e l v z permalink
    May 10, 2013 4:33 pm

    thank you for making and sharing this site….learning and writing Japanese made it easy…Arigatougozaimasu….

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      May 10, 2013 4:38 pm

      you’re welcome! 🙂

  15. Roz permalink
    May 18, 2013 5:08 pm

    This is brilliant. Easy and interesting.

  16. July 12, 2013 12:16 pm

    These articles are a great way for me to brush up on vocabulary in context. Thank you!

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      July 12, 2013 5:47 pm

      You’re welcome mushroomchow!

      • July 15, 2013 6:12 pm

        Just one thing I was wondering – the Hansel & Gretel story has a part that doesn’t seem to make sense – “わあ ふかふかの ぺっとだ”. Am I right in thinking that’s a typo? ベッド being the correct term? Or am I just missing something in the story? ^^

  17. Christine permalink
    September 28, 2013 2:32 pm

    Thank you for this brilliant idea! I’m French and began to learn Japanese a few months ago. I found English ressources were really helpful ans this one is just great!

  18. Oscar permalink
    November 4, 2013 9:09 pm

    Searching for reading graded materials I found this site, it’s very useful and complete, thanks a lot!

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      November 4, 2013 11:05 pm

      Glad that you like it!

  19. Table permalink
    November 21, 2013 7:35 pm

    This is some great stuff, do you plan on adding more?

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      November 22, 2013 12:40 am

      Hi Table,
      Thanks, I think in the future, yes

  20. Anonymous permalink
    December 22, 2013 1:38 pm

    Apakah cocok

  21. shilpa permalink
    January 15, 2014 11:27 am

    Hontoini omoshiroi desene

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      January 15, 2014 11:51 pm

      Shilpa, arigatou gozaimasu—!

  22. AllenaReifu permalink
    February 14, 2014 1:13 am

    yakuni tatemashita, arigatou gozaimasu 🙂

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      February 14, 2014 11:15 am


  23. Anonymous permalink
    February 17, 2014 7:52 pm

    Thanks !!! This is great!

  24. Karolina permalink
    February 25, 2014 6:26 pm

    Hi, I think it’s really helpful, so big THANKS for you 😀 but I would like to ask you about some articles about Japan in japanese, of course 🙂 You know, I like studying language and culture at once, maybe the others too. It’s really hard to find something like that. A little about history, culture, interesting places, etc. It would be great to find it here, I think some people would agree with me 🙂

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      February 25, 2014 7:13 pm

      Appreciate it! Hope everything you find here is useful to you

  25. The Japanarian permalink
    March 3, 2014 12:06 pm

    this is REALLY great practice!!! Thank you so much!!! ^_^

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      March 3, 2014 2:14 pm

      Glad you like it Japanarian! 🙂

  26. March 12, 2014 10:55 am

    Thank you. I have been looking for stories and reading material all over the internet but this website has proven to be the most useful. Thanks alot.

    • Squire Starsquid permalink
      March 12, 2014 11:00 am

      You’re welcome Beldina!

  27. Thanh permalink
    March 21, 2014 11:55 am

    thank you so much for your effort. ❤
    A small question, we just have 11 lessons for N5 only? Could we get more reading lessons with same level?

  28. Gary permalink
    April 4, 2014 1:34 pm

    Love the N5 stuff – need more at this level as I can’t find much else out there.

  29. Nguyen Duc Tam permalink
    April 22, 2014 9:44 am

    Dear Chokochoko,

    Thanks very much for your reading material. I love these documents but I face difficulty with Lesson Kintarou. Can you please give the English version of this lesson.

    Thanks and Best Regards,
    Duc Tam

  30. ericasansei permalink
    May 22, 2014 9:47 am

    Thank you so much! This is AWESOME:D

  31. Kristyna permalink
    July 1, 2014 7:47 pm


  32. Alice permalink
    September 18, 2014 7:47 am

    I love these 😀 They are really helpful and cute. Unfortunately for me, my kanji is holding me back. I am at about N4 level with speaking and comprehension and stuff, but I can’t go past level 5 on here yet ;( Hopefully these readings will help me widen my kanji abilities 😀

    • September 23, 2014 11:16 am

      Hi Alice, well hang in there! I’m sure you’ll soon be able to read more advanced level stuff!

