From one who spends half my life in a Barnes & Noble and the other half in a kitchen (not really, but it seems like it!) - I recommend:
Quick & Easy Japanese Cuisine for Everyone - Yukiko Moriyama
Copyright 2002 $US 11.95 120 pages
Full color glossy photos with step-by-step instructions of typical Japanese fare, and very educational information about useful kitchen skills - knife skills, choosing Japanese utensils, cooking charts for all manners of rice, typical Japanese ingedient reference, etc.
Excellent for beginners and intermediate cooks.
Amazon.com: Quick & Easy Japanese Cuisine for Everyone (9784889960938): Yukiko Moriyama: Books
I use this one and a companion book on Chinese Cooking.