Resource Guide for Japanese Language Students: For Listening Practice: Young Adults

This is a guide for teachers and students who are interested in finding reading/visual materials appropriate for their language level in Japanese available in the Univ. of Kansas Libraries..

About This Page

This page collects individual read-aloud video/audio clips for young adult and adult audiences, recited by professional narrators, actors and voice performers. Most of the texts are available in the Online Public Domain Book Collection, 青空文庫. Link to the original text in 青空文庫 is also provided so that the users can read the text while listening. To listen materials for children, go to "For Listening Practice: Children's Literature." This also lists several volunteer read-aloud and commercial audio book sites where you can listen sample/free recordings. undefined

Read Loud Children's Literature: 青空朗読 (あおぞら ろうどく)

「青空朗読」 is a collection of audio readings for classic literature works found in 青空文庫 . The readers of the works are professional announcers or read-aloud students. Users may read along with the recordings using the text available in 青空文庫 for extra practice. Click here to access the site.


This Youtube account, managed by those amateur and professional readers and reciters, provide the collection of reciting of works found in 青空文庫. To see the full playlists, click here.


Nishimura Toshihiko, a professional actor and narrator, reads aloud classic literature in the public domain alongside other works. The length of recordings is varied, and mostly shorter works are included in this box. To see a full list of available works, click here.

Read-aloud newspaper essays

This box is a collection of short video clips created by Yomiuri Shinbun (Yomiuri Newspaper). Each of these video clips introduces an editorial essay,  読売手帳 (Yomiuri techō), and is read by either a popular actor or by a voice actor. To see the complete list of videos on their Youtube account, click here.

Read aloud by 菱田盛之 (ひしだもりゆき)

Hishida Moriyuki is a male narrator and voice performer. He reads aloud Japanese classic literature, such as 夏目漱石 (なつめそうせき), 江戸川乱歩 (えどがわらんぽ) and essays. To see the whote list, click here.

LibriVox: Free Public Domain Audiobookx

LibriVox is a non-commercial, non-profit, and ad-free project. Volunteers record readings of book chapters that are in the public domain and release the audio file for free. Users can either download the audio files or listen to them online.


Himalaya is a podcast platform with 12 categories of audio content including life, entertainment, kids, audiobooks, and more. This box highlights several audio books available via Himalaya, as well as several sample recordings and links to the website and its apps.

This box provides links to a commercial audiobook site, including the website, its apps, and sample files. While the sample files are free, registration is required to buy content, including a subscription option for unlimited access

Temporarily Available Audio Book Collection: Amazon Audio Book Audible

Responding to COVID-19 outbreak, provides some of its audio book collection "Audible" for free.