Sleep Stories in Japanese

Relax tonight while listening to a famous Japanese story. The sound of gentle rain and Yumi's soft voice will help you sleep while enjoying this famous story.

While the story is intermediate level, even beginners can listen to begin training their ears to hear the sounds of Japanese.


  1. Relax in a comfortable position in your bed.
  2. Turn the volume down until you hear her voice and a hint of the rain.
  3. Slip into a restful sleep and wake up wondering what happened to the rest of the story!

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鼻 Hana (the Nose) by  芥川龍之介 Akutagawa Ryuunosuke

The story explores themes of obsessive vanity and how this affects those around us. View the Japanese and some vocabulary help here.

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Summary in Japanese and English

注文の多い料理店 Chuumon no Ooi Ryouriten (The Restaurant with Many Orders) by  宮沢賢治 Miyazawa Kenji

Two young gentlemen are tired and hungry after a full day's fruitless hunt. They happen upon an impressive Western-style restaurant right smack in the middle of the woods. But perhaps they aren't as lucky as they first appear. 

Here is an English translation of the story or view the original text on Aozora.

よだかの星 Yodaka no hoshi - The Nighthawk Star by  宮沢賢治 Miyazawa Kenji

The yodaka (Nighthawk/Nightjar) is an ugly bird. Everyone knows it. The hawk (taka) is very upset the yodaka uses his name (the taka becomes daka) and demands the yodaka change his name.

The yodaka would rather die than to change who he is. He seeks the sun, the star of the West, South, North, and East. All reject him and tell him he doesn't have the status or money to become a star.

When it seems he is nothing but a great failure and is about to plummet to the ground, he shoots up and...

Does he become a star? Listen to the sleep story to find out.

View the original text on Aozora.

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