Are Japanese books really read from back to front? Is text read backwards (bottom right to upper left)?

I am studying Japanese and recently picked up a childrens book to help my reading skills. I have not been given any guidance to where to begin reading.
Thanks!
Eric

It’s not back to front…because to them American books are read from back to front! Lets just say…Japanese books and also Chinese books are read with the pages turning to the right (opposite of Americans).
Like traditional Chinese books (since the Japanese language and calligraphy came from Chinese language), Japanese books are read from the right top going down and up and down and up until you reach the left bottom.
Some modern books are products you buy will have readings just like American books meaning reading from the left top to the right bottom (across). ^^ Hope that helped.

7 Responses to “Are Japanese books really read from back to front? Is text read backwards (bottom right to upper left)?”

  1. dph says:

    Yes, they are read back to front. But I think each page is read left to right, characters going down the page, rather than across.
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  2. RedCloud_1998 says:

    YES!
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  3. TheDave says:

    The first japanese guy you come to, ask him.
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  4. Mephistopheles says:

    Traditional books are although today many are arranged in the European manner. When you can read Japanese the arrangement of the text will be apparent.
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  5. Kuroi says:

    Text can go any way it can. It can be read like how you mentioned it,Western style(how English is read), or right to left from upper right to lower left.
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  6. amy2181989 says:

    It’s not back to front…because to them American books are read from back to front! Lets just say…Japanese books and also Chinese books are read with the pages turning to the right (opposite of Americans).
    Like traditional Chinese books (since the Japanese language and calligraphy came from Chinese language), Japanese books are read from the right top going down and up and down and up until you reach the left bottom.
    Some modern books are products you buy will have readings just like American books meaning reading from the left top to the right bottom (across). ^^ Hope that helped.
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    Being Chinese myself and also being a Japanese manga fan! ^^

  7. j_chiramel says:

    see amy
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