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on 21 May 2011
After having purchased the French and Spanish visual dictionaries from DK, I knew I was in for another high-quality dictionary - and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest!
This book is a valuable tool for expanding your day-to-day Japanese vocabulary as it presents related vocabulary in an ordered fashion, often providing you with useful words you wouldn't have otherwise thought of looking up. I would also imagine this book very useful on any trip to Japan.
In terms of presentation, all the pictures are labelled with the Japanese in its most commonly written form (be it hiragana, katakana or kanji), its romanji pronunciation and the English translation. Some of the pictures are a bit dated (especially the fashion section - my goodness!) but this doesn't in any way hinder its usefulness. The kanji is also printed in a nice clear font, but there is no furigana (but that should be easy to work out from the romanji).
As for the layout, the vocabulary is neatly ordered by subject area, such as home, appearance or services. Also there are two pages of essential phrases at the back, as well as short sections on particles and antonyms, which perhaps could have been expanded upon.
The best thing about this book is how it works, as well as its convenience. By associating the picture with the word, you are more likely to remember it and its respective kanji. It is small enough (slightly larger than a CD case) to be carried around in your bag for a quick brush up on the bus or the train.
I fully recommend this book to anyone learning Japanese, or any of these DK visual dictionaries to any language learner for that matter. This book certainly helped me for my Japanese AS exam!
''''Bacchiri! (Spot on!)