This section provides pictures made mainly for elementary-level Japanese-language education.
There are seven types of pictures: ‘Elementary Vocabulary Pictures’, School Life Pictures, ‘Seasonal Pictures with Erin’, ‘UME Pictures’, ‘Pictures by Sakura & Musashi’, ‘Kyokasho o Tsukuro Pictures’and ‘CASTEL/J Pictures’ .
Elementary Vocabulary Pictures
These are illustrations for beginner level vocabulary produced by The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa. There are 308 illustrations for verbs and 129 for adjectives. There is a black-and-white version and a color version of each illustration.
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AKAZAWA Miyuki, KONO Chieko (Research and Development Section, The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa)
ISOMURA Kazuhiro, MIHARA Ryushi (Lecturers of The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa)
(Titles are current as of the time of site revision)
School Life Pictures
These pictures are used in "Challenge with Erin", a free app for
Japanese-language learners produced by The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute,
Urawa. There are 251 pictures of ‘School Life’, ‘Daily Life’, ‘Family, Job’, ‘Adjectives’, ‘Erin, Honigon and N21-J’ and ‘Manga with Speech Bubbles’.
Seasonal Pictures with Erin
These pictures were used in the user’s special download calendar on ‘Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.’. There are 73 pictures containing the characters Erin, Honigon, and N21-J, and 132 pictures related to the season.
‘Erin’s Challenge! I Can Speak Japanese.’ is a web site for Japanese language study with a story featuring overseas student, Erin, who takes on various challenges using Japanese in, for example, a Japanese high school, host family home, and Japanese town.
These pictures are used in UME, MOMO, and SAKURA, Japanese-language textbooks for secondary education in India produced by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi. There are 512 color pictures. These are categorized into nine: ‘school life’, ‘greetings and expressions’, ‘seasons, nature and weather’, ‘food and drinks’, ‘actions and feelings’, ‘animals and plants’, ‘places’, ‘people, body’ and ‘objects, tools’.
Pictures by Sakura & Musashi
These are illustrations produced for use in Japanese-language learning, which are useful for understanding Japanese society, culture, nature and Japanese people’s lifestyle. They are divided into eight categories: ‘food and diet’, ‘events’, ‘sport and entertainment’, ‘school life’, ‘daily life’, ‘health’, ‘work’ and ‘others’. They can also be searched by season: ‘spring’, ‘summer’, ‘autumn’ and ‘winter’.
‘Pictures by Sakura & Musashi’ appeared as a series of posts by ‘Sakura and Musashi’ in ‘Forum’ until March 2018.
||OKAZAKI Kumi, NAGUMO Megumi
Kyokasho o Tsukuro Pictures
These pictures are used in
‘Kyokasho o Tsukuro Classroom Activities’
. There are 402 black-and-white pictures. They are divided into seven categories: ‘grammar and sentence patterns’, ‘verbs and adjectives’, ‘school’, ‘life’, ‘Japanese culture’, ‘animals and people’, ‘items, tools, food and drinks’.
About ‘ Kyokasho o Tsukuro - Basic Resources for Secondary-Level Japanese’
Another explanation of ‘Kyokasho o Tsukuro - Basic Resources for Secondary-Level Japanese’ can be found here .
You can download both Setsumei Hen (Grammar Notes) and Renshu Hen (Activity Book) at the same time
These pictures were produced as part of research funded by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
There are 6,795 black-and-white pictures on usage examples from the Basic Japanese-English Dictionary published by The Japan Foundation.
CASTEL/J (Computer Assisted System for Teaching & Learning / Japanese) project
(research funded by Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Research representative: KOMATSU Yukihiro, senior researcher at Educational Resources Research Center, National Institute for Educational Policy Research))