The Cambridge encyclopedia of Japan
edited by Richard John Bowring and Peter F. Kornicki
Arranged thematically in eight sections: Geography, History, Language and literature, Thought and religion, Arts and crafts, Society, Politics and Economy.
The language section includes information on affiliation, grammar, respect language, dialects and written Japanese (with explanations of hiragana, katakana, kanji and furigana). The literature section examines the development of Japanese literature from some of the earliest classics ("Tales of Ise", "The tale of Genji" etc.) to modern authors and post-modern influences.
In English throughout with some Japanese.