Mariko enjoys spending time with her Grandma.
Reading level: Level 6 (equivalent to the required grammar of level 5 JLPT) Script types: Hiragana Characters
Number of characters: 525
Text type: Narrative
Product type: A5 saddle stitched booklet
Weight: approx. 55g
まりこは おばあちゃんが だいすきです。 Mariko loves her Grandma.
まりこは やまに いきます。 Mariko goes to a mountain.
まりこは じゅうすを のみました。 Mariko drank juice.
おばあちゃんは いません。 Grandma is not there/here.
「しんかんせんは はやいね。」 “The bullet train is fast, isn’t it?”
Cultural notes from the author
Origami has been a traditional children’s activity in Japan for more than 100 years. Many Japanese people have precious and fond memories of making origami with their grandmas. My memory of trying to make the crane origami faster and neater than my grandma still makes me smile.
2．しんかんせん（Shinkansen Bullet train）
Since my childhood, and even now, I look forward to any trip by Shinkansen. You travel quickly, in a futuristic looking train, while experiencing the delicious tastes and smells of different regional lunch boxes (eki ben) and snacks. As a child I always felt so special purchasing these things during the trip.
3. おばあちゃん (Grandma)
The importance of the extended family, (particularly grandparents) has traditionally been of great significance in Japanese society. Although this importance may be declining a little, it still exists strongly today. Since I was born, my grandma lived with us, and was always in my life. When I was a child, I used to say that she was the most important person in the world, thinking my mother’s time would come naturally after my grandma.