2 Children's Classics: "Minna Unchi" & "Mottainai Baasan"


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Two classics kids books - perfect for beginners in Japanese, or parents looking to read to their kids in Japanese. Even if you can't read them, the illustrations are part of what make these books so unique.

Minna Unchi

The children's classic by Taro Gomi is actually enjoyable for anybody of anybody age. The hilarious illustrations of every character in nature pooping will remind you that, yes, everybody poos. This is the hardcover, Japanese language version.

Mottainai Baasan

Do you know what the Japanese word "Mottainai" means? Japanese people have valued the spirit of "Mottainai", and it has been passed on to coming generations. This attractively illustrated book for kids intones the themes of conservation and responsibility in all aspects of life, for example: eating every last bit of rice, and turning the water off while brushing your teeth. It's a great message for children and all the generations, and an enjoyable story. It's also great for practice if you are a beginner in Japanese! (Text is Japanese only (in hiragana text).) This book was introduced on NPR's Morning Edition

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