Yakitori’s Guide to Kanji (work in progress)

The following are some of the excellent resources I pulled from to create my Kanji system. Indeed there were giants who blazed the trail before me. They invented it, I just saw the application.

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Issac Newton

I am in the process of creating for my students a guide to Kanji learning.

With input from some of my friends I have worked through a lot of the details. And I have put the basics into practice with some of my private students. But still have very little documented to put here yet.

My method for teaching Kanji pulls from Kanji Damage’s method with a few method tweaks. It also makes it classroom friendly.

I am using the following resources to pull together the method and the materials:

Methodology –

Kanji Damage


Reviewing the Kanji

Joy ‘O Kanji  (mnemonics | resources)

Henshall kanji mnemonics

Character Mnemonics

JapanesePod Kanji Mnemonic videos

Kanji lookup that facilitates the methodology –

Kanji Alive

Character Decomposition (breaking Kanji into bits) –

KanjiDamage  (i.e. no-new-kanji-introduced-without-learning-all-its-pieces-already)

KanshuDo’s component search function https://www.kanshudo.com/search?cb=y

“Kanji Breakthrough” PDF     (the how to guide for breaking down and re-assembling characters)

Kanji  assembled by concept List of Kanji by concept

Kanji ordered by the 214 Kangxi radicals

Chinese Character Decomposition resources (wiki commons)

Practise and memorization –

Kanji practice sheets (from Character Mnemonics)

Memrise flashcards for KanjiDamage –

1700 from kanji damage

500 missing from kanjiDamage

And two  courses on Memrise dedicated to learning Kanji and their related Jukugo with KanjiDamage:

  • Kanji Jukugo (questions in 3 directions: English -> KanjiKanji -> Kana and Kanji -> English)
  • Kanji Onyomi Kunyomi ( 4 directions: Kanji -> OnyomiKanji -> KunyomiOnyomi & Kunyomi -> Kanji and English -> Kanji)

OTHER KANJI RELATED RESOURES (may or may not be included in final guide. listed here during processing)


Dark Japanese


Resources –

Wikipedia radical list

(see reference links at bottom of article)






 KanjiHacks  (old site | new site)

a comment with a good simple way to explain the advantage of Heisig method

an excerpt about studying Kanji with stories

a website with Mnemonics for kanji in an study app format



Tadoku sources and articles related to theory

Tae Kim’s thoughts (building a tadoku set for RTK is killer)

Info on free tadoku books (sorted by word count)


 Bloggers interviewed about how they learnt kanji – tofugu

************ Rmembering the Kanji digital index  (for seeding Flashcards ! )

 A kanji list of all remembering the kanji   (another digital list of all heisig kanji   | a list of heisig kanji plus keyword)

 A good explanation of RTK   And one for RTK vol 2

+++  using RTK in the classroom !!!!!!!! +++

Kanji radical videos — http://www.visualkanji.com/  https://kanjiportraits.wordpress.com/


*** A scientific study of Mnemonics in learning Kanji   and a document from a e-learning conference on mnemonics

For further research –

KanjiChain (by Smolensky) google search   (an overview of the method)


yet another Kanji Mnemonics book

Etymology website – Uncle Hanzi (Richard Sears)

Article on Henshall mnemonics, De Roo, and Heisig 

Funny – http://japaneseruleof7.com/why-you-must-learn-kanji/

More random –

Amazing kanji radicals book from the 1880s EclecticJapanese


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