Kanji of the Day

Join me as I learn kanji, one day at a time.


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I’ve been studying Japanese formally and informally for years.  My real weakness has always been kanji.  I could write about the problems I’ve had studying kanji, but suffice it to say one day I woke up and thought to myself “hey, forget about how many ba-jillions of kanji there are.  Just take it easy and focus on one a day!”  I realized that if I look at just one kanji a day, I would have seen 365 kanji in a year.

My ultimate intent, of course, is to thoroughly memorize all the Japanese Ministry of Education’s jōyō kanji so that I can easily do stuff like read newspapers, billboards, etc.  I’ve noticed, though, that some kanji come far more easily to me than others.  This really psychologically slowed me down.  I thought learning kanji was “hopeless”.  Now, I’m learning to forget all that– and just focus on one kanji a day.  Some I will instantly remember, some I’ll only partially remember, and others, well, they’ll be new to me again.  The point is, in a year, at the very least, I’ll have been exposed to 365 kanji.  Exposure is a step forward.  It’s better than “hopeless”.

My Kanji of the Day project represents a clean start for me in my study of kanji.  I will be reviewing kanji I already know, even if it’s just to discover a new reading, or that I didn’t know the stroke order correctly.  Everything is on the table for this project, even “ichi” 一.

I have created this blog to help me track my kanji exposure.  If you’re reading this, you’re welcome to join in on the journey…  which reminds me– I’m not a dictionary nor a linguist.  Each entry I make is not certified to be accurate nor exhaustive.  Think of these as just my homemade flash cards, but online.  Do feel free to comment on the posts if you catch errors or have stuff to add.


Written by bunkalearner

2009/06/22 at 2:47 am

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  1. wow, you’re almost a full year round with your kanji! Good luck!

    Squire Starsquid

    2010/03/17 at 2:42 pm

    • Thanks Squire Starsquid. It’s definitely a journey. One I’ll be on for the rest of my life…


      2010/03/17 at 5:15 pm

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