Books About Japan by Tuttle Publishing, and a GIVEAWAY!

17 Apr

IMG_7931 I recently received a few books to review from Tuttle Publishing (thank you!). I was happy to do so because we already own and love “Japanese Celebrations” by Betty Reynolds (blogged about it back in 2011 here) so I was excited to see what else they had to offer.

Did you know that: “The Tuttle Publishing Company was established in 1948 in Rutland, Vermont, and Tokyo, Japan, and is today regarded as a premier publisher and seller of books rooted in Asian culture, language, and history…Today, Tuttle publishes 150 new titles each year in focusing on Asian Languages, Asian Food & Cooking, Gardening & Flower Arranging, Crafts & Origami, Children’s Books, Martial Arts, Asian Literature, Games & Graphic Novels, Asian History & Culture, Health & Fitness, Self-help & Eastern Religion, Asian Art & Collectibles, Interior Design & Architecture, Travel Guides, Maps, and Business Books.​” source WOW! I had no idea they specialized in and published so many books about Asia. There’s over 100 books about Japan alone.

The book I’d like to highlight today is “Cool Japan Guide” by Abby Denson. This one was a surprise favorite. I’m typically not super into comic books, but this one was very informative and fun to read. IMG_7933 Our family is going to Japan again soon, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed thinking about what to pack, what to see, how to get around, etc. This book did a great job of compiling a lot of helpful travel tips! Abby explains what to pack, how to get and use a JR Pass, what to see and eat, manners when using a Japanese bath/onsen, what a homestay is like, etc. I would highly recommend this book to anyone preparing to travel to Japan for leisure/business or for a homestay. It might also make a great gift for someone who loves Japan!


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The day after receiving this book, I caught my 7-year old daughter reading the book. She loved the comic-book style and enjoyed learning about what to expect in Japan. My father, who is Japanese, picked up the book one day and asked if he could borrow it. IMG_7942 I know we can get a lot of free information online these days, but there is definitely something special about flipping through an actual book. I feel like I learn so much more.

Anyway, would you be interested in winning this book from Tuttle Publishing? They have generously offered to send “Cool Japan Guide” to a Hiragana Mama reader (sorry they had originally said any book, but the company just told me in order for this to be open worldwide, it has to be just this book). To be eligible to win, please visit Tuttle Publishing and write a comment below saying which book(s) look the most interesting to you! Please also include an email address so we can contact you if you win. For a bonus entry, please share this post on Facebook or pin it on Pinterest, then comment saying that you did so. The winner will be announced Sunday April 19. Good luck!

*****the giveaway is now closed*****

CONGRATULATIONS, adriperezvieira! You are the winner of the free book (chosen using You will be contacted shortly. おめでとうございます!

Everyone else, you can get free shipping over $50 at, or their titles are available via Thank you for reading!

30 Responses to “Books About Japan by Tuttle Publishing, and a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Ashleigh Emana April 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM #

    Elementary Japanese Volume One (Hardcover with disc)

    We are just starting Japanese with our kids, and would love this to help!

  2. Ashleigh Emana April 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    Pinned and shared on Facebook!

  3. Kate Carmody April 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    History of Japanese Art looks interesting.

  4. Takashi April 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM #

    Crossed fingers!!
    I’d like that book: “Measure and Construction of the Japanese House”

  5. Takashi April 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM #

    Pinned and shared

  6. Ashlee April 17, 2015 at 4:04 PM #

    We would love a book about Japan or Asia! We lived in Japan for 3 years and loved it! We would love to keep that memory alive!

  7. Tara F. April 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    My kids would probably like My awesome Japanese Adventure, I like Everday bento, but since we are learning Japanese I would probably get the flash cards or A phrase a day In Japanese.

  8. Helen April 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

    I would be happy to win any of the books. I lived in Japan for 9 years and loved it. I love to share everything about Japan to anyone who’ll listen, including my 6 year old son and kids at the local preschool where I volunteer as a Japanese teacher, teaching them very simple words & greetings. These books would be a great tool for that. よろしくお願いします。

  9. Tara F. April 17, 2015 at 4:19 PM #

    Shared on Facebook!

  10. Tara F. April 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM #

    Pinned it too

  11. eclecticlamb April 17, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    So many of their books look fantastic! I am especially interested in 600 Japanese verbs.

  12. Jessica April 17, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    We would love to win!! Our girls visit Bachan often and we would love to get them more emersed in the culture. We also shared this post!

  13. Anita April 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

    “A geek in japan” sounds interesting! Also, that’s how I got introduce the japanese culture before starting studying it seriously. Thank you very much for the givaway!

  14. MIrai April 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM #

    I used to study in Japan for one year and a half. The book “Cool Japan Guide” by Abby Denson make me miss Japan. Thank you

  15. Genesis April 17, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

    “Everyday bento” my girl is ready for preschool this year!, I’ll be very happy in trying these bentos 🙂 Thanks!!!

  16. Susan April 17, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

    I’m really interested in this book you reviewed–would love to win a copy! But another one I’d like to have is My Awesome Japanese Adventure.
    Tuttle titles top the list of books on Japan!

  17. Dan Harayda April 17, 2015 at 5:39 PM #

    Posted and any book would be fine

  18. Anya April 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM #

    What a cool giveaway! I love Tuttle Publishing, buy their books all the time.
    Love Dictionary of Japanese Food for hubby, Elements of Japanese Design is awesome (I actually have it :)), Japanese Ink Painting for artistic inspirations, Kokoro looks super interesting,definitely putting The Japanese Language on my wishlist, Yokai Attack! for my son 🙂

  19. Sayaka April 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

    Cool Japan Guide sounds awesome, my whole family would learn a lot from it!

  20. Catherine April 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM #

    We’d love Cool Japan Guide. 🙂

  21. Fiona MacLeod-Green April 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM #

    I’d love “Cool Japan”! I have a 5 year old who would be fascinated… 🙂

  22. adriperezvieira April 17, 2015 at 6:11 PM #

    “Cool Japan Guide” obviously, seems interesting. But from the webpage “Basic Buddhism Through Comics”and Botchan by Soseky . My email:

  23. adriperezvieira April 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

    I have also pinned about the giveaway: (hadripv)

  24. Brenda April 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

    Kanji Made Easy looks like a great book! Pinned to pinterest.

  25. Miranda April 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    Love Tuttle books on Japan and Japanese. I would love a copy of the new Cool Japan book for my classroom to help prepare my students for our trips to Japan! Have shared on my Facebook page. Thanks! 🇦🇺🇯🇵

  26. Summer April 17, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    I think I’d get the treasury of Japanese folktales,

  27. cmmerwin April 17, 2015 at 10:34 PM #

    “Everyday Bento” looks like a fun one!!

  28. Tonya April 17, 2015 at 10:41 PM #

    Every Day Bento. I make a bento box for my sons lunch. Totally American lunch food but I love to look at the pretty and creative Japanese bento lunches

  29. Fabian April 18, 2015 at 12:27 AM #

    As a student of international management, I would be very interested in the terms described in “Japan’s Cultural Code Words”.

    Take care!

  30. Sharon April 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM #

    Wow! So many of these books look great and we would love to win the Cool Japan book. We will be heading back for a visit to Japan soon (my kids’ first) and I know they would be mesmerized by this book.

    For me, the ones that piqued my interest were:

    Business guide to Japan
    A guide to food buying in Japan
    Japanese for health-care professionals

    As a Japan newbie without fluency in the language, I remember how it felt to step into the supermarket and to go to the doctor the first time. I learned a little through experience but I’d like to learn more.

    Pinned and shared on Facebook. Fingers crossed

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