Executive Japanese Volumes 1-3
JP 1.003

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
Banno, Ohno, Ikeda, Shinagawa, Tokashiki
JP 1.015

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese 2nd Edition
Banno, Ohno, Ikeda, Shinagawa, Tokashiki
JP 1.022

Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese
Banno, Ohno, Ikeda, Shinagawa, Tokashiki
JP 1.024

Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Workbook 2nd Edition
Banno, Ohno, Ikeda, Shinagawa, Tokashiki
JP 1.024

An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese Revised Edition
Miura, McGloin
JP 1.019

Nihongo Chukyu J501 (Intermediate Japanese J501)
Satoshi, Masaaki, Fumiya, Koko, Hiroko
JP 1.018

Pimsleur: Japanese I: Comprehensive Course I 3rd Edition 
Lessons 1–30
JP 1.020

Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese — Learning Through Content and Multimedia
Oka, Tsutsui, Kondo, Emori, Hanai, Ishikawa
JP 1.023


*Also available are textbooks and audio programs used in past Boston College language courses.

Doing Business in Japan: Telling It Like It Is
Thirty informative articles based on the experiences of foreign-born businessmen and journalists who have lived and worked in Japan; texts of articles printed in Executive Japanese by Takamizawa © 1987 Asmik Corp.
Three cassettes: 40 minutes each
Topics include:
—Kai (company get-togethers)
—Mondaikai (problem-solving parties)
JP 4.002

Fast and Easy Japanese
© 1984, 1985
One audiocassette and phrase book of greetings, vocabulary, and expressions related to typical travel situations: ordering in a restaurant, making hotel reservations and travel plans, shopping, etc.
60 minutes
JP 1.007

Japanese Culture Capsules
© 1985
One audiocassette of practical information for the traveler on vacation or on business in Japan; includes information on Japanese customs, traditions, manners, and languages; segments on greetings, bows, tea ceremony, miyage (gift-giving), and dining out.
In English
60 minutes
JP 4.001

Japanese Language/30
© 1974
One audiocassette and accompanying phrase dictionary/study guide organized into 6 categories: general expressions, personal needs, time/numbers/colors, communications, transportation, social customs, and polite expressions; booklet includes appendix of important signs encountered when traveling.
Approx. 66 minutes
JP 1.012

Japanese Language and People
© 1991
Five 90-minute audiocassettes containing dialogues and exercises closely integrated with a video series of the same title. See description of video series in Japanese VideocassettesTeachers’ Notes containing audio tapescripts available.
Total time: 7 hours 30 minutes
JP 1.004

Listen and Learn Japanese
© 1959
1959 open-reel recording of short lessons designed to teach words and phrases used in everyday situations, i.e., at a hotel, at a restaurant, at a store, etc.; no text available.
Approx. 2 hours
JP 1.001

Teach Yourself Business Japanese
© 2008
Three audio CDs, culture book, transcripts and glossary; resource for those who would like to learn the fundamentals of speaking Japanese in a corporate setting.
Approx. 3 hours
JP 1.021

Best of China and Japan
Music from China and Japan
MISC-CD 3.004

The Rough Guide to the Music of Japan
JP-CD 3.001

鍵泥棒のメソッド Kagi Dorobo no Mesoddo  (Key of Life)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Kenji Uchida (2013)
Featured at the Seattle International Film Festival, Kenji Uchida’s Key of Life is an enjoyable modern take on a prince and the pauper-esque story. After Sakurai, a young out-of-work actor sees Kondo fall and hit his head in a bathhouse, he visits him in the hospital and discovers that Kondo cannot remember who he is. Deciding to switch identities with Kondo to have a better station in life, Sakurai leaves his belongings with Kondo at the hospital and goes to Kondo’s apartment, only to discover that he has happened to switch lives with a hitman in the middle of a job. Meanwhile, Kondo leaves the hospital, meeting Kanae who offers to drive him to his home. Kanae, an editor for a magazine, finds herself attracted to Kondo as a potential husband after helping him try to remember who he is. As the three continue about their new lives, events conspire to bring them back together in a comedic adventure that has them involved with kidnappings, crime bosses, and mistaken identity. Special features include the trailer and biographies of the actors and director.  
In Japanese with optional English subtitles.
2 hours 8 minutes


