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Tadoku Reading Nights Hybrid

This is an archived page for a past event. For the ongoing, recurring Tadoku sessions, please refer to this page:
or the libarary main page:

Nihongo Tadoku – Reading Nights at the Library or from Home

Want to read Japanese books besides your textbook? Having trouble finding something entertaining that is also at your current reading skill?

Our reading nights are just the starting point you need. Enjoy fun, engaging material for quiet, self-reading. All books are graded by difficulty.

We offer two attendance options:

1. Participating in the library:
Please check in at the counter when you enter the library and enjoy the full range of our Tadoku collection. Please bring your own face mask and we will provide you with a pair of disposable gloves to wear while handling our books.

2. Participating online:
After you enter the online meeting room, you will read books that you own, or have borrowed from the library, or online Tadoku books. Staff members will be on standby online to help throughout the session.

After reading time (up to 60 minutes) spent on Japanese books of your choice, we will form 2 or 3 groups to start our book talk session. This occurs from 7pm and will be a mixture of both in-library and online participants.


  • Can read hiragana and katakana
  • Best suited for Japanese learners from elementary to upper-intermediate level reading ability
  • 18 years and older

If you are a Japanese-language teacher at a high school and would like your students to experience Tadoku, we offer a Tadoku session at our Centre Visit for Schools program.

What is the Tadoku Method?

Known as ‘extensive reading’, the aim in Tadoku is to accumulate many enjoyable reading experiences, over a short amount of time, while only utilising existing language knowledge. Under the Tadoku method, you are discouraged from choosing difficult texts that include frequent new grammar and vocabulary. You need to follow these four rules in order to maximise benefit from Tadoku.

  1. Choose an easy level to start.
  2. Do not use a dictionary.
  3. Skip words and phrases you do not understand.
  4. Too difficult or uninteresting content? Read a different book.


In our reading nights, the library provides books from the collection that are graded into six levels. Level 0 is the easiest level and is suitable for beginner learners who have just reached the point of being able to read Hiragana and Katakana. Levels 4 and 5 are for more advanced learners who are on the verge of reading an authentic Japanese book and therefore these levels contain some titles written for the general Japanese population such as manga and bestselling literature.

Free Online Resources

Enjoy these learner-friendly online resources while you stay safe at home.


6pm – 7:30pm (AEDT)
• November 19, 2020 (Thursday)
• December 9, 2020 (Wednesday)

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway
Chippendale NSW 2008
(You can also participate online)

Admission is free. RSVPs essential.
Please choose an option below.

RSVP for in the library RSVP for online

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Reservations close at 5pm AEDT two days before the event.

Online participants will receive a reminder email with the Zoom link at midday AEDT the day before the event. If you have not received the reminder email by then, please contact us immediately.

(02) 8239 0055

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