Reading level: Level 7 (equivalent to the required grammar of level 4 JLPT )
Script types: Hiragana and Kanji characters
Number of characters: 592
Kanji characters covered: 一、二、三、十、百、村、人、川、年、時、間、今
Pages: 20 pages of text plus 7 pages of photos
Text type: Factual recount
Product type: Saddle stitched booklet
Weight: approx. 85g
つりばしなので、あるくとき ゆらゆら うごきます。
As it’s a suspension bridge, it moves when walking.
かかし村は このえきから くるまで １時かんぐらい かかります。
It takes about one hour from this station to the scarecrow village.
わたしが こどものころは、たくさん 人が すんでいました。
When I was a child, there were lots of people living there.
Cultural notes from the author:
Deep in the mountains of Iya, there is a ‘scarecrow village’. Approximately 15 years ago, one Japanese lady made a scarecrow for a field, then decided to make more. As a result of her interest in making scarecrows, the village currently has more than 200 scarecrows! She says there used to be lots of people living in this village. However, over the years, the majority of young people in this village have been moving to bigger cities. Now, there are approximately 30 residents. This book will take you to the village and let you meet some of the scarecrows who live there.
Product Code: 9
Publisher: Tashiro Literacy