奇跡  Kiseki (I Wish)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Hirokazu Koreeda (2011)
In Japanese with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 8 minutes


Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Isabel Coixet (2009)
In Japanese and English with optional English or Spanish subtitles
1 hour 47 minutes


そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Hirokazu Koreeda (203)
In Japanese with optional English or Spanish subtitles
2 hours 1 minute


千と千尋の神隠し Spirited Away
Region 1 (NTSC) DVD
Hayao Miyazaki (2002)
Academy Award-winning (Best Animated Feature) film by acclaimed animé director Hayao Miyazaki; a modern fairy tale that blends art, story, and symbolism. After an unfortunate detour on their way to their new home, Chihiro and her parents discover an abandoned village. Not realizing they have accidentally entered the spirit world, Chihiro's parents fall prey to a powerful spell. With only her courage and the friends she makes along the way, in order to return with her parents to the outside world, Chihiro must overcome the challenges of the spirit world and the greedy witch Yubaba. Special features on disc 2 include featurettes "The Art of Spirited Away" and "Behind the Microphone"(of the English-language version); the Nippon television special filmed inside Studio Ghibli during the creation of Spirited Away; original Japanese trailers for the film; selected storyboard-to-scene comparisons.
Japanese, English and French audio tracks with optional English subtitles
2 hours 5 minutes


Animated Classics of Japanese Literature
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes; animated films of 8 works of Japanese literature; average duration of each film approximately 25 minutes.
In Japanese with English subtitles

    Video #1:
    Botchan (parts 1 & 2) by Natsume Soseki                           
    Total time: 52 minutes

    Video #2:
    1.   The Season of the Sun by Ishihara Shintaro
    2.   Student Days by Kume Masao
    3.   The Grave of the Wild Chrysanthemum by Ito Sachio
    Total time: 78 minutes

    Video #3:
    The Sound of the Waves (parts 1 & 2) by Mishima Yukio
    Total time: 52 minutes

    Video #4:
    1.   A Walker in the Attic by Edogawa Rampo
    2.   A Psychological Test by Edogawa Rampo
    3.   A Red Room by Edogawa Rampo
    Total time: 1 hour 18 minutes

風呂敷 Furoshiki (Wrapping Cloth)
1/2" VHS B&W videocassette
Comedic story presented before a live audience by Kokontei Shinsho V (1890–1973), one of the most beloved and funniest 20th-century hanashika (professional comedy storytellers) in Japan
Story: A jealous husband leaves the house for a night with his friends.  The wife welcomes Shinkichi into the house, a male friend who happens to stop by.  Upon her drunken husband’s sudden return home, the wife quickly hides Shinkichi in the closet. When the husband decides to make himself comfortable in front of the closet, the wife, not knowing what to do, seeks the advice of her neighbor who suggests that the situation might be resolved with the help of furoshiki…(wrapping cloth).
In Japanese, no subtitles
21 minutes

冬構え Fuyu Gamae (End of Life ) / (Take a Stance in Winter) [literal translation]
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1985 of television drama
Story: In the Tohoku region, couples both young and elderly deal with personal loss and death throughout the change of seasons. The characters struggle to develop, grow, and age gracefully in the season that marks the end of life.
In Japanese, no subtitles
1 hour 40 minutes

Japanese Language and People
Three 1/2" VHS color videocassettes designed for beginning students of Japanese who wish to learn the language and the culture of Japan simultaneously; produced in 1991 by the BBC and filmed on location throughout Japan, these ten 25-minute video programs are complemented by short studio and animated graphics sequences; also available: five 90-minute audiocassettes containing dialogues and exercises, textbook, teacher's guide.
Total time: 4 hours 40 minutes

    Video #1:
    1.   Introductions
    2.   All in the Family
    3.   All in a Day’s Work
    4.   Shop Around

    Video #2:
    1.   Schooltime
    2.   On the Road
    3.   Eating, Drinking, and Entertaining
    4.   Time Out

