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Jan 7, 2013

The Yotsubato! Reading Pack: Available Now

At long last, the reading pack is complete!
Let the reading begin!

About the Reading Pack:

The goal of this reading pack is to help you take the first step in reading Japanese. Reading manga is an amazing way to combine having fun and learning Japanese, and Yotsubato! is such a simple and enjoyable story that it's the subject of this first reading pack.

After using this reading pack and getting a taste of the pure joy that it is to learn how to read in Japanese, you'll find the inspiration and motivation to keep reading and tackle other titles.

Here's a list of what is included in the pack:

  • Sixty-six pages of vocabulary list! The vocabulary for each page of the manga compiled to form the ultimate reading companion.
  • Over 1200 vocabulary cards plus 31 sentences pre-loaded into Anki decks
  • A short instruction manual to help you get the most out of the reading pack

Note: Files come in both document and PDF formats, packaged inside of a RAR file. To open the RAR, you may need to download WinRAR (you can google or try this download).

The Vocabulary List:

The vocabulary list's purpose is to make reading easy. You won't need to look words up in a dictionary because it's already been done for you. The vocabulary list is a whopping sixty-six pages long, with each word of each page listed for convenient reference. It's organized according to the manga page number, so it's extremely easy to find what you need.

The Sentences:

Just like the vocabulary list, each sentence included in the reading pack is from the manga. These are solid sentences that will really help you with both grammar and vocabulary. Just load the sentences into Anki after you've had some time to learn the vocabulary to get additional exposure to the language.

Anki Decks:

All of the sentences and vocabulary for the first volume of the manga have been pre-loaded into Anki decks, so all you have to do is import. There are more than 1200 cards in total! By combining these decks with the vocabulary reference list, you'll not only be able to read the manga, but learn and remember all of the words that you encounter along the way.

How to buy the reading pack:

This reading pack was originally offered in a name-your-own-price system that allowed you to pay nothing at all if you desired, but is now shifting to a fixed price of $10.00. However, you can still receive this first reading pack completely for free if you so choose. 

I would greatly appreciate it if you would purchase the Yotsubato! Volume One Reading Pack for $10.00, and you can click the Add to Cart button below to do so. 

Add to Cart

If for whatever reason you're unable to purchase for $10.00, then use the link below to get the reading pack for free. If you get it for free, please smile at a stranger, pet a puppy, or do something else to "pay it forward."

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Don't own the Yotsubato! manga?

In order to use this reading pack, you need the manga. It's a very popular series and can be found at almost any retailer that carries Japanese books, but here are links to a couple stores that have it in stock.

Now go read some Japanese!


  1. Kinokuniya is now out of stock...they weren't this monday morning! Sais they will try to get more from publisher and will know in 2 weeks! So I ordered from Japan...fairly expensive to send.

    I had trouble with downloading as it comes as a RAR file...ended up buying twice as I tried to figure it out! Finally downloaded trial WinZip. Hope this helps someone.

    1. Thanks for the heads up! I'm surprised that they ran out so quickly. I'll try and find some other retailers to list on here.

      Also, sorry for the trouble with the RAR format. I've added a note in the post to help others who may be having trouble opening it.

      Have fun reading!

  2. Hooray! Thanks for this, Tigoris.

    Also, if you're ordering from Japan, (formerly bk1) is probably the best bet, although it works out better buying a lot at once than just one manga.

    1. I added a link to purchase from Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just picked up a copy. I decided to pay a little extra too (can't put a price on literacy, but we can try!).

    My first impression is really good. I can tell that you put a lot of work into this. I'm also pretty happy to see the colloquialisms converted as well.

    I'll likely post again with my results, though that may be a while from now. ありがとうございます!

    1. Thank you! I look forward to hearing back from you!

  4. Thank you for your effort :-)
    Are you planning to release a Reading Pack for Volume 2 too?

    1. If I make a second reading pack, it will be for a different series. If you can make it through the first volume of Yotsubato! with the reading pack, then you should be ready to take on the other volumes without any help. The reading pack is just there to give you a helping hand with the first one.

      Good luck!

  5. Your reading pack has given me the kick-start I needed to start reading Japanese.

    I feel comfortable enough now to take off the stabilizer-wheels and start reading more manga, looking up words myself with a dictionary, but I have a question for you.

    How did you go about looking up colloquialisms, contractions and set phrases? I've experimented by entering some of the contractions in your vocab list into online dictionaries, and not had any luck. This is going to be a stumbling point for me, so it would be really helpful if you could give any advice.

    And once again, thanks for the reading pack. I really appreciate the work you put into it!


    1. Hey Jon,

      At your stage, just try to focus on looking up kanji when the full word doesn't work. If you can put the kanji into a dictionary, you can probably find the normal form of the word. Sometimes you just have to skip a word and wait to encounter it again later. As you read more, you'll build up an intuitive knowledge of colloquial language, so you'll know what the normal form is just by looking at it (so then you can go look it up).

      Just remember that you don't have to learn it all at once. You can come back or wait to encounter the word later and learn it then.

      Thanks for the feedback!

  6. I downladed for free as I'm compleatly broke atm. But I do fully intent to pay for it as soon as I'm able.

    Thank you so much for this.

    1. Good luck with your studies, and have fun reading! =)

  7. Downloaded for much less than it's worth, plan on paying full value at a later time. Totally broke right now.

    Thank you so much for the amazing pack!

  8. I downloaded the free version just to give it a try, but I'm planning to buy the paid one soon!

  9. Wait... are you honestly trying to sell a vocabulary list/anki deck from words extracted from よつばと!? Jesus. If anyone is to be given any money, it is the mangaka, not someone who threw together an anki deck using copyright word; containing vocabulary which is... well, words. Words are free.

    Just download the free version and upload it to the Anki web shared decks online. Good luck trying to get it removed, considering the content it came from isn't yours.

    If you care about the manga, and give a shit about learners, this should be a free resource. Good thing you linked to where the manga is being sold.

    Try to set a concrete price for this and keep your eye out for a lawsuit, buddy, considering those sentences you are trying to sell are copyright owned by あずまきよひこ. Scumbag man.

    1. I'm sorry that you feel this way. I'm inclined to think this is some attempt at trolling, but perhaps you're serious. In any event, the content IS offered for free if you so choose and the pack itself is nothing that you could not make yourself if you so chose. There is no need to feel obligated to purchase, as it is ultimately only a tool of convenience.

    2. Bahaha "Words are free", so textbooks should be offered free of charge too? Writers should just give away their finished novels, because "words are free"? As somebody who's actually carried oput similar projects for my own personal use, I actually know how much tedious, laborious effort goes into something like this. By all means, if the price (which can be FREE, if you so choose) is too much for your tastes, compile your own lists yourself and enjoy spending precious time doing that, when you could be studying.

      The primary purpose of these lists are rendered more-or-less void unless the purchaser also purchases the manga. If anything, this could very well drive up sales of the manga because learners are more likely to go with a manga they have a convenient study route for early on, over manga they would have to do this work for themselves (I know I am).

      I hope you're just trolling because honestly your comment was so dripping with sanctimonious idiocy that it decreased my faith in the human race's prospects for surviving through the century, just a little.

  10. It's not entirely clear whether the Anki deck contains everything that the booklet does. Does it?

  11. Thanks for sharing! I'll be sharing this with my study group~

  12. I'd really love to be able to pay, but it's just not possible for me right now. Thanks so much for making free an option. I'll do my best to pay it forward.