Obentoo is an innovative, three-stage course for junior and senior high school learners that offers an exciting, culturally based approach to study of the Japanese language. Its clear, colorful layout allows for a lively presentation of Japanese language and culture. Obentoo 1 is set at an international school in Japan. Student books feature colorful, easy-to-use layouts, clear explanations of grammar and vocabulary, and richly illustrated manga-style cartoons, also in audio recordings. Hiragana and katakana are introduced gradually throughout Obentoo 1, with furigana provided for all katakana to allow greater flexibility and to cater for differing teaching styles. A small number of kanji are also introduced in Obentoo 1. Songs, cultural and socio-cultural background, and stimulus material for follow-up activities are integrated into the lessons in Obentoo 1. The Student Book also features explanatory notes on language taught in each unit, handy particle, adjective and verb charts, and comprehensive Japanese-English/English-Japanese word lists. Each stage of the Obentoo course consists of a Student Book, a Workbook, audio material and teacher support material.