  33. October 8, 2014 4:24 pm

    I just want to check my version of the goldfish story. Here is my attempted translation below. Please help me make any corrections as well as subtle differences and nuances in the story I did not translate properly.

    A long, long time ago goldfish came from China. They are bred as pets, as it is easy. Goldfish come in a variety of colours, however there is no true golden coloured goldfish. The mains colours are, orange, white and black. Gold fish like freshwater, they really do not like seawater. Goldfish eat insects and things like waterplants. Do you like goldfish? I like goldfish a lot!

    • October 11, 2014 12:50 pm

      Hi filmstein! Your translation is pretty much spot on. Sure you can change certain use of words but the meaning is correct. Good job!

  34. October 11, 2014 9:18 pm

    Hey guys me again. I tackled the room story which I think is fairly straightforward. I just want to get my translation checked in case there are any glaring problems, he does seem to have a pretty strange setup in his room.

    Mr Tanaka’s room is on the second floor. In his room there are desks, chairs etc. There are 3 desks. There are 6 chairs. There are 4 beds. There is also a radio in the room. There is no television. There is a television in the student club. The toilet is on the 2nd floor. The bathroom is on the first floor.

  35. October 13, 2014 7:54 pm

    SPOILER – Sunday
    Hey guys, in usual fashion I want to post my version of the Sunday story for any corrections. I hope I’m not affecting other peoples learning by posting the supposed answers. Let me know and I shall stop 🙂
    I was confused about the various, sorekara, sorede, sohshite, usage so if anyone notices any problems let me know. Also would 二人 be more naturally translated to “they” or is it just “the two people”?
    Finally I’m finding it difficult to distinguish male from female due to the neutrality of the word san. I’m assuming kimura san is a woman because she buys tea and Jack san’s a guy but even then I’m not convinced (they could both be guys or girls in my reading). Is this just a case of learning what names are masculine/feminine in Japan? .
    Yesterday on Sunday the weather was good. The good weather was really unusual. The international student, Kimura san, and Jack san from the Japanese department went together by bicycle to Shibuya. Later, they went shopping in Shibuya’s shopping centre.

    The Shibya shopping centre is the largest shopping centre. Kimura san bought tea and other stuff from a shop there. Jack san bought stationary and food. After shopping the two went to a restaurant. The two ate a meal over there. Then Kimura san and Jack san went to a park. There, they walked for about 30 minutes. After that the two went to a cinema and watched a very interesting film.
    Hontoni arigatou.

  36. Anonymous permalink
    November 13, 2014 4:26 pm

    Please post more of these!! This is a great website and exactly what I’ve been looking for in my studies; I’m so sad that there are so few essays/stories to read.

  37. Vivek S permalink
    November 17, 2014 3:50 pm

    This is great stuff ! Can we work on more essays / stories which will be helpful for learning purpose

  38. N4person permalink
    January 11, 2015 9:02 am


    • N4person permalink
      January 11, 2015 9:04 am……more.please……((((rough.translation))))

    • N4person permalink
      January 11, 2015 9:05 am….more.please..

  39. Soresuke Maru permalink
    January 18, 2015 7:46 am

    Nice reading materials! Many thanks! 凄い読み物のため、ありがとうございました!

  40. January 25, 2015 9:45 am

    Wow, this is so great! It really helps me, and I believe so many other people out there, who are scrambling around looking for reading materials. And yes, I also believe that increasing your reading frequency really helps a lot in improving a language skill.

    Thank you very much doing this! Really appreciate it.

  41. ココア permalink
    March 16, 2015 5:07 am


  42. Quessy Intrepid permalink
    April 1, 2015 3:31 am

    Awesome. This is really helpful. Thanks!

  43. Anonymous permalink
    April 19, 2015 5:06 pm

    The best resources I’ve found so far. Thanks!

  44. Naoto permalink
    May 14, 2015 9:03 am

    Really awesome, exactly what I was looking for ! ありがとう !

  45. July 22, 2015 6:35 pm

    Thanks a lot for this work. Very nice simple texts for the beginner, please continue this project – I shall recommend it to my Japanese related friends.

  46. Anonymous permalink
    August 26, 2015 12:58 am

    Very helpful indeed! thanks for sharing.

  47. Anonymous permalink
    October 6, 2015 8:32 pm

    I’ve read the first story with the golden fish. You use the 金魚は way way too much. When you use は you establish the subject and then you never use it again unless you change the subject. It’s a bad habit to use it so much.

    On the other hand awesome resource, thanks 😀 I will continue reading

    • October 8, 2015 11:47 am

      Hiya! It’s for complete beginners, so they still need to learn and establish using は. 🙂

      • Toodle Doo permalink
        March 11, 2016 3:05 am

        This is such an amazing resource for practicing reading and expanding vocabulary. I have been using it on and off for a little over a year now. I logged on today and found that none of the story links are working anymore, I was so disappointed! Is this a temporary problem? I sure hope so, this site has been great!

  48. hinoko permalink
    October 8, 2015 2:57 pm

    Thanks for these! Really! 🙂 it helps a lot since most of things online are “free” (you either have to sign up or pay premium and the free ones are just excerpts) i’ll start reading stuff now but i have to build up on my vocab first. hehe. again ありがとうございます!!!

  49. Franklin Shirley permalink
    November 10, 2015 12:53 am

    This website is perfect for picking up vocab and reading practice. Thank you so much !

  50. Anonymous permalink
    December 31, 2015 5:51 pm

    For Hansel and Grettel, page 2 should it not say 家に かえると お母さんが ない
    て よろこびました?, I’m a bit confused

  51. February 8, 2016 12:56 pm

    brilliant speech

  52. caim permalink
    March 1, 2016 10:04 am

    Hello thanks so much. these are amazing for new learners however seems the links from firegrub are down and i forgot to save them locally. could you check please ?

    • Anonymous permalink
      March 2, 2016 4:33 pm

      I just found this site and it looks like a great resource for my students but as mentioned above the Firegrub server is down or at least the links via the server for the documents themselves. Will they come back online?

  53. hfihdjkfdhjk permalink
    March 4, 2016 5:00 pm

    Links are broken!!!

  54. March 8, 2016 8:43 pm

    argh why aren’t the links working???

  55. amieroselong permalink
    March 14, 2016 12:06 pm

    None of the links are working 😦

  56. takeshi_g96 permalink
    March 19, 2016 6:32 pm

    Hello there, thank you so much for your website, I’ve spent lots of time reading these stories… but now the links don’t work anymore and I didn’t download them all before 😦
    Could you fix it please, or find a way to upload all the content in just one zip file and provide the link…
    Best regards.

  57. March 21, 2016 7:33 pm

    please fix the links! All of the links in categories N1-N5 are down! This website has such good resources, it’d be a shame not to re-upload them 😦

  58. Madhura permalink
    March 24, 2016 4:59 pm

    Download is not working. I loved the passages . they were very helpful.

  59. April 4, 2016 7:10 pm

    All of the beginner level reading samples and quite a few of the other level samples can be recovered from the wayback machine (just google for wayback machine)

    • Toodle Doo permalink
      April 4, 2016 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much for the great suggestion! I only found 3 or 4 stories among the entire collection that did not work. I didn’t know a website like that existed 🙂

  60. June 3, 2016 3:18 am

    None of these links seem to be working D:

  61. June 19, 2016 1:45 am

    None of these links seem to be working D:

  62. July 2, 2016 11:23 pm

    Can you please post those links again? I really want to get all those sheets D=

  63. July 14, 2016 8:09 pm

    Links are broken, sadly :C

  64. nekomanc3r permalink
    August 21, 2016 5:48 pm

    The links still work in web archive’s snapshot, here:

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 27, 2016 6:42 am

      nekomanc3r, thank you so much!

  65. Alexa permalink
    October 16, 2016 6:54 pm

    why is not working??

  66. Dante morales permalink
    January 31, 2017 9:40 pm

    It’s not available anyone 😭
    Could you please upload again please 🙏

  67. April 19, 2017 2:50 am

    Super-Duper blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also.

  68. Anonymous permalink
    September 20, 2017 9:29 am

    hi maybe I’m doing something wrong but it says no file when I download I would appreciate your assistance

    • Anonymous permalink
      October 31, 2017 5:46 pm

      The same goes for me. Seems like it was abandoned…

      • Yulie permalink
        August 3, 2019 12:35 am

        Same 😦

  69. September 16, 2019 8:21 am

    No habia regresado tu sitio web por un tiempo, porque me pareció que era aburrido, pero los últimos posts son de buena calidad, así que supongo que voy a añadirte a mi lista de sitios web cotidiana. Te lo mereces amigo. 🙂



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