If you’re serious about learning how to read Japanese, give Hiragana Blog a try. Hiragana Blog is as the title says, a blog done in hiragana, one of the simplest kana’s that beginning Japanese students learn. The other is katakana; mainly used for foreign words; which you may find being used now and then.
The majority of the posts in Hiragana Blog are done in hiragana but there are times when they use kanji; the more complex Chinese characters; within their sentences. Some may see that as a bad thing but personally, I think it’s a great way to start learning and getting used to reading kanji which is the predominant character system used in Japanese daily life. If anything, the sentences used are very simple and quite easy to understand and can be translated by a beginner quite easily if taken slowly (and have an easy access to a dictionary).
Hiragana Blog touches upon Japanese life that you may not see covered in any other sites from their beautiful manhole’s, amateur baseball, and mama’s sending their children off to school. Photos also abound from temple images, daily life, events, and interesting objects.
Give Hiragana Blog a try and if you like, you can even use the images as drawing references!