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Japanese Boom?

I buy most of my books online these days, and rarely spend time in bookstores. But it's fun to browse in bookstores and find books that are worth reading. That's one of the things I like to do in Sapporo.

One thing I noticed this time is the display of many how-to books on Japanese. Yes, it's been kinda "Japanese boom" going on here in Japan. This trend seems to come every once in a while. "How to write good Japanese" things are especially popular. I think the recent rapid increase in the number of the Internet users has helped accelerate this boom, to some degree. When I first started writing on the Net around six years ago, I felt I wasn't a good Japanese writer and looked for how-to books.

Those books helped a lot? Hmm...I should say, I don't think so. ;)