©Hebizo & Umino Nagiko

16th Manga Division Jury Selections

Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo

Hebizo (manga) / UMINO Nagiko (text) [Japan]


In this comic essay book, a Japanese-language instructor helps her foreign pupils solve the riddles of her native tongue. Non-Japanese students are particularly assertive in their questioning of the language’s quirks. Their queries make Japanese readers laugh even as they rediscover the charms of their own language and country.