    Video #3:
    1.   Give and Take
    2.   Japan Tomorrow

今朝の秋 Kesa no aki (An Early Autumn)
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1988 of a television drama written by Taichi Yamada highlighting society’s focus on individuality and the struggles of family life
Story: An old hermit who lives alone in a mountain village gets news that his only son in Tokyo is at death’s door. He goes to visit his son at once, but struggles to find words for his dying son. Unexpectedly, he runs into his ex-wife whom he has yet to forgive for having been unfaithful; although once separated, the two come together to take care of their son.
In Japanese, no subtitles
1 hour 30 minutes

翼をください Tsubasa wo Kudasai (Give Me Wings)
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1988 of television drama
Background: Students who attend Prefectural Hanafusa High School are misfits, outcasts or slackers. Because they failed entrance exams, these youngsters were not able to attend Hanafusa Institution of Higher Learning, the prestigious private school across the street.
Story: Drama unfolds in the Maruyama family where two brothers, Eisaku and Tamotsu, attend the rival schools. Under the demands of Imaoka–sensei, will these hooligans ever realize their full potential in a school where Madonna is as important as books?
In Japanese, no subtitles
2 hours

Video Letter from Japan
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1984 intended to introduce Japan to Americans, through the eyes of Japanese children; describes the personal experiences of real Japanese students and shows how their society affects their lives; two "video letters" in one; accompanying teacher's guides available.
Approx. 25 minutes each video segment

Living Arts: Culture in Modern Kyoto
Includes a look at nohkabukibunrakubuyo, pottery, kimonos, martial arts, tea ceremony, and ikebana.

Shows 6th graders relating to each other in typical activities after school, during vacations, and on weekends. Emphasizes the values important in making and maintaining friendships.

Yan and the Japanese People Series 1
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Japan Foundation (1984)
Includes 13 humorous video skits based upon the adventures of the central character Yan, a foreigner; accompanying Teacher's Manual, Japanese-language text of video skits and English text of skits also available; intended for use by beginning Japanese language students.
Each skit: approx. 6 minutes
Total time: approx. 80 minutes

Yookoso! 2nd edition
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1999
Supplement to the text Yookoso! 2nd edition (JP 1.010/JP 1.011); includes some of the dialogues and situations covered in the textbook and others related to chapter topics.
Approx. 40 minutes
2 copies available

501 Japanese Verbs
Roland A. Lange
Hauppauge, NY: Barron's Educational Series, Inc. © 1988

The Art of Japanese Management — Applications for American Executives
Richard Tanner Pascale & Anthony G. Athos
NY: Simon and Schuster © 1981

English Grammar for Students of Japanese
Mutsuko Endo Hudson
The Olivia and Hill Press © 1994, Jacqueline Morton

Genki I: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Second Edition
Banno, Ikeda, Ohno, Shingawa, Tokashiki © 2011
Tokyo: The Japan Times, Ltd.

Genki II: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese Second Edition
Banno, Ikeda, Ohno, Shingawa, Tokashiki © 2011
Tokyo: The Japan Times, Ltd.

Japan — Images and Reflections
Japan National Tourist Organization, 1982

The Japan of Today
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, 1986

Kenkyusha's New Pocket Japanese/English Dictionary Revised Edition
Kenkyusha © 1985

漫画人 Mangajin
Past issues of magazine designed to promote Japanese language learning via the reading of manga and articles on Japanese popular culture.
Mangajin Inc. of Atlanta, GA © 1990-1997

Volume 1
No. 5 (November 1990)
No. 6 (December 1990)
No. 7 (February 1991)
No. 12 (October 1991)
No. 13 (December 1991)
No. 15 (March 1992)
No. 18 (June 1992)
No. 32 (February 1994)
No. 39(October 1994)
No. 52 (February 1996)

Takahashi's Pocket Romanized English/Japanese Dictionary Revised & Enlarged Edition
Tokyo: Taiseido Shobo Co. © 1976

Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese Learning through Content and Multimedia
Oka, Tsutsui, Kondo, Emori, Hanai, Ishikawa © 2009
Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers

Tobira: Power Up Your Kanji
800 Basic Kanji as a Gateway to Advanced Japanese
Oka, Ishikawa, Kondo, Tsutsui, Emori, Hanai © 2010
Tokyo: Kurosio Publishers