OverviewThe new editions of the Obento series have been updated in response to teachers' feedback and changing emphases in the curriculum and technology. Now supported by a suite of digital resources, including the NelsonNetBook, the best loved features have been continued, with an innovative and logical methodology for introducing script, rich video and audio resources, and an emphasis on intercultural understanding and language learning. Obento is a fully integrated course in three stages, written specifically for secondary students learning Japanese. Obento Deluxe is the first level in the new edition of this highly popular series. The expert author team of Peter Williams, Sue Xouris and Kyoko Kusumoto bring their expertise, creativity and humour to this comprehensive resource. Hiragana and katakana are introduced incrementally as learners venture through the units. The order of hiragana and katakana introduction is decided by the vocabulary and functions that appear in the units, not by the order they appear on the hiragana/katakana charts. The intercultural understanding general capability and intercultural language learning (IcLL ) components of The Australian Curriculum: Languages has not only been interwoven throughout the series, but also appears in the Teeburu Manaa sections of the Student Book. This section features stimulus material such as case studies, realia, interviews, and so on, and encourage students to explore these points further either via class discussion or homework investigations. The Obento Deluxe website, at www.nelsonlanguages.com.au offers a comprehensive suite of engaging digital resources for students. *Complimentary access to NelsonNet is available to teachers who use the accompanying student book and workbook as a core resource in their classroom. Contact your education consultant for access codes and conditions.