This two-volume set is the first to provide a systemic functional interpretation of the grammar of Japanese, describing it as a resource for making meaning rather than as a set of formal rules. It offers a general overview of all the major systems of Japanese grammar, with volume one covering textual functions, and volume two examining the ideational and interpersonal. The account of the grammar of Japanese is based on extensive corpus material and throughout the book the account is shown at work in Japanese discourse analysis. In addition to the general aim of presenting an account of the grammar of Japanese as a resource for making meaning, the set is also intended to extend our understanding of the semiotic potential of Japanese, and of language in general, for making meanings, taking into account both grammatical and lexical resources and linking them in a unified description of the lexicogrammar of Japanese. This contribution relates directly to current interest in the construction of knowledge, both as a cognitive phenomenon and as a discursive one, and in the modelling of language-based human intelligence.