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.

 Picture production SASAKI Mika
 Design/Production 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’.

Picture production Brain Corporation
Design/Production ISEKI Sugako

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.

Picture production Brain Corporation

UME Pictures

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’.

Picture production HOSHINA Konomi

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.

Picture production 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

Picture production SHIKAMA Yoko

CASTEL/J Pictures

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.

Picture production 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))