Obenkyo (Android)

Learn Japanese hiragana, katakana and kanji, and test yourself by drawing, or multiple choice. This application helps you memorize:

  • Japanese syllabary :Katakana & Hiragana, with flash card, keyboard, or drawing recognition
  • Numbers, in romaji, Hiragana, or kanji
  • 2300+ japanese kanji’s (level 1-5 JLPT or Jouyou 1-7) with stroke animation (source KanjiVG), translation, readings (Source KanjiDict) with flash card and drawing game.
  • 14600+ japanese words (in

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Manga Sensei

Manga Sensei offers multiple free options for learning Japanese, including a daily grammar podcast, a daily Kanji video on YouTube, a 30 day basic grammar challenge, and an original manga strip that teaches different grammar and cultural lessons. The latter follows the Yamaguchi Family as they travel Japan and meet interesting characters and grow up. Each weekly theme is written by Japanese natives for all … [ Read more ]

The Different Ways To Learn Kanji, As I See It

The kanji methods war is broken up into several camps, which I will be naming the following:
– Repetition
– Vocabulary & Context
– Reading Reading Reading
– Heisig’s
– Mnemonics With Readings

As I go through each “Way Of The Kanji,” I’d like to look at the positives, negatives, and history of each (if possible).

Slime Forest Adventure

Slime Forest Adventure is a learning RPG which aims to teach a basic set of Japanese language skills. The free demo version of the game teaches the user how to identify all hiragana and katakana characters, along with up to 200 kanji, and also contains supplementary grammar training. There are two premium versions of the game: Gradeschool Kanji expands the kanji covered to 1,000 and … [ Read more ]

Kanji Games

Kanji Games is a site offering two Kanji learning games, to be used either on the site or via iOS apps. Kanji Connect is a fun way to learn JLPT kanji/vocabulary and the full version (not free though a free ‘lite’ version is available) contains over 1125 kanji (45 levels x 25 kanji), covering JLPT N5 to N2. The Lex Flashcard Game app is a … [ Read more ]

How To Identify A Kanji That You Don’t Know

Koichi at Tofugu offers up an excellent primer on identifying unknown kanji characters and lists some useful resources. Even more useful resources are mentioned in the comments, so check them out as well.

How to Learn 2,000 Kanji in 3 Months: Mission Possible

Your mission, if you choose to accept it Mr. Hunt, is to master the meaning and writing of 2,042 “Standard Use Kanji” (常用漢字・じょうようかんじ) in 90 days. This feat normally takes the Japanese themselves all the way through the end of junior high school, and most non-native learners of Japanese never make it even after years of study.

But worry not! Armed with the right psychology and … [ Read more ]

JLPT Level N5 Kanji

Sample sentences covering the JLPT N5 level kanji.

JLPT Level N3 Kanji

Sample sentences covering the JLPT N3 level kanji.

JLPT Level N4 Kanji

Sample sentences covering the JLPT N4 level kanji.

Handwritten Kanji Recognition

Draw a kanji in the box with the mouse. The computer will try to recognize it (be careful about drawing strokes in the correct order and direction). The screen will write the top ten kanji which it thinks match your as you enter strokes with the best match on the left and hyperlinks to the entry for that kanji in Jim Breen’s “WWWJDIC.” If you … [ Read more ]

The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Learning Kanji

The Japanese learning industry has, for all intents and purposes, failed you. It’s not your fault that learning kanji is like hitting your face on a curb, it’s the industry as a whole. Sure, there are pockets here and there that are pretty smart about it, but they tend to be small and nobody really knows about them. Most likely, you know what your teachers … [ Read more ]


Excel@Japanese is a new way to learn vocabulary and Kanji quickly to prepare you for all levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or general reading fluency. Download the Excel@Japanese spreadsheet to learn up to 7000 Japanese words and their Kanji.

* Covers all Kanji vocabulary words from all JLPT levels. We will be adding all JLPT non-Kanji vocabulary shortly.
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Read the Kanji

Read the Kanji is an quiz application bent on allowing passionate Japanese learners to hone their kanji skills to perfection. We want to show our users that with practice, learning kanji is not impossible, but in fact very doable. Also, we try to make in fun (and challenging) in the process.

In the current version, we are focusing on JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) vocabulary … [ Read more ]

The Top Two Thousand Kanji

This list was produced by scanning over a million kanji on thousands of Japanese web pages and ranking them according to the number of times they were seen. In total, over 3200 distinct characters were encountered. However, in order to eliminate anomalous entries at the lower end of the frequency scale, the list was arbitrarily truncated at 2000 entries.

Each kanji character on this page is … [ Read more ]


renshuu.org is a collection of resources and personalized tools for studying and mastering Japanese vocabulary and kanji. Information exists for the Genki, Intermediate Japanese, Japanese for Busy People, JLPT and Kanji Kentei.

You can use this site without registering, but the free registration allows you access to personal quiz history, a quiz scheduler (great for the JLPT!), and an advanced quiz system that keeps track … [ Read more ]


This site is geared to helping you learn kanji, kana, and japanese vocabulary, with occasional articles about Japan thrown in. Menu items include:
– Kanji
– Kana
– JLPT vocabulary
– Games
– Lessons
– Reviews
– Downloads
– Culture
– Forum
– Blog

Kanji Names Project

Japanese students wrote English explanations of the meanings of their Japanese names. All of the kanji is given in caligraphy-style images. You can also get your name translated into Kanji.