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GENKI Japanese Readers are learning resources available to institutional customers. Application is required for purchasing subscriptions.
Also, read the Terms of Service at the bottom of this page before applying. You will receive an email from us after applying.

What is GENKI Japanese Readers?

These are readers for elementary Japanese. They cover a broad range of material, including funny stories, scary tales, Japanese folk tales, and introductions to places in Japan. The grammar and vocabulary correspond to the content of the popular GENKI elementary Japanese series. Each reader is written in simple Japanese so that learners can enjoy reading them without relying on a dictionary. The library comprises 46 readers, divided into two sets (Vol. 1 & 2).

The texts are written using the grammar items and vocabulary studied in all 23 lessons of GENKI: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese (I & II).

  Level No. of Titles Correspondence with GENKI
GENKI Japanese Readers [Vol. 1] early elementary 24 Textbook I (Lessons 1–12)
GENKI Japanese Readers [Vol. 2] advanced elementar 22 Textbook II (Lessons 13–23)

The grammar items and vocabulary of two GENKI Japanese Readers titles correspond to those of a single GENKI textbook lesson.

Example: GENKI Japanese Readers L5-1 (A Trip to Okinawa) and L5-2 (Animal Islands)
→These two titles use grammar studied in the first five lessons of the GENKI textbook. Also, at least 95% of the text of both titles is made up of vocabulary studied in those lessons.

  • Every title is in full color. Ample illustrations and photos aid the learner’s understanding of the text.
  • Furigana are provided for all kanji.
  • Audio recordings are available for all titles. These can enhance the learner’s experience and pleasure through uses such as reading while listening, or reading after listening.


Eri Banno (Professor Emeritus, Okayama University)
Yoko Ikeda (Professor, Ibaraki University)
Chikako Shinagawa (Emeritus Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Mieko Sakai (Professor, Oita University)

GENKI Japanese Readers [Vol. 1] Title(Click each title to preview its content)

GENKI Japanese Readers [Vol. 2] Title(Click each title to preview its content)

Steps for subscribing

STEP 1:Apply for subscription
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STEP 2:Wait for our email on a subscription plan for you
We will create a subscription plan tailored to your application and email it to you. Applications are processed in the order received.


STEP 3:Log in to the Digital Store and create a new account (first time only).
Click on the link emailed to you to open the login screen. If using for the first time, create a user account for your institution. If you already have an account, log in to it.


STEP 4:Enter your order and payment information
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STEP5:Receive e-book reading website IDs / passwords and begin using your subscription
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Terms & conditions


Subscription rates

Vol.1 basic subscriptions start at \18,000 for 6 months, \30,000 for 12 months (excl. tax)
Vol.2 basic subscriptions start at \18,000 for 6 months, \30,000 for 12 months (excl. tax)

The GENKI Japanese Readers subscription rate depends on the number of users and the length of the subscription.
The subscription rate varies according to the number of users.Before applying, determine the number of people who will use the subscription.
All applicants must purchase a subscription at the basic rate, which covers up to ten users.If you have more than ten users, purchase an add-on subscription for each additional user when ordering the basic subscription.
When the period of subscription ends, your access to the products subscribed will be terminated. To maintain access, you will need to purchase a new subscription.
Only one subscription plan can be contracted per product.A single institution cannot contract more than one plan.

6-month Plan 12-month Plan
Basic subscription (for up to 10 users) ¥18,000 ¥30,000
Add-ons (\300/month per additional user) ¥1,800 ¥3,600

The rates above do not include tax.

Examples of orders

Ex. 1: Subscription for 13 users (2 teachers + 11 students) for 12 months

Basic subscription \30,000 + 3 add-ons (3×\3,600) = \40,800 (excl. tax)

Ex. 2: Subscription for 20 users (3 teachers + 17 students) for 6 months

Basic subscription \18,000 + 10 add-ons (10×\1,800) = \36,000 (excl. tax)


Payment method

  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
  • PayPal

Only online payment is accepted.We’re sorry, but payment by bank transfer is not available.



Q. I teach Japanese language privately. Can I use GENKI Japanese Readers?

Yes, you can. Small privately run classes are also considered institutional customers, so you can purchase a subscription